Board Members

Meet the Board

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Mokhtar Alkhanshali

Mokhtar Alkhanshali, our Founder and President, historian, community organizer, and coffee innovator. He is the protagonist of the New York Times bestseller “The Monk of Mokha” by Dave Eggers. He’s also the CEO of Port of Mokha coffee. His work with Yemeni coffee has been described as the spark that has ignited the Yemeni coffee revolution.

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Willem Boot

is an internationally renowned coffee expert with more than 25 years of professional coffee experience. He is the founder and trainer at Boot Coffee, one of the world's premier coffee educational centers. He is also well known for his coffee development work, often in some of the most remote and difficult places where coffee producers need the most support.

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Ahlam Said

is a talented designer and creative whose skills stretch through film production, digital marketing campaigns, social media advocacy, grassroots community organizing and social entrepreneurship. She brings her expertise to serve communities in Yemen and throughout the United States.

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Eman Tai Ahmad

is an experience Nonprofit attorney. She has helped NGOs and community based organizations to amplify their visions for a better future and bring efficacy to their efforts to attain their vision. The values of service, compassion and inclusion are essential to her efforts with The Mokha Institute.

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Salah Houter

works tirelessly to support humanitarian causes whether it’s building wells, schools or hospitals in the U.S. or abroad. As an entrepreneur he has invested in businesses that bring economic growth and opportunity to people in every community he touches.

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Abbas Barzegar

serves as the Director of the Horizon Forum, a fiscally sponsored project of the Proteus Fund, where he stewards its collaborative and stakeholder-centered research programming. He is a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations and maintains research and teaching affiliations with Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Emory University’s Masters in Development Program, and George Mason’s Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies. He has years of applied research experience covering transnational Muslim civil society at the intersection of global Islamic revival and geopolitical conflict. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, he is the co-author of Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam (Stanford). His work has been supported by The European Union, The British Council, The US Institute of Peace (USIP), the Mellon Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

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