“I have been passionate about humanitarian work all my life,” Jumana Abu-Hannoud explains of her natural transition into a career built around caring for others. Prior to her current role as the Managing Director of SOS Children’s Villages International where she is “expanding its network of partners towards a sustainable future through developing strategies, mobilising resources and spreading awareness of children’s rights and healthcare issues.”
Jumana worked for H.R.H. Princess Haya for five years helping to implement national, regional and international strategies around education, peace and health, and also served as a Public Relations Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Despite the heartbreaking nature of her work, Jumana says the people she meets constantly encourage her. “I find my inspiration in the strength that people show during diversity – it makes me reach within myself for my own courage and determination.”