Our People


Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Founder of AHA Foundation

Ayaan’s journey began in Somalia in 1969 where, as a young girl, she was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). From very early on, she questioned the subjugation of women she saw all around her; while listening to a sermon on the many ways women should be obedient to their husbands, she couldn't resist asking, "Must our husbands obey us too?" Ayaan has shown great courage, risking her life to expose the violence she sees around her. But she has done more than speak out. Ayaan has connected her life experiences, and the attention she garnered, to the AHA Foundation. She took action to protect women and girls from the violence she - and so many others - faced.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is currently a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and founder of the AHA Foundation. Prior to joining the Hoover Institution, she was a Fellow at the Belfer Center’s Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University, and a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Read more

Our Team


George Zarubin

Executive Director

George Zarubin is an attorney and a seasoned, senior executive with 20 years of philanthropic and non-profit experience in Washington, DC, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. He built the organizational capacity of foundations and non-profits by overseeing their transformation, sustainability and ensuring targeted and measurable impacts. With an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and law degrees from Tulane University Law School and McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, Mr. Zarubin practiced law for 10 years in California and Russia before transitioning to work with non-profits and international development. As the former Executive Director of the Soros Foundation Kazakhstan, Vice President of the Eurasia Foundation, and President of Eurasia Partnership Foundation, he worked as a change agent and implemented new programs to promote liberal western values, supporting civil society organizations to engage in policy dialogues with national and local governments. One of Mr. Zarubin’s favorite quotes was given at Salzburg Global Seminar where he worked as Vice President designing and raising money for international dialogue programs about the world’s most pressing issues: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead


Amanda Parker

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Director

Amanda Parker is the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Director of AHA Foundation. Ms. Parker oversees AHA’s women’s rights programs. She develops federal and state policy proposals to protect women and girls from harmful cultural practices, recently working with Michigan to put in place the most comprehensive anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) legislation in the country. She has facilitated trainings on honor violence, FGM, forced marriage, and child marriage for more than 3,000 professionals likely to encounter cases, and has supported survivors of these abuses to help them find protection and the services they need.

Michele Hanash

Director of Policy and Women's Programs

Michele is an experienced attorney and women’s and children’s rights advocate. As the Director of Policy and Women’s Programs, Michele leads the foundation’s advocacy efforts and women’s rights programs. Michele is passionate about ending gender-based violence.

Natalie Arroyo

Marketing and Data Manager

Natalie is a passionate human rights and gender equality advocate with a Business Administration degree from Texas State University. She joined the AHA Foundation in 2018, working in various roles that showcased her creativity, passion, and dedication towards ending gender-based violence. Her focus has been on raising awareness of human rights abuses in the United States, and she is committed to educating people and empowering them to take action.

Egypt Leithman

Case Management Associate

Egypt joined AHA Foundation in 2020 as a Help Request Case Manager intern. He earned an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University and is currently pursuing his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. His areas of interest include: Trauma/recovery, Asylee/Refugee populations, and LGBTQIA+ issues. Egypt is passionate about helping marginalized communities. Egypt joined the AHA Foundation to provide support to those in crisis by connecting them to the appropriate resources.

Oluwadamilola Alabi

WE STOP FGM/C Chicago North Side Program Coordinator

Oluwadamilola has a master’s degree in public health from Northern Illinois University and a background in health administration. As a student intern in Nigeria, she facilitated health talks on female genital mutilation, nutrition, and hygiene to pregnant and nursing mothers at a community health clinic. In Chicago, Oluwadamilola worked as the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Service Coordinator at Southview Care before joining the AHA team in 2020 as the Program Coordinator of AHA’s federally funded WE STOP FGM/C Chicago North Side program. Since joining the team, Oluwadamilola has also become one of AHA’s leads on FGM training nationally.

Jasmine Xiao

Program Coordinator

Jasmine joined AHA Foundation as a Program Coordinator in 2023. She graduated from Duke University with a degree in Public Policy and has experience in nonprofit programming and marketing. As Program Coordinator, Jasmine helps facilitate AHA's Campus Fellowship Program and works to encourage student leaders to become agents of change in their communities.

Lisa Brett

Senior Consultant

Lisa helped found the UK’s National FGM Centre and chaired their advisory board before moving to Washington DC in 2017. Having initially studied Electronics, Lisa worked in manufacturing before joining Voluntary Service Overseas in 1989 to become a teacher in a Nigeria. Lisa first became familiar with the practice of FGM teaching girls in Nigeria. Returning to England, Lisa worked for the national charity Victim Support, where she sat on several international project steering groups and worked with the European Commission on projects to support victims of violence and abuse. Lisa also became involved in local politics, which resulted in her being elected to the UK’s Local Government Association, a powerful cross-party Westminster lobby group. Here she became Deputy Chair of the Safer, Stronger Communities Board where she helped found the National FGM Centre. Lisa currently supports the AHA Foundation’s activities in tackling FGM, forced marriage and honor based violence.

Sean Callaghan

Senior Research Consultant

Sean brings over 30-years’ experience in international development, having worked extensively in Africa, the Middle East, the United States, and in Europe. His work over the past decade has focused almost exclusively on gender-based violence and gender justice. For the past five years he co-led a research institute focused on FGM/C in Africa and has consulted on FGM/C in the diaspora context. Sean has lectured on community development and social justice at both undergraduate and post graduate levels in the United Kingdom and the United States. Sean is currently facilitating a number of research partnerships for universities in the United Kingdom and the United States. Sean is a PhD candidate at University of Leicester where his research explores FGM/C in diaspora communities.

Daniel Sharp

Marketing Consultant

Daniel holds a first class degree in English Literature and History from the University of Edinburgh. He is a writer and editor with bylines in many outlets. As a longtime admirer of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and her work, he was proud to join AHA Foundation as a Marketing Consultant. He lives in Fife, Scotland.

Adrianna Marshall

Digital Marketing and Communications Intern

Adrianna joined AHA in 2022 and works managing the organization’s social media platforms to raise awareness and support for the Foundation’s efforts. She holds degrees from Duke University in Visual and Media Arts, and Duke Kunshan University in Visual and Media Studies. Adrianna is passionate about women’s rights and supporting the causes, passions, and interests of young women and girls.

Grace Paulson

Policy Intern

Grace is currently in her final semester at the University of Minnesota studying political science and philosophy. She intends to graduate in May of 2023 and pursue a degree in law. She has previously worked for the Carmen Group, a policy firm out of D.C., and Womankind Worldwide, a women's rights non-governmental organization (NGO) based in London. She also has experience working in other various legal roles too, which has given her a strong background in analyzing and synthesizing complex legal data.

Anna Pham

Graphic Design and Marketing Intern

Anna joined AHA Foundation in 2022 as a graphic design and marketing intern. She is working towards her graphic design bachelor's degree at the University of Georgia. She creates graphics for AHA’s marketing team to advocate for the end of female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. As a graphic design student, Anna enjoys creating graphics, illustrations, and motion graphics. She currently resides in Athens, Georgia.

Joy Okhuevbie

Policy Intern

Joy joined AHA Foundation as an intern in 2023. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Physiology and Neurobiology and she is currently working towards her Master's in Public Health degree at Morgan State University. Joy is committed to the fight against gender-based violence, especially female genital mutilation.