Team

liwwa, Inc. is committed to delivering job and income growth in the markets we serve. It's a goal we'll only achieve by building and nurturing a team of committed individuals with a diverse set of skills. You can read more about our team below.

Doa'a Ammayreh
Customer Service Manager
Doa'a has worked as a Customer Service Representative in Grupo Global Exchange and Al-Jummar Company. She graduated from University of Jordan with a degree in Spanish and English Literature as well earning a certificate in Spanish Translation from Universidad de Alcalá.

David Asker
Chief Data Scientist

David has worked for Bridgewater Associates and the Swedish government. He has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and an M.Phil from the University of Oxford.

Samer Atiani
Co-founder and CTO
Samer has over a decade of software development and management experience in companies like Etsy and Wireless Generation. He received his BA degree in Physics in 2006 from Guilford College.

Elana Bell Bogdan
Software Developer
Elana has experience in web development, artificial intelligence, and game design. She is passionate about making creative use of technology for social good. Elana earned her bachelor's in Computer Science from Swarthmore College in 2015.

Sondos Ghazawi
Customer Service Rep.
Sondos graduated from the University of Jordan with degrees in Spanish and English language and literature. She also holds a Social Media Marketing Certificate from the University of Sydney.

Dua'a Al-Hawamdeh
Customer Service Rep.
Dua'a has experience in the administrative field of industrial engineering, particularly business operations and solving structural problems. She received her a BA in Industrial Engineering at the University of Jordan. For her graduation project, she was trained by Palma Consulting in Amman and was assigned to work on a project for liwwa to help monitor and improve customer service workflow by developing performance KPIs.

Ameera Hiary
Chief Operating Officer
Ameera has consulted for Fortune 500 companies with The Boston Consulting Group, and worked in banking with Citigroup and JP Morgan. She received her MBA with high distinction from University of Michigan and BA degree from Wellesley College.

Faisal Al-Husry
Business Associate
Faisal received his BA in History from Brown University in 2015. He is passionate about supporting SMEs and works on liwwa's business development and operations.

Yazan Khatib
Credit Manager
Yazan has extensive experience in credit assessment with multiple local banks, including Arab Bank, BLOM Bank, and ABC Bank. Yazan earned his BA in Finance from the University of Jordan and Comprehensive Diploma for Bankers from Institute of Banking Studies in 2011.

Zaid Kurdi
Sales Manager
Zaid has worked in several financial institutions and Jordanian banks for more than 10 years, mostly in the SME sector. He has also earned a BA in Finance & Banking Science with Excellence from Al Zaytoonah University of Jordan.

Omar Mango
Credit Administrator
Omar has worked in several different fields, most interesting of which was working for Arab Bank in the field of sales and customer service, and he has completed a number of courses in banking and finance. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the Middle East University in Jordan in 2015.

Brian Marland
Research Analyst
Brian has experience in economic development and SME lending. He earned a BA in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College in 2015.

Ahmed Moor
Co-founder and CEO
Ahmed has experience in journalism and fixed-income finance. He received his BA in 2006 from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPP from Harvard University in 2013.

Ghadeer Noufal
Credit Officer
Ghadeer has previously worked in an e-learning startup focused on the banking sector. She has received her BA in Business Administration in 2014 and her master’s degree in Finance in 2015 from the American University of Beirut (AUB).

Zaid Srour
Credit Officer
Zaid Graduated from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. He has experience working with tech startups and has passed the first level of the CFA exam.

Caroline Vikati
VP of Business Development
Caroline has extensive experience in business development, marketing and mobile commerce from working at Procter & Gamble and Vodafone. She received her BA in PPE and Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania.

Hannah Wood
Software Engineer
Hannah has experience in web development and user experience design. She received her Bachelors degree in Comparative Media Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and more recently attended Fullstack Academy of Code.

Hala Zahran
Operations Manager
Hala has experience in economic research, statistical modelling and forecasting, commodity markets, and investment banking. Hala is the recipient of many awards for her research and academic achievements. She received her Master's Degree from the University of Illinois (Urbana Champaign) and her Bachelors degree from the American University in Cairo (AUC), graduating from both institutions with the highest honours.

Interns

Wael Abdul Hadi

Summer 2016

Credit Analyst
Wael is pursuing his BA in Finance at McGill University with an Economics minor. He has experience in commercial and investment banking. He is currently working with liwwa's credit team.

Bassam Al-Alawi

Summer 2017

Credit Analyst
Bassam is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Economics with minors in finance and cognitive science at Princeton University. Bassam is passionate about nurturing the growth of exceptional SMEs in the Middle East, and is currently working with our credit team.

Mustafa Amjad

Summer 2017

Business Development Intern
Mustafa is pursuing his BA in Mathematical Economics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He is particularly interested in developmental economics as well as the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship. At liwwa, he is working on improving investor engagement and conversion as well as strengthening the company's marketing efforts.

Nadeem Arar

Summer 2017

Customer Service Rep.
Nadeem earned a degree in Commercial Aircraft from the Royal Jordanian Academy and the Jordanian Civil Aviation Authority in 2013 and is now pursuing his BA degree for Business Administration at the Arab Open University. He has worked as Customer Service Representative for several companies inside and outside Jordan such as CrystalCall, Service Master, and many other companies as well.

Henoch Argaw

Summer 2017

Software Engineering Intern
Henoch is pursuing his BS in Computer Science, Economics and Data Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He has experience with backend and frontend web development at another startup and has applied that to his work at liwwa. He is currently working with the company’s software development team to continue to improve its infrastructure.

Luke Heine

Summer 2017

Data Science Intern
Luke is pursuing his BA in Sociology at Harvard University with a minor in Computer Science. He founded the Lab for Entrepreneurship and Development at Harvard, is lead inventor on an AI/ML patent submission, and created one of the largest websites in the Ivy League. Growing up in an economically-depressed portion of Minnesota, Luke deeply believes in well-placed capital's ability to unlock opportunity and power possibility.

Emilie Leforestier

Summer 2016

Summer Associate
Emilie is pursuing her MA in Global Affairs at Yale University with a focus on public/private sector dynamics and the Middle East. Prior to graduate school, she worked for the European Union and McKinsey & Co. She has also worked and volunteered in Jordan and graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce.

Cole Scanlon

Summer 2017

Data Science Intern
Cole is pursuing his BA in Applied Mathematics and Economics at Harvard University. He has experience in finance, economic research, and education technology. He is currently working with liwwa's research team.

Hassaan Shahawy

Summer 2015

Business Analyst
Hassaan is pursuing his BA in History and Near Eastern Studies at Harvard University. He is interested in the role of entrepreneurship in stimulating developing economies and hopes to attend law school after graduation.

Ali Shawar

Spring 2017

Operations Intern
Ali is pursuing his BA in Economics at Yale University. He has experience with the startup ecosystem in Amman, having worked with entrepreneurs, business accelerators and third-party NGOs. He believes that SMEs are the life-force of an emerging economy, and plans to pursue an MBA after graduation.

Raniah Shawkat

Summer 2017

Credit Analyst
Raniah received her BA in finance and banking management in 2014 from the Applied Science University in Amman (ASU) and MSc in Finance and Management from the University of Exeter in 2016. Raniah has previous experience in financial services companies, and she currently works with liwwa's credit team.

Humza Tahir

Summer 2016

Business Analyst
Humza is pursuing his BA in Social Studies at Harvard University with a Computer Science minor. He has experience in web marketing, public relations, and startup development. He is working on liwwa's marketing strategy and regional expansion.

Dhia Zitouni

Summer 2017

Business Development Intern
Dhia is pursuing his BBA in business administration with a concentration in marketing and information systems from AUB. He has experience in NGO marketing between Lebanon and Tunisia and has handled PR for two regional projects in Tunisia and worked on three campaigns with UNGC in Lebanon.

Join the team

Whether as an intern, web developer, data scientist, investment manager, or a research fellow, we'd love to have smart people on our team from all over the world. If this is something that interests you please click below to go to our careers page: