FRIENDS OF TAGHYEER MOVEMENT
Ibrahim Alhusseini, President
Ibrahim AlHusseini is a humanitarian and investor dedicated to financing companies that implement market ready solutions to our greatest social and environmental challenges. AlHusseini spent his early career as a sustainability-focused entrepreneur, with significant experience in operations, sales, and finance. He is dedicated to addressing our growing global waste crisis and founded FullCycle Energy LP to finance projects that convert our costly environmental problem into clean, valuable fuel to power communities around the world.
AlHusseini is a frequent speaker at family office and wealth conferences, and routinely speaks at universities and summits to promote the merits of impact investing and the solution economy. Equally passionate about gender equality and the arts, AlHusseini supports several NGOs advancing social and cultural change in societies that adversely impact women and girls. He serves on the boards of Synova Power, Cornerstone Capital, The Culture Project, The Global Partnership for Women and Girls and The Biomimicry Institute.
Stephen Stern, Co-founder
Stephen is currently a Founding Board Member and co-director of Community Engagement and Programs at Mosaic Theater in DC. Over the last decade he has created public conversations on the Middle East, communities in conflict and interfaith relations (for among others) the DCJCC, Theater J, J Street DC Metro, and currently as Founding Board co-chair of Community Engagement at Mosaic Theater of DC. Stephen was the director, co-creator and co-author of Waziristan to Washington: A Muslim at the Crossroads – a one-person play performed by Akbar Ahmed – about Ambassador Ahmed’s life and times.
Previously Stephen spent 11 years at the World Bank, working on community participation and social development in its Asia Regions, and served as a core team member for Bank President James Wolfensohn’s global culture and sustainable development initiative. Stephen was a founding partner and actor with the internationally acclaimed Otrabanda Theater Company with which he performed original and adapted theater works in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and in 35 states in the US.
Annie Berdy, Treasurer
Annie Berdy is the granddaughter of refugees, and is influenced by their struggles with poverty and intolerance. Her family legacy includes a commitment to social justice and activism. She left school at age 18 and took responsibility for a family business, after her father's passing, immediately following her mother's open heart surgery. She navigated that enertprise from financial challenge to stability. At age 27 Annie earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from New York University, continuing to work throughout that process while matriculating part time. She went on to graduate the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University in 2006 as a widow and single mother, and the Biomimicry Specialist Certification Program in 2013.
Annie has taught underserved communities with Arts Corp in Seattle, and Audubon in New York City. She has been a member of Threshold Foundation since 1988, and has co-facilitated the Sustainable Planet Committee and is co-founder of the Middle East Peace Funding Circle. Currently Annie is a participant in the The Philanthropy Workshop. Annie is also a co-founder of Partnership for Peace.