Team

Save the Dream is composed by a team with international backgrounds working under the leadership of ICSS Chairman and Save the Dream Founder Mohammed Hanzab.

  • Massimiliano Montanari

    Executive Director

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    Massimiliano Montanari - formerly of the United Nations - is the Executive Director of Save the Dream. His experience is with international policies, diplomacy, social innovation and design of multisectoral programmes. In countries and organisations where he worked, Massimiliano has given priority to the development of common languages among different sectors and regional cooperation grounded on the principle of shared responsibilities for the promotion of common goods, such as security, justice and development.

    Massimiliano, who also serves as Chief of Cabinet of ICSS President, has undertaken the creation of initiatives to empower youth and civil society through the use of sport and sport values, including and particularly Save the Dream.

    Before joining the ICSS and Save the Dream, Massimiliano held a number of positions at the United Nations. He worked as the Head of the International Centre for Public-Private Security Policies based in in Lisbon, lead the International Permanent Observatory on Major Events Security and previously worked at the Terrorism Prevention Branch of UNODC in Vienna and the UN High Commission for Refugees in Geneva.

  • Siham Alawami

    Special Projects

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    Siham Alawami is a public relations and communications professional. She spent 32 years at OPEC as a PR specialist. She has contributed to the development of TV programs and campaigns to promote the City of Vienna and its relations within the various Gulf countries as well as creating an understanding among the youth of Vienna. She has also worked as a print and television journalist and holds a Master’s degree in European Integration and European Studies from Webster University in Vienna.

  • Ty Francis MBE

    Business Development

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    Ty Francis MBE supports Save the Dream from his position as Chief Global Business Development Officer at the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS).

    Ty was formerly the Executive Vice President at the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing standards of ethical business practices from 2015-2017, Prior to this he was a Vice President at the New York Stock Exchange, heading up Corporate Board Member for NYSE Governance Services from 2011-2015.

    Appointed as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, in the 2017 Birthday Honours List. This honour was in recognition of services to promoting business in Wales.

    In 2014, Ty was appointed as a Business Advocate to the USA by The Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of the Welsh Government to promote foreign investment for Wales.

    In 2016, Ty launched Ethisphere’s Gender Diversity Initiative at the NASDAQ Market Site to highlight thought leadership, key metrics & data and global trends in gender diversity, ensuring that resources are available to inspire companies to take action and expand their diversity governance programs.

    Ty is also a co-host of the “Inside Americas Boardrooms” show filmed at NASDAQ Stock Exchange.

  • Bahruz Balayev

    Global Outreach

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    Bahruz Balayev is a former Edward S. Mason Fellow at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has experience working with youth on empowerment, adaptive leadership and effective decision-making. He previously held positions in various NGOs in the U.S. and Eastern Europe such as Oxfam International in New York. He received his J.S.D. (PhD in Law) and LL.M. (Masters in Law) in Human Rights and International Law from St. Thomas University Law School as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University.

  • Sakina Diab

    Social Innovation and Empowerment

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    Sakina Diab is a development practitioner who developed her professional career with the United Nations in the field of peace building, socio-economic reintegration, community development and gender related programmes. She previously managed the UNDP’s Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) Programme in Eastern Sudan. She has also provided substantial support to UNFPA’s gender and emergency related projects in Northern Sudan and Darfur. She was one of the pioneers of the Aptech Computer Education Centres in Sudan which made a significant contribution to improving IT Education and related skills in the country. She holds a Master’s Degree in Peace and Development from Juba University and BSc Hon. from University of Khartoum.

  • Shafeeque Parakkuth

    Sport for Development

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    ​Shafeeque Parakkuth is a versatile professional with international development and humanitarian background, and a proven track record in roles requiring strategic, analytical, research and communication skills. He has significant work experience in the field of community development, financial inclusion and disaster management. He holds a Master Degree in Islamic Finance from Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar and two Bachelor Degrees in Law and English Literature from two Indian universities.

  • Shabnam Hajiyeva

    Social Media

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    Shabnam Hajiyeva is a development practitioner who develops her professional career with Save the Dream in the field of communication and social media. She holds a Master Degree in International Communication from IULM University of Milan.