Meet the NubiYouth Team
Rania Salem, Founder & President
Rania serves as the President of the NubiYouth organization. Rania offers effective leadership through this role, she manages NubiYouth operations, and oversees programs and volunteers.
Rania holds a Bachelor of Global Affairs degree from George Mason University and is currently pursuing a Masters of International Development. She is a dedicated and passionate advocate of Nubian rights, the global BLM movement and education equality. Rania was inspired to create NubiYouth after a life-changing trip to Aswan with the NubiYouth co-founders. She hopes to educate Nubian youth on their culture and history by cultivating a positive space for youth to come together. She is committed to building a prosperous Nubian community for all Nubians and hopes to one day see a NubiYouth community center built in Nubia.
Rania enjoys spending time with her family, collecting jewelry, traveling and is a self — proclaimed DMV foodie. She is from the Seyala and Gorta II tribes.
Linda Idris, Director of Youth Development
As the Director of Youth Development, Linda plays a crucial role in coordinating and supervising various programs and activities designed for adolescents. These initiatives encompass career development, service programs, and cultural education aimed at empowering and nurturing the youth.
Linda has attained a dual bachelor's degree in Information Systems and Operations Management from George Mason University. She is passionate about honing her skills in the fields of technology and business.
Linda has a passion for fashion, enjoys learning new creative skills, and spending time with her friends. Linda is committed to helping vulnerable communities and is a devoted champion of Nubian rights. Linda is dedicated to making a positive impact on the Nubian community globally. She frequently visits both Dekka and Seyala to visit her family and reconnect with her origins. She hopes to support Nubian youth in reaching their full potential and stepping into their power.
Yusra Abdelmaguid, Director of Community Outreach & Engagement
As the Director of Community Outreach & Engagement, Yusra leads the planning and execution of activities within the community.
Yusra has achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her ultimate objective is to empower and fortify her community by organizing events, conducting outreach initiatives, and promoting education. Yusra aspires to pursue a political career and has her sights set on running for Congress in the future.
In her free time, Yusra enjoys hanging out with friends, trying out new foods at trendy restaurants, volunteering with local refugee nonprofits, and vlogging about her travels. Yusra is dedicated to breaking the stigma and raising awareness of mental health amongst immigrant communities like ours. Yusra is from both the Dekka and Seyela tribes and hopes to evoke real positive change in her community.
Dr. Fawziah Qadir, Education and Outreach Director
Dr. Fawziah A. Qadir, originally from Buffalo and now residing in the NY/NJ area, serves as the Education and Outreach Director for NubiYouth, drawing from her deep connection with her Nubian heritage.
Her academic credentials include a B.A. in International Relations, an M.A. in Peacekeeping, an M.A. in International Human Rights Law, and a Doctorate of Education from NYU. Currently a professor at Barnard College, Dr. Qadir employs her expertise in education and advocacy in her work at NubiYouth. She's instrumental in the organization's expansion to the NY/NJ metropolitan area. Dr. Qadir is a firm believer in the power of education and community development in uplifting society, with a special focus on the Nubian youth in Egypt.
In her personal life, she's a content creator (@FoozyDoes) and an avid traveler. Her personal and professional commitments reflect the strong influence of her maternal grandfather from Old Toshka, Aswan, Egypt, underscoring her connection to her Nubian heritage.
Rqkih Ibrahim, Director of Operations & Strategic Planning
Rqkih Ibrahim is a dynamic professional serving as the Director of Operations and Strategic Planning. With a solid IT and software engineering foundation, Rqkih excels in leveraging technology to drive operational effectiveness. She assumes responsibility for overseeing our organization's strategic initiatives and the formulation of long-term growth plans. She offers valuable guidance in the areas of activity planning, resource allocation, and the creation of sustainable opportunities that align with our mission and strategic objectives.
Rqkih holds a Bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Management, complemented by a Master's degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
During her free time, Rqkih finds joy in the company of her friends and family. Exploring new destinations and immersing herself in new experiences through travel are activities she deeply appreciates.