Tamara Ben-Halim (She/Her)
Co-Founder & Director
Tamara is Co-Director and Co-Founder of Makan. She is British Palestinian-Libyan and has worked in Arab civil society for over a decade. Tamara co-founded Cycling4Gaza in 2009 and led various communication and outreach projects while working with venture philanthropy organisation Alfanar. She holds a first-class MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics, an MA in Modern European Languages from the University of Edinburgh, and is a policy member of Al-Shabaka.
Dr. Aimee Shalan (She/Her)
Aimee Shalan is Co-Director of Makan. She is also a Trustee of Friends of Birzeit University (Fobzu), a policy member of the Palestinian policy network, Al Shabaka, and Chair of the British-Palestinian Council. Her previous roles have included: Chief Executive of Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), Director of Friends of Birzeit University (Fobzu) and Co-founder and Director of Pressure Cooker Arts, a not-for-profit arts and advocacy organisation. She has been a regular contributor to the Guardian and other media outlets. Aimee holds a doctorate in the Politics of Palestinian Literature.
Tareq Baconi (He/Him)
Tareq is the author of Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance. He is the former Senior Analyst for Israel/Palestine and Economics of Conflict at the International Crisis Group. He holds a PhD in International Relations from King’s College London. Tareq’s writing has appeared in the New York Review Daily, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and The Guardian. He is the book review editor for the Journal of Palestine Studies and the president of the board of Al-Shabaka.
Marina Galanti (She/Her)
Marina co-founded and was a Trustee of Rush, a UK foundation dedicated to bringing new thinking into HIV policy. After graduating from the London School of Economics, Marina worked as a journalist for outlets including Newsweek, the Guardian and Sky News, before moving into Communications, where she worked for brands such as Benetton and The Body Shop. She also spearheaded international CSR initiatives related to HIV, human rights, and the environment, and worked with Bono (U2) on the development of the Red Brand and the launch of the American Express RED card.
Muwaffak Bibi (He/Him)
Muwaffak is a career international banker based in Geneva. His core banking experience was developed at Citibank over 35 years, across three continents with diversified senior roles in banking and finance. After Citibank Muwaffak joined Credit Suisse where he oversaw the ultra-high net worth operations in the Middle East, followed by First Abu Dhabi Bank. He currently sits on several boards, including Taawon/Welfare Association, the Palestinian Museum, and the Swiss AUB Alumni Chapter. He holds an MBA from McGill University in Montreal and a BA from the American University of Beirut.
Daniel Machover (He/Him)
Daniel Machover is a leading British human rights lawyer. He has represented clients in some of the most high profile civil cases in the UK including the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, the Azelle Rodney Inquiry and cases exposing violence of prison officers at HMP Wormwood Scrubs. Daniel is a partner at London law firm Hickman and Rose, a co-founder of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights, and a member of the board of INQUEST as well as the Advisory Board of Forensic Architecture.
Dr. Mezna Qato (She/Her)
Mezna is a Margaret Anstee Fellow at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She is a historian of the modern Middle East, focusing on education, migration, development, and the histories of Palestine and Palestinians. She is a founding member of the Librarians and Archivists with Palestine, and is a Trustee of Friends of Birzeit University (FOBZU) and the AM Qattan Foundation.