Rabbi Marc SchneierPresident of FFEU
Rabbi Marc Schneier is the founder and President of the FFEU. He is an international figure who is known for his innovative leadership in the promotion of dialogue and cooperation in intergroup and race relations. As a prominent leader of the Jewish community, Rabbi Schneier has emerged in the forefront of combating anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the Jewish and Muslim communities around the world.
Ali Naqvi is Founder & Chairman of MindShare Ventures Group based in New York City. He has studied at American, Georgetown and Oxford Universites, where he earned the prestigious Oxford University Academic Excellence Award in 1997. Ali was also given an Outstanding Leadership Award by Governor Christie Todd Whitman of New Jersey. The New York Times wrote a glowing profile on him, in an article entitled Chasing The Future. Ali's commitment to democratic ideals, public service and philanthropy developed at an early age, when he was 14 years old and was the youngest aide to Congressmen and Senators on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC.
David Renzer is a veteran music and entertainment executive whose career has included leadership positions with the world’s largest and most well-known music publishing companies. Renzer’s civic commitments have included sitting on the Boards of ASCAP, NMPA, the International Music Publishers Association, and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. He has also served as the Chairman of the Music and Entertainment Division of the City of Hope, and founded Songs of Hope, raising over $1,750,000 for the City of Hope Hospital.
Chris SacarabanyExecutive Director
As Executive Director, he is responsible for fundraising, administration, and branding of FFEU. Prior to FFEU, Chris worked for 4 years on Muslim-Jewish relations at the Hommes de Parole Foundation, based in Paris, as Interfaith program manager. He helped to organize the World Congresses of Imams and Rabbis for Peace (2005 in Brussels, 2006 in Seville and 2008 at UNESCO’s headquarters) as well as meetings between Israeli and Palestinian political and religious leaders in Jerusalem and Ramallah. Please contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsey DresbachCommunity Manager
Lindsey Dresbach is FFEU's Community Manager. A particular focus of Lindsey's work is to ensure that FFEU has a strong digital presence through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms. She wishes to keep the conversation going on international religious tolerance and inter-group relations. She studied Telecommunications at the University of Florida and is expected to graduate from California State University Northridge as a Communication Studies major in May 2016. Please contact Lindsey at email@example.com
Russell SimmonsChairman of FFEU
USA Today recently named Russell Simmons one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years,” calling him a “hip-hop pioneer” for his groundbreaking vision that has influenced music, fashion, finance, television and film, as well as the face of modern philanthropy. Simmons is a best selling author of three books with a newly released book, The Happy Vegan, in stores now. He is a native New Yorker who attended City College of New York.
Michael Heningburg Jr.Treasurer
Walter RubyMuslim-JewishPrograms Director
Walter Ruby has served as Muslim-Jewish Relations Program Director since March 2008. A strong advocate of Muslim-Jewish communication and reconciliation, he organized The Foundation-sponsored First National of Summit of Imams and Rabbis in November, 2007 in New York and coordinates global participation for the annual Weekend of Twinning which has grown in size and stature each November since 2008 as well as the first and second gatherings of European Muslim and Jewish Leaders and two previous missions to Washington D.C. from Europe and Latin America, respectively. As a career reporter, Ruby covered President Anwar Sadat’s historic trip to Jerusalem and the breakup of the Soviet Union. He has served as New York and United Nations correspondent for the Jerusalem Post and Moscow correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and The Forward and wrote for the New York Jewish Week, the New York Daily News. Please contact Walter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken SunshineSecretaryKen Sunshine founded Sunshine Sachs in 1992, and over the past three decades the firm has acquired clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations, labor unions, and political figures to some of the biggest household names in the entertainment, music, and sports industries. Before starting his own firm, Ken ran the public relations department of ASCAP, where he supervised events featuring internationally acclaimed music artists. Sunshine has been a longtime activist in the civil rights movement, and throughout his career in Democratic politics, he worked on many national and local campaigns, and served as Chief of Staff for the Mayor of New York.
Robert J. Cyruli, is founder and Principal of Cyruli Shanks Law Firm. For many years, Mr. Cyruli has been counsel on a pro bono basis to the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, a national not-for-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to fostering relations between the Jewish American, African American and, most recently, Muslim American communities. Mr. Cyruli is also an ardent supporter of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and is a member of its New York Committee
Samia HathroubiEuropean Director
Samia, a French-born Muslim with deep roots in Tunisia, has a strong interest and personal involvement in Muslim- Jewish relations. A 28-year-old award winning journalist and activist who is also working on a P.hd in Islamic studies, Samia spent the last year working in Israel, Palestine and elsewhere as project manager of the YaLa Youth Leaders program. In Paris, she has volunteered in NGO’s dedicated to promoting better understanding between Jews and Muslims as Parler en Paix, and herself founded a group of young leaders working together to struggle against Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism and trying to create bridges between the two communities. Samia will oversee all European initiatives and programs of the FFEU, out of our Paris office. Please contact Samia at email@example.com
As the Founder & President of OAK Digital, Mr. Khera leads the day to day operations of OAK. OAK Digital is a full service digital marketing agency headquartered in Soho, New York.
Prior to founding OAK Digital, Mr. Khera founded Fashionism.com, a shopping rewards platform which is now a part of NYLON Media group.
A specialist in customer acquisition, Mr. Khera has over 15 years experience leading digital strategy & marketing initiatives in NYC. At Aeropostale Mr. Khera launched the ecomm platform & launched and oversaw all digital marketing initiatives. Next, he was recruited to Ralph Lauren, to manage their affiliate & paid search globally. In his last corporate role, Mr. Khera was recruited to KGB Deals where he managed a global team of marketers in four countries, a 60MM+ acquisition budget & acquired over 4MM subscribers per year.
Mr. Khera is a fixture on the digital marketing scene. His work has been featured in Internet Retailer and Womens Wear Daily. Khera has spoken on customer acquisition strategies at Harvard to the HLEP program and is an advisor to FFEU.