With our ever-growing program, the SMSP staff is available to provide clarification on the nomination process, expanding services offered, and general inquiries.


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Abu Dhabi Staff

Aisha Hamisi
Manager of Operations and Student Advising
Office: +971 2-628-4023
• Summer Academy applications
• Summer Academy Open House events
• Summer Academy New York trip

Povashni Naidu
Assistant Manager for Programming and Strategy
Office: +971 2-628-4885
• Summer Academy Italy trip
• Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program (SMSP) applications
• SMSP information sessions

Yusuf Samara
Assistant Manager, Administration, and Alumni Affairs
Office: +971 2-628-5033
• Summer Academy and SMSP alumni network and events
• SMSP alumni board

Dharini Parthasarathy
Academic and Student Affairs Specialist
Office: +971 2 628 4731
•SMSP graduate school applications
• Summer Academy undergraduate school applications
• Assistant Instructor of Leadership and Public Speaking and Public Presentations classes


Sara Almheiri
Program Coordinator
Office: +971 2 628 6670
• Summer Academy alumni events
• STARS program
• SMSP alumni events

Karim Hassan
Academic Affairs Coordinator
Office: +971 2 628 7621
• Academic affairs
• New program development

New York Staff

Jonathan Marsh
Academic and Student Affairs Specialist and Instructor
Phone: +1-347-421-2646
• SMSP graduate school application/recommendation support
• New York-based alumni events
• SMSP advising

Brittany Baker
Manager of Academic and Administrative Services
Phone: +1-212-992-7261
• Tuition payments for alumni at NYU
• Student trips to New York and Washington, DC