team

AMEL NAJJAR

Executive Director, Founder 

As the Executive Director and Founder of Children of War Foundation, Amel is engaged in all aspects of the organization, aligning her responsibilities around strategic priorities, with oversight to...

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As the Executive Director and Founder of Children of War Foundation, Amel is engaged in all aspects of the organization, aligning her responsibilities around strategic priorities, with oversight to develop and drive implementation of her vision, goals, and key initiatives.

Amel is passionate about issues concerning innovation, sustainable development, children’s rights, health and displacement. She has studied, volunteered and traveled extensively to over seventy countries.

Through her vision and experience, Children of War Foundation’s mission broadened, providing aid to children who are victims of war, natural disaster, poverty, displacement or born with a congenital anomaly. This vision empowers her team to reach out to more children in need globally. In addition to advocating for COWF, Amel is an active Ambassador for Children's Hospital L.A., advocating for current life altering research and initiatives. She has also worked with, volunteered, partnered and affiliated COWF with many non-governmental organizations including; UNHCR-United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, Operation Smile, Solace for the Children Afghanistan, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Shriners Hospital Los Angeles, Hospital Bernard Mevs Haiti, Royal Medical Services of Jordan, Ramallah Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities, American Red Cross, among others.

Amel’s studies include, University of California San Diego, majoring in Political Science, International Studies and Middle East Studies. University of Oxford, Said Business School, Women Transforming Leadership programme. Currently, Amel is a candidate for a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Oxford, Said Business School, Executive MBA programme.

An activist, for bettering the lives of children, Amel continues to conduct research for the organization, moving towards more innovative and technology-based solutions for providing access to healthcare, allowing for more impact and expansion.

 

amel@cowf.org

 

 

 

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Dr. shawana vali

U.K. Outreach Director, M.E.N.A. & Europe Ambassador

London based, Dr. Shawana Vali is founder of the London Medi-Spa, a luxury brand, providing Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Medical solutions; written by a Board of accredited Doctors worldwide,...

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London based, Dr. Shawana Vali is founder of the London Medi-Spa, a luxury brand, providing Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Medical solutions; written by a Board of accredited Doctors worldwide, bringing the most innovative treatments directly to the consumer. In addition to overseeing and practicing in her flagship office, Dr. Vali is an international speaker, educator and teaching faculty associate. Dr. Vali trained at Guy’s & St. Thomas Medical School in London, and during her time there undertook a further degree in Clinical Anatomy & Neuroscience. Over the years, Dr. Vali has completed many international fellowships, from Los Angeles, South Africa, Europe, and throughout the Middle East. In addition to her love for aesthetic medical solutions, Dr. Vali is passionate about healthcare for children. Having volunteered and having active roles with NGO’s from the around the world, Dr. Vali believes that children should be a priority when it comes to advocating for the needs of the underprivileged. More on Dr. Vali can be found at the following link. http://thelondonmedispa.com/#!/home 

drsvali@thelondonmedispa.com

 

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ILAHA OMAR

International Outreach Director

Ilaha Eli Omar is an Afghan-born entrepreneur and global humanitarian. Despite having left Afghanistan at 40 days old, she remains closely tied to and in passionate pursuit of the country's...

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Ilaha Eli Omar is an Afghan-born entrepreneur and global humanitarian. Despite having left Afghanistan at 40 days old, she remains closely tied to and in passionate pursuit of the country's multifaceted humanitarian needs and rebuilding efforts, especially within its rural parts.

In addition, Eli regularly visits impoverished countries, donating relief supplies, assessing on-the-ground realities and connecting with the most impoverished and disenfranchised. In addition to her homeland, she has led multiple donation drives for post-tsunami Sri Lanka; helped ship medical supplies to orphanages in Burundi; traveled to post-earthquake Haiti, having worked with children orphaned by the devastating earthquake, and addressed female hygiene and cholera safety within its internment camps.

Through her global MBA program, Eli has become an integral leader with Project Artemis, a mentorship program counseling enterprising Afghan women to self-sufficiency, entrepreneurship and leadership within their own communities. Currently Eli is working on accelerating the impact of the Children of War Foundation and supporting the development of new programs, capacity building and expand initiatives more globally.

ilaha@cowf.org

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DR. JEFFREY HAMMOUDEH

 Dr. Jeffrey Hammoudeh is board certified in both Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery as well as Plastic Surgery and holds faculty appointments at both the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC...

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 Dr. Jeffrey Hammoudeh is board certified in both Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery as well as Plastic Surgery and holds faculty appointments at both the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC School of Dentistry. Dr. Hammoudeh earned a double doctorate in Medicine and Dentistry at Northwestern University, then completed surgical internships in oral and general surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Rush Presbyterian Hospital. He completed his general surgery prerequisites at Massachusetts General Hospital before completing his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the Harvard Program. Subsequently, he went to the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and completed formal training in plastic and reconstructive surgery, whereupon, he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

His interests include craniofacial surgery, vascular anomalies, orthognathic surgery, reconstructive surgery, pediatric plastic surgery as well as adult plastic surgery. Dr. Hammoudeh has co-authored many book chapters covering maxillofacial trauma, reconstruction and general plastic surgery, as well as articles for peer-reviewed publications.

 

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DR. ANDREW ORDON

 

Andrew Paul Ordon, M.D., F.A.C.S., ABPS, ASPS, sometimes billed as Dr. Drew Ordon, is a plastic surgeon and an Emmy-nominated co-host of the award-winning talk show The Doctors. Dr. Ordon is a...

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Andrew Paul Ordon, M.D., F.A.C.S., ABPS, ASPS, sometimes billed as Dr. Drew Ordon, is a plastic surgeon and an Emmy-nominated co-host of the award-winning talk show The Doctors. Dr. Ordon is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Ordon is affiliated with the University of Southern California, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. He currently practices in Beverly Hills and Rancho Mirage, California. In addition to practicing, Dr. Ordon is an educator, currently a co-director of the Keck/USC Aesthetic Fellowship. Dr. Ordon also co-founded Surgical Friends Foundation, merging with Children of War Foundation in 2013.

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Claudia Nicolaou

Los Angeles Outreach Director

Claudia has been involved with COWF since it's inception in 2010.   

Claudia was born in Cyprus where she spent her early childhood. She is an accountant educated in England. Residing in Beverly...

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Claudia has been involved with COWF since it's inception in 2010.   

Claudia was born in Cyprus where she spent her early childhood. She is an accountant educated in England. Residing in Beverly Hills,  she works as a financial consultant and Private Client Realtor with numerous clients. Having lived through a war and having become a refugee herself, “Children of War foundation” has special meaning to her. She has seen the devastation of war and understands the effects that it takes, both mentally and physically.  She is the proud mother of Carl and Emile Nicolaou both successful entertainment lawyers.  Both of Claudia's son are legal advisors and consultants for COWF.  

cnn234@yahoo.com 

 

 

 

 

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DR. MARK M. URATA

Managing Director

 Dr. Mark M. Urata is the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Chair and Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is also Head of the Division of Plastic ...

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 Dr. Mark M. Urata is the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Chair and Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is also Head of the Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and Director of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Urata is uniquely qualified with board certification in both Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as Plastic Surgery and holds faculty appointments at both the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC School of Dentistry.
Dr. Urata trained for 18 years following his undergraduate education. He received his dental degree from the USC School of Dentistry and his medical degree from the USC Keck School of Medicine. He completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery before matriculating to general surgery and then completing a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at USC. He then moved across town where he completed a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He specializes in the most complex craniofacial anomalies, including craniosynostosis, syndromic reconstruction, vascular anomalies, pediatric and adult craniomaxillofacial trauma, post-traumatic reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, aesthetic surgery of the head and neck and jaw deformities.

Dr. Urata has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters and has been voted amongst the nation’s top surgeons according to multiple sources including U.S. News and World Report, Best Doctors and America’s Best Plastic Surgeons. He maintains NIH funded research within the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology related to defining TGF Beta signaling in palatogenesis. He is also interested in computerized planning of Le Fort III and orthognathic surgery and outcomes studies on cleft lip and palate.

 

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Nadia Naffa

Production Director &  Jordan Outreach 

Nadia is a Jordanian-American Producer, Line Producer and Field Producer of many years locally and internationally, working with mainstream TV and reality TV, as well as various documentary films....

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Nadia is a Jordanian-American Producer, Line Producer and Field Producer of many years locally and internationally, working with mainstream TV and reality TV, as well as various documentary films. Based between Los Angeles and Amman, Nadia has extensive experience in production consultancy, production, casting, directing, editing, landscape photography, among other entertainment specialties. She is owner and founder or Green Bananas Productions and sits on the board of Children of War Foundation.

Nadia is active with a number of Non-Governmental Organizations in Los Angeles and Jordan, having that influence by growing up in a family that is very active and successful in social change and advancement in the Mid East Region.

Nadia is extremely passionate about issues that face our society today, in particular, women’s rights, disability rights, children’s rights, environment, heritage and culture.
She believes in using the power of media and film as a tool not only to entertain but also to educate, raise awareness and bring about positive social change.

Nadia share an Emmy Award with the Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the Children of War Foundation on a short documentary, based on the inspiring journey of COWF’s first candidate, an Iraqi boy named Hashim, a victim of a roadside bomb. In addition to her Emmy, international Film Festival involvement and other awards, Nadia has also worked with and was mentored by Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville and director Larry Charles.

 

 

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Janvi Patel

International CSR, Legal Advisor & U.K. Outreach

Janvi Patel is Chairwoman and co-founder of alternative law firm and NewLaw pioneer Halebury, residing and commuting between Los Angeles and London. An employment lawyer by background, she has...

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Janvi Patel is Chairwoman and co-founder of alternative law firm and NewLaw pioneer Halebury, residing and commuting between Los Angeles and London. An employment lawyer by background, she has received and been nominated for numerous awards for entrepreneurship. Janvi was recently been appointed to Thomson Reuter’s In-House Consultation Board and is a committee member of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Mentoring Programme and an advisor to the Children of War Foundation. Janvi is a regular contributor and speaker at industry and business forums on a range of subjects from the evolution of flexible resourcing models, to mentoring, diversity issues and women in leadership.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/janvi-patel
http://www.halebury.com/janvi-patel

 

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Christina Pascucci

Communications, Media 

Christina is an Emmy Award-nominated journalist, pilot, diver, and humanitarian. Her quest to fight for human rights has taken her from central America to Asia. She fell in love with COWF while...

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Christina is an Emmy Award-nominated journalist, pilot, diver, and humanitarian. Her quest to fight for human rights has taken her from central America to Asia. She fell in love with COWF while on assignment in 2014, when she met a young Afghani girl who was receiving life-changing surgery after stepping on an IED.

Christina, who has spent the last five years at KTLA in Los Angeles, the number two market in the country, loves the heart and soul of people. Her vision is to continually effect positive change, particularly in human rights and environmental issues. She has dived with hundreds of sharks, including great whites, to expose the shark finning industry.

She traveled to Palau, an island nation near the Philippines in late 2016 to sit down with President Remengesau and discuss how other countries can emulate what Palau is doing on the front lines of climate change. Her 2015 investigative reporting into the wasteful water-use policies of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power resulted in the agency changing its policy to potentially save millions of gallons of water.

One of her most memorable reports was when she was invited personally to the Dalai Lama’s palace in India for an exclusive interview with his Holiness. Her goal is to bring elevated content to the mainstream media and shine a light on human rights and environmental issues that remain largely ignored.

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 "I Am Only One; But Still I Am One. I Cannot Do Everything, But Still I Can Do Something; I Will Not Refuse To Do The Something I Can Do."

- Helen Keller

 

"Be The Change You Want To See In The World."

- Mahatma Gandhi


Healthcare advisory

 

 

DR. ANDY CHANG

Dr. Chang graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in biological sciences and continued his education at USC for medical school and residency training in urology. Afterward, he matriculated to...

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Dr. Chang graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in biological sciences and continued his education at USC for medical school and residency training in urology. Afterward, he matriculated to the prestigious pediatric urology fellowship program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia, he distinguished himself as a superb researcher. He was also awarded a scholarship by the American Urological Association Foundation and appointed a National Institutes of Health sponsored researcher. Chang has garnered multiple awards at society and national meetings. Additionally, he has been recognized yearly as a superb clinician by his peers and patients' parents.

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DR. ANDRE PANOSSIAN

Dr. Andre Panossian is a board-certified plastic surgeon who belongs to a select group of individuals with expertise in facial reanimation, brachial plexus injuries, congenital hand and vascular...

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Dr. Andre Panossian is a board-certified plastic surgeon who belongs to a select group of individuals with expertise in facial reanimation, brachial plexus injuries, congenital hand and vascular anomalies, burns, limb reconstruction, and cleft lip and palate surgery. Dr. Panossian holds an appointment in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the USC Keck School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate education at UCLA and his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine. Following his residency in plastic surgery at USC, Dr. Panossian trained at the prestigious Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where he subspecialized in pediatric plastic surgery. His research interests include exploring the clinical application of composite tissue allotransplantation and elucidating the mechanisms of cerebral adaptation following facial paralysis surgery.

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DR. ANDREW BULCZYNSKI

An orthopedic surgeon with specific interest in sports injuries of the shoulder and knee, Andrew Bulczynski, M.D. joined DISC Sports and Spine in 2009. Committed to bringing his patients back to a...

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An orthopedic surgeon with specific interest in sports injuries of the shoulder and knee, Andrew Bulczynski, M.D. joined DISC Sports and Spine in 2009. Committed to bringing his patients back to a pain-free, optimal level of function, Dr. Bulczynski takes a conservative approach to treatment, incorporating modalities such as medication and injections. He will also refer patients to physical therapy, chiropractic treatment and/or acupuncture to repair tissues and structures whenever possible. If surgery is required, Dr. Bulczynski prefers minimally invasive and arthroscopic techniques.

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DR. JOHN REINISCH

Dr. Reinisch has nearly 35 years of experience in treating children with craniofacial deformities, cleft lips and palates, vascular tumors, pigmented ...

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Dr. Reinisch has nearly 35 years of experience in treating children with craniofacial deformities, cleft lips and palates, vascular tumors, pigmented birthmarks, and microtia (congenital deformity of the ear). He is known worldwide for his groundbreaking design and successful use of a biomaterial implant for ear reconstruction in very young children. After more than 25 years at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where he established the Division of Plastic Surgery, he is now Director of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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DR. RICK A. FRIEDMAN

Rick A. Friedman, MD, PhD is the Medical Director of Cedars-Sinai's Cranial Base Surgery Program. He also is an Otologist/Skull Base surgeon at USC, 
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Rick A. Friedman, MD, PhD is the Medical Director of Cedars-Sinai's Cranial Base Surgery Program. He also is an Otologist/Skull Base surgeon at USC, 

Dr. Friedman's current research includes the study of outcomes in the management of skull base tumors and hereditary hearing loss. He has devoted his professional life to ear and cranial base surgery as well as basic science. Dr. Friedman is a member of several ear and skull base surgery societies. He serves on committees for the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, the American Otological Society, the Acoustic Neuroma Association (medical board member), the American Neurotology Society, the North American Skull Base Society, the Triological Society, and the NIH/National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) where he serves as an Ad Hoc Reviewer

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STEPHEN HADDAD, BCO

Stephen Haddad BCO, director of Ocular Prosthetics, Inc. graduated from Worcester Industrial Technical Institute and completed his training at the...

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Stephen Haddad BCO, director of Ocular Prosthetics, Inc. graduated from Worcester Industrial Technical Institute and completed his training at the American Optical Prosthetic Center in Southbridge , Massachusetts.

Stephen Haddad BCO, BADO became a Board Certified Ocularist in 1991.

He takes great pleasure in sharing his excellent technical and artistic abilities with his chosen team of Ocularists.Stephen continually refines the process of creating the most advanced artificial eyes available. Stephen is active in his field and participates in training new Ocularists. He is a Board Approved Diplomate Ocularist and Member of the American Society of Ocularists and actively participates in lecturing and attending meetings. He is internationally known for his exceptional work in creating the most natural artificial eyes.

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DR. WILLIAM MAGEE

William Magee, III, MD, DDS, earned his dental degree at the University of Maryland, then went on to obtain his medical degree at George Washington...

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William Magee, III, MD, DDS, earned his dental degree at the University of Maryland, then went on to obtain his medical degree at George Washington University. His introduction to Los Angeles began in 2001 when he entered the combined Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program at the University of Southern California, where he has remained. After completing the six-year program, he focused his attention on craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Shriners Hospital for Children Los Angeles.

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dR. Poonam Manwani

Advisory Committee

JUSTIN SHAFFEr, cpa

COWF Accounting 

KAYLA SAMIMI INTERN

Online Media

Medical Advisory

Afghan Ambassador

Finance Advisory

Goodwill Ambassador

Legal Advisory

Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

Legal Advisory

Intern

Film Production

Mental Health Advisory

Pediatric Dentistry Advisory

Our Mission

Children of War Foundation's mission is to provide access to donated transformative surgical care to children living with a physical deformity or injuries that cannot be treated in their home country.

 

Children of War Foundation is organized under the Non-profit Public Benefit Corporation Law for public and charitable purposes: Beverly Hills, California: Children of War Foundation, Registered Non-profit, 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organization, Tax ID No. 272685205.

Children of War Foundation

612 ½ N Genesee Ave,

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone. 310-926-2693

Email. info@cowf.org