Abdulaziz Alshehhi is a Tomoh Fellow and Assistant Instructor for the Challenges of the New Political Economy course in the Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Scholars Program. He received his BA from UAE University with Honours of the first degree, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Communications and Leadership. He studied and participated in international programs at Tsinghua University in China and Philipps University in Germany. He was also trained in the Art of Negotiation and Diplomacy from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and is an alumni of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Program for UAE Youth Ambassadors. Alshehhi loves meeting people, sharing ideas and seeing other people’s points of view, and exploring opportunities. He is enthusiastic as an NYUAD family member and believes in the importance of knowledge and education.
Aisha Hamisi is the Manager of Operations and Student Advising for the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program and the NYUAD Summer Academy. She organizes and coordinates recruitment events at various high schools and at NYUAD, where she presents at Summer Academy and meets all potential students. Hamisi works with the students up to and beyond their Summer Academy graduation. She guides students and alumni on their academic, personal, and professional goals. Hamisi heads logistics and administration for both of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs — Summer Academy and the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program. Hamisi also worked for the Human Resource department, where she helped NYUAD during its start-up phase and through the employment of its faculty and staff. Prior to working for NYUAD, Aisha worked for Lucent Technologies as a Resource Manager. She graduated from Portsmouth University with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration in 2004. Hamisi also holds a Master’s in business administration degree from the University of Wolverhampton Business School. In March 2019, Hamisi received her certificate in CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults).
Ayan Ibrahim is the Resident Instructor for the Challenges of the New Political Economy course in the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program. As an Instructor, she supports the Scholars in strengthening their critical thinking and writing skills through group writing workshops and 1:1 meetings throughout the course of the Program. Prior to joining the SMSP team, she worked as an Associate Writing Instructor for NYU Abu Dhabi’s Writing Program and Writing Center advising undergraduates on various elements of the writing process. Ibrahim is also the Academic and Student Affairs Specialist for the SMBZ Community Programs, in which she advises and assists the SMSP Scholars and the high school Summer Academy students in establishing their educational goals in preparation for their graduate and undergraduate studies, or attaining scholarship opportunities.
Ibrahim earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism (Public Relations), a minor in Psychology and a Masters of Art in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, with a concentration on Reading/Language and Literacy Education, both from Georgia State University. Since receiving her Masters, she has also worked in Atlanta, Georgia as an adjunct professor instructing adult English language learners on writing and reading skills at Mercer University’s English Language Institute and as an elementary and middle grades ESOL teacher within the public school system.
Aysha Mohammed Aljaberi is the Senior Director of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs. She provides oversight of the academic and administrative functions of the department.
Dr. Aljaberi has been a certified Clinical Scientist and served in different leadership roles in Abu Dhabi Healthcare Services Company, operations, research, and academia. She was previously the Director of Disease Prevention and Screening Center. She was the Manager for the Ambulatory Health Services’ Main Laboratories in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. A few of her achievements included; increasing the service market share and growth in revenue, the expansion of services by opening new centers in Abu Dhabi and the Al Dhafra region, the standardization of disease control practices across Abu Dhabi centers, and acquiring international and local accreditations to central laboratories. Dr. Aljaberi also served as an Adjunct member of the Health Sciences Faculty at the Higher Colleges of Technology.
Dr. Aljaberi holds a Ph.D. and Master of Research in Biomedical Sciences/Biochemistry both from the Medical Schools of The University of Nottingham and Strathclyde University, and a BSc from UAE University. She had published research in the fields of cancer cell and molecular biology and is a recipient of the Sheikh Rashid Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement and Academic Excellence from The UAE Embassy in London.
Dr. Aysha Aljaberi is passionate and contributed to the case of enhancing the living quality of people of determination. She is also passionate about childhood and youth mentorship and education.
Dharini Parthasarathy is the Instructor and Learning Designer for the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs. In this role, she serves as:
Prior to this role, Parthasarathy served as the Abu Dhabi-based Academic and Student Affairs Specialist and a New York-based Graduate Assistant for the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs. Parthasarathy holds an MS in Learning Experience Design from Brandeis University, an MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University, a BS in Electrical Engineering from Miami University, and a BS in Mathematics and Statistics from Miami University. She currently resides in the United States.
Erich Dietrich researches, publishes, and teaches on the history and internationalization of higher education, equity in access to higher education, and affirmative action policies in a comparative, international context.
With a research focus on equity in higher education, Professor Dietrich has published on affirmative action policies in Brazil and has served on the advisory board for the Institute of International Education’s International Academic Partnership Program for Brazil, which promotes collaborations in higher education. He regularly teaches a graduate-level study abroad course, Race, Class and Equity in Higher Education in Brazil. He is co-PI on a grant from the CAPES Foundation of the Brazilian Ministry of Education on “Access and Retention of Black Students in Higher Education: Advances and Challenges in a Comparative Perspective.”
A second line of research and scholarship concerns outcomes assessment of study away and global education. Dietrich is co-PI (with Professor Sebastian Cherng) of the SAGE (Study Away and Global Education) Research Project, which includes CASSIE, the Consortium for Analysis of Student Success through International Education, a federally funded research project that expands the empirical evidence on international education and student outcomes by establishing a national databank that enables a quantitative approach to understanding the impact of international education experiences on college success.
Dietrich serves as an Ambassador for the Magna Charta Universitatum Observatory, and is a former Board Member of AIEA, the association of leaders in international higher education, and former Chair of NAFSA's International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL-KC).
From 2009-2019, Dietrich was Assistant Vice President of NYU Global Programs and Associate Dean of Global Affairs at NYU Steinhardt. He holds a PhD from New York University, a master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA, magna cum laude, from Carleton College.
Dietrich is a 2022 recipient of NYU Steinhardt's Teaching Excellence Award, and received a Fulbright International Education Award to India in 2016. By invitation from the US Embassy in Greece and the Greek Ministry of Education, he conducted capacity-building workshops for study abroad in Greece in 2019. He serves as Academic Director for the NYU Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed Scholars Program and the NYUAD Summer Academy.
As a member of the first team of employees on the NYUAD campus, Jonathan Marsh has served the student community in a variety of academic and residential life roles since 2010: Graduate Resident Assistant, Senior Global Academic Fellow, Academic Resource Center tutor, teaching assistant, and English proficiency assessment consultant for Admissions' Candidate Weekend process. As a member of the NYUAD Community Programs' team since 2013, he has worked on the New York-based office staff to support alumni programming and academics at NYU New York and serves as an Instructor in the SMSP and SA Critical Thinking and Persuasive Writing courses. Marsh earned his bachelor's degree in ﬁlm from New York University and his master's in mental health counseling from NYU Steinhardt; he is a licensed mental health counselor in New York State.
Mohamed Abdishakur is an Academic Affairs Coordinator and an Assistant Instructor for the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program. He received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from UBC and completed his MBA from the Jack Welch Management Institute. Prior to joining NYU Abu Dhabi, Abdishakur was an assessment consultant for various entities, including Afaq, Strata, and AD Police. In that capacity, he facilitated leadership assessment and development workshops, led senior government executive teams, and developed competency frameworks enhancing organizational performance. In 2020, Abdishakur shifted his focus toward education and took up an academic coordinator role for the medical school at Khalifa University. He remains passionate and committed to supporting excellence in student learning outcomes. During his free time, he enjoys reading, paddleboarding, chess, and Latin dance.
Povashni Naidu is the Assistant Manager for Programming and Strategy for both the NYUAD Summer Academy and the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program. Naidu joined the Programs in 2013. Prior to this position, she successfully coordinated numerous international medical conferences for Synovetics in Abu Dhabi. Naidu began her career at Massdiscounters in South Africa, where she was a graduate associate. Thereafter, she was promoted to manage training for the retail giant. Naidu received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Diploma in Human Resource Management from the University of South Africa, and MSc Education from the University of Glasgow.
Reem Shraim is an Instructor with the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs. She currently serves as the Instructor for the NYUAD Summer Academy Leadership and Public Speaking course, Principal Instructor for the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program Public Speaking course, and Assistant Instructor for the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program Leadership course. She graduated from Zayed University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services and from the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government with a Master’s degree in Public Policy. She is an alumnus of the Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Scholars Program Class of 2017-2018. Shraim previously worked as a research coordinator for an autism study at Al Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital in Dubai, wrote articles for the Gulf News on special pieces covering psychology related matters in the UAE, and interned with Dubai Police.
Sara Aldhaheri is a Program Coordinator for the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs. She acquired her BA in International Relations from Zayed University. Politics and history are subjects close to her heart. Outside of work, she enjoys spending her time with cats and learning the Russian language.
Sara is an NYUAD alum with a BS in Biology and a minor in Heritage Studies. She was also part of the NYUAD Summer Academy’s class of 2017. She served as an Admissions Ambassador for most of her time at NYUAD. She was very involved on campus and one of her most influential duties included serving as a Cultural Engagement Assistant Manager and a UAE Cultural Ambassador, where she helped encourage students to explore the UAE and its heritage.