Mola Michael Gosha
Chairman of the Board
Mola has long been a leader of the asylum-seeker community and Originally from Ethiopia, he has lived in Israel for over 25 years. Mola served as chairperson for the Ethiopian Community in Israel organisation for eight years, advocating for the Ethiopian community and promoting relationships between Ethiopians and social and religious groups in Israel. He was also a leader in the opposition of the Ethiopian political regime for over 20 years.
Mola is also a motivated student and he has studied many subjects such as business administration and environmental studies. He worked for our organization between the years 2014-2015 as a paid translator, volunteered with us and joined the board in 2016. He has always been our valuable member. Mola wanted to join the ARDC to continue contributing as much as he can to the organisation and the African asylum-seeker community.
Gebreyohans is an asylum seeker from Eritrea. In addition to being our board member, he serves as the community mediator and as an interpreter at Assaf aid organization. Gebreyohans worked as a photographer and video editor within the asylum seeker community in Israel. He is currently studying for his GED diploma, looking forward to studying communication.
Sumia is an asylum-seeker from Darfur, Sudan. Since arriving in Israel in 2011, she has become a leader of the leaders of the Sudanese asylum-seeker community. She holds a degree in microbiology and worked with Doctors Without Borders in Darfur. Sumia has led many demonstrations in collaboration with NGOs and was a spokesperson in the Women’s March against the deportation which was organized in March 2018 in Southern Tel Aviv. She wanted to join the ARDC continue helping her community
and started working with the ARDC in 2012 as a translator from Arabic to English. She began her community outreach position in 2018- traveling to different cities to help inform and educate community members. Sumia also works in the reception and is involved in a women’s and children program within the Sudanese community.
Shana Krakowski is originally from Chicago and has lived in Israel for 19 years. Currently on relocation in California, she most recently was the director of the Platform, a municipal innovation center run by the Tel Aviv Municipality. The Platform aims to develop local entrepreneurship as well as urban social solutions to municipal challenges. Previous to this position, Shana directed Microfy, a microfinance NGO that works to develop small businesses among marginalized populations, particularly refugees and women. Shana has also worked as the director of recruitment for the Israel Brain Gain program in the Innovation Authority of Israel. She holds an M.A. in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University as well as a B.A. in Social Work from Bar Ilan University. Shana joins the ARDC from being the director of the board of the Schoolhouse as part of a merger of the two organisations.
Audit Committee Member
Ian Jaffe was born (1964) in South Africa and then lived for a decade in the UK before immigrating to Israel (1986) where he has spent all his adult life.
Married with 4 children, Ian lives and works as a lawyer in Raanana. Specializing in Employment Law, Ian was a senior lawyer for nine years in The Democratic Workers’ Trade Union - Koach La'Ovdim. Whilst working in Employment Law he has generally represented foreign workers since 2000 as an external lawyer to the Workers Hotline Organization, Kav Le Oved. Ian has a private law office in Raanana.
He holds a BA in History and Political Science, and LLB and an MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. He is now studying for his PHD in Holocaust and Genocide studies. Ian joined the ARDC as a board member In 2015. Amongst other things Ian is a keen sportsman, politically active and an avid reader.
Ori grew up in The Ivory Coast, moving to Israel when he was 9 years old. He lived in Herzliya, and attended Tel Aviv University, receiving his Masters degree in Business Administration. Before working at the ARDC, he worked in the private sector running his own start up. In 2014, he became finance manager at the ARDC––a part time gig. Eventually, he took on a greater role and became Deputy CEO in 2015. He has served as CEO since 2016. Ori’s mission is to keep the ARDC directly involved within the asylum-seeker community. The ARDC’s role has always been to respond to the needs of the community whether it be assisting with shelter, childcare, or helping with RSD’s. This has been a challenge since previous CEO’s have been sent to Holot amid other political and financial challenges. He is passionate about community empowerment and creating an atmosphere in which asylum-seekers can move up the ladder and support themselves without relying on welfare.
Audit Committee Member
Kayla is a human rights practitioner, working for the past ten years on gender related human rights abuses in both the US and Israel-Palestine within the context of human trafficking and migration. She has worked with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic on gender-based asylum claims; worked with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies in San Francisco, where she contributed legal briefs on asylum seeker domestic violence cases at the border; In Israel, while working for HIAS-Israel she worked to start the first Pro-Bono Legal Aid Program in Israel for refugees; wrote the national manual on how to represent asylum seekers in Israeli detention proceedings and wrote Amicus Curiae briefs for the Supreme Court in Israel on access to rights for women refugees. Kayla co-founded the Coalition for Refugee Women & Children in Israel, and volunteered at the ARDC sporadically since 2010 on different projects. She is currently finishing her LL.M in International Comparative Law at Ohio State University.