Naama is a native Israeli with Chilean citizenship who has spent the better part of the last 14 years dedicated to development programs in Israel and globally.
She obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology, Anthropology and Education and her Masters in Community Development Studies, graduated in honors from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. At the age of 23 Naama worked in Uganda, where she founded a local NGO Dubbed ‘Little Light’ operating an informal school and community center in one of the biggest slums in Kampala ever since. Naama has extensive experience in the field of education, specifically with youth at risk and victimized populations both in the formal and the non-formal education system and in out-of-home care programs.
With passion for human rights and social justice, Naama proceeds her career path in the field of Humanitarian aid and development. Her experience of opening and managing programs in over 20 countries contributed to her proficiency in organizational set-up, quality programming in variety of sectors as well as in management of teams in complex environments. Naama is a creative thinker, open and firm leader, able to set a wide vision with a clear direction, while remaining open to rapidly changing circumstances.
Currently, Naama is IsraAID’s senior director of programs, spending her time between emergency missions, IsraAID country offices and the head-quarters in Tel Aviv, managing a department of 25 staff who are directly overseeing 250 IsraAID staff. Naama is taking active leadership in the development of the organization, its mission and its humanitarian mandate, develops strategic collaborations with international organizations, academia, private sector and governments, with a main focus of bettering the well-being of individuals around the globe.