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Executive Board & Team

Day to day operation of The Aramea Foundation is in the hands of an experienced Executive Board, supported by a team of dedicated and committed executives.


Azeddine Ould Daddah , Board Member

A Business Development consultant with more than 15 years of experience, Mr Ould Daddah is an expert on the Mauritanian market, as well as on major economic trends in West Africa. His knowledge of the geopolitical stakes of this region reinforces his understanding of a rapidly changing Africa, which is a major challenge in global affairs both today and in the future. Mr Ould Daddah is the Vice-President of the Moktar Ould Daddah Foundation, based in Nouakchott (Mauritania). Its main goal is to preserve and promote the memory of Moktar Ould Daddah, the first President and founding father of independent Mauritania. The Foundation supports a range of social initiatives, such as education, sports and culture. Mr Ould Daddah holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Boston University.

Antoine Joseph Assaf, Board Member

Dr Assaf was born in Lebanon and is a naturalised French citizen. He has published books and essays on a number of political and military subjects. Dr Assaf’s most recent book, Radical Islam (published in 2015) won the 2016 Vauban Prize. Dr Assaf has presented a weekly program, ‘The Clash of Civilizations’ for Radio Notre Dame, continues to consult on public matters and regularly contributes articles and chronicles to the cultural media. A philosopher and writer, Dr Assaf is a lecturer in Poetics and Metaphysics at the Sorbonne University, and a speaker at the Naval Academy and French War School. In 1986, he received his Doctorate from the Sorbonne, under the direction of Pierre Boutang. Dr Assaf is also a reserve frigate Captain.


Natal Alassad

Natal Alassad contributes to the Aramea Foundation’s Knowledge and Sharing centres. She has obtained French degrees in Arts and Interior Architecture. Ms. Alassad has extensive international management experience in Arts and Architecture in Spain and France. Also being herself an artist and having levantine background, Ms. Alassad provides invaluable advice to the World Heritage department within the Sharing Centre of the Aramea Foundation.

Maria Gomez Gutierrez

Ms. Gomez heads up the Aramea Foundation in Spain, focusing in particular on Public Relations. She is also highly involved in our Refugee centre. With more than 10 years’ experience as a public relations manager in the entertainment and communication sector, Ms Gomez has worked around the world. In 2015 she was involved in the production of the first movie ever to be made by young people with Downs Syndrome. With a natural devotion to humanitarian causes, Ms Gomez has also contributed to a variety of charity projects including, in particular, programmes focused on people with disabilities. Maria Gomez graduated in Public Relations in 2001, and is fluent in English, Catalan and Spanish.

Cédric Anthony Btesh

An experienced consultant in Marketing and Business affairs, Mr Btesh contributes to the work of the Aramea Foundation’s Peace centre. A French citizen based in Paris, Mr Btesh’s family roots lie in the Syrian town of Aleppo. In addition to being an asset manager specialising in real estate and business development consultancy, Mr Btesh works as a political analyst and adviser, specialising in French politics, lobbying and public relations.

Samuel Morris

Mr. Morris is involved in event management and the development of Social Media campaigns, as well as participating in the work of the Aramea Foundation’s World Heritage centre. A research fellow at the Middle East Research Institute, Mr Morris obtained a BA in International Relations in 2009 from Swansea University. He went on to study at the University of London, gaining an MSc in Middle East Politics, a specialist degree with a focus on both the domestic and regional politics of the Middle East.

Maria Sapozhnikova

With responsibility for the Aramea Foundation’s Public Relations, Ms. Sapozhnikova also contributes to our World Heritage, Reconstruction & Development and Peace centres. Born in St Petersburg, Ms Sapozhnikova studied at Leningradskii State University and New York University. Her travel while working in international public relations has aided her understanding of diverse cultures and traditions. Ms. Sapozhnikova supports a number of children’s charities, and is a member of various organisations promoting education and self expression. Ms. Sapozhnikova worked formerly as a producer and communication consultant at Alamia News TV Channel, London.