Tuba Durrani - Chair Position

Tuba has already served as the Chairperson of NYLESA for the year 2017. She is from Pakistan. She is an entrepreneur and has several years of experience in local and international NGOs. In addition to an MBA with majors in Finance with Cum Laude and a double-Masters in Women and Gender Studies from UK and Hungary, she has strong understanding of the concerns, needs and issues of UN spouses – having followed her husband around the world in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. The values of UN are close to her heart. With strong communications skills, she believes in respect for others, loyalty, responsibility for personal actions, generosity and kindness.

As a member of the Steering Committee last year, I have a good understanding of the challenges that the association faces. I will be focusing more to overcome as many of those challenges as possible in 2018.

Paola Triolo - Co-Chair Position

Paola is Italian, has lived abroad for more than twenty years. She has been working in managerial positions in the non-profit, public and private sector in several countries. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and is passionate about Environmental and Sustainable Development issues. She has managed development projects on four continents and enjoyed the challenge of working with people from all walks of life, from local farmers to heads of state. She has been a New York resident for a year now. Paola has also been acting as NYLESA Co-chairperson for the last five months and as Membership Team Coordinator for the last year.

I feel I can contribute with strategies for improving teamwork and communication among members of working group.

Eric Portas Pasqualli - Treasurer Position

I am national of Brazil and I have been working in Telecommunication Companies since 2004 mainly in the field of Revenue Assurance, Marketing and Business Intelligence. My wife started to work with UNICEF in 2014, since then we lived in Angola and now in New York City. I love to travel, discover new cultures, photography.

I am the current Treasurer, for this year I am planning to improve our budget for creation of new events and satisfaction of NYLESA members.

Nessreen Bahaa edin Abuzeid  - Career Support Coordinator Position

Nessreen moved to New York from Cairo, Egypt in 2015. She has a Master degree in Television Journalism from the American University in Cairo (AUC). She was a Senior Anchor/Correspondent at Nile TV, Egypt and a part time lecturer of Broadcast, at a Private University in Cairo. Nessreen contributed many stories to daily and weekly newspapers while, still studying at AUC. After graduating, she joined a Local Radio station in Cairo as an anchor, and later Nile TV International as an anchor/correspondent and was assigned the training of reporters. Nessreen has been Career Support Coordinator from Oct. 2017 to Mar. 2018.

I have worked on an ambitious plan for Career Support that aims at involving our members in UN activities and community service through volunteering. This will help introduce NYLESA to UN community as a professional active entity.

Shivani Berry - Communication Group Coordinator Position

I am a creative and motivated designer seeking to be part of the communications team in NYLESA. I have innate creative design skills enhanced by formal design education in NYC. I possess a wide range of design experience ranging from fashion design, in-store layout design, logo design, as well as designing marketing promotional materials such as brochures, banners etc and PR when I worked in marketing for media companies in India and London.  Furthermore, my knowledge of the Adobe Creative Cloud/ Suite and Sketch, WordPress and a Master’s in International Marketing has given me the skills and experience which I can use to assist the Marketing/Communications team.

I would love to be more actively involved with NYLESA, and work as a part of the communications team and help them achieve their communication goals for the year.

Pierre Claude Tamer - Welcoming Group Coordinator Position

Pierre is a French/Syrian Safety Adviser with over 15 years experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. He arrived in NYC in June 2017. He holds a BA in English-Arabic-English translation, 3 diplomas in humanitarian security and logistics, as well as being a graduate gemmologist and jewelry designer. Pierre started his work as a humanitarian with Lebanese refugees in Syria, and has been deployed to many countries including Afghanistan, South Sudan, and the DRC since. He speaks French, English and Arabic. Having travelled constantly over the last few years, Pierre understands the challenges and adventures that come with such a lifestyle, and is committed to supporting those newly arrived.

Coming from different cultures, and having moved around a lot, I understand that it takes different approaches to make sure everyone feels welcomed and a part of NYLESA. I will bring creativity and ideas to diversify events, and consult so that we cater to all those who are or could be members.