Our Team

samSAM POTOLICCHIO – President, Preparing Global Leaders Foundation (PGLF)

Dr. Sam Potolicchio is the President of Preparing Global Leaders Foundation, Director of Global and Custom Education at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and Department Chairman and Distinguished Professor in Political and Social Communications at the School of Public Policy at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). Potolicchio was named as one of “America’s Best Professors” by the Princeton Review, the only one in his field, and the Future Leader of American Higher Education by the Association of Colleges and Universities. Potolicchio has delivered lectures in over 70 countries including Oxford, Yale, Cambridge, Sorbonne, Brown, Dartmouth, and Warwick. Potolicchio is a senior adviser to high ranking officials around the globe and is currently the Academic Dean of a dual degree program on Global Governance and Leadership between the oldest university in Europe (Bologna) and the largest (RANEPA). He is a visiting professor at New York University and an official lecturer at the Library of Congress for OWLC, an international leadership program of the United States Congress. View Dr. Potolicchio's full bio on his PGLA faculty profile.

sanadSANAD ABU ASSAF– Program Director, Preparing Global Leaders Academy (PGLA)

Sanad Abu Assaf is a Logistics Officer at LG Electronics, but his true passion lies in community work and overturning stereotypes and cultural misconceptions. For four years, he majored in Electrical Engineering at the Jordan University of Science and Technology before moving to Jordan University where he graduated from the faculty of Industrial Engineering. This experience changing disciplines led Abu Assaf to dedicate his professional life to understanding the perspective of others and foster environments of dialogue. Abu Assaf has launched an initiative, "Spirit of Jordan," which cradles the pillars of his vision for cultural, educational, environmental, and voluntary enterprise. Under the umbrella of "Spirit of Jordan", a number of campaigns bloomed: Ahfad wa Ajdad (grandsons and grandparents), which focuses on re-instilling the heritage and traditions of the older generations in younger ones; Cumestair, which advocates and facilitates the volunteering of people with disabilities; and Seen Sad Ein, which gives to under-privileged children with the talent of making toys a leg up and the chance to become frontrunners in innovation. Abu Assaf believes volunteers gain as much as they provide others through volunteer work, and he is committed to fostering collaborative, productive, and open-minded dialogue. It is in this sprit that he joined the Preparing Global Leaders Foundation (PGLF) where he currently serves as the Program Director for PGLA. Abu Assaf he is active in his own society but committed to multi-cultural collaboration. He believes that these combined efforts, along with programs like PGLA, will lead to a better future for the world in which leaders better appreciate humanity, respect cultural differences, and build upon the wisdom gained from cross-cultural understanding.

sabrinaSABRINA SA'ADEH – Director of Admissions, Preparing Global Leaders Academy (PGLA)

Sabrina Sa'adeh recently graduated from the American University of Madaba with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. Sabrina is Jordanian-Canadian and is proud to have acquired two different cultures to learn from. She was involved in many different organizations concerning youth empowerment, women issues and issues regard­­ing the underprivileged sector in Jordan. Sabrina has been with PGLA since the beginning. Being part of the PGLA team has taught her the language of communication between multi-national cultures and has given her a better understanding of the world from different perspectives. Sabrina believes that every single person is unique with the ability to change and create a better world. That’s why she considers PGLA a life-changing experience for her and every PGLA participant.

dareenDAREEN ISA – Program Manager, Preparing Global Leaders Academy (PGLA)

Dareen Issa was born and raised in Amman, Jordan. She always tries to keep busy whether by searching for new opportunities, trying new things, or spending time with her family and friends. She graduated from Lady of Nazareth College in 2011, and started her studies at The American University of Madaba. She participated in as many activities as possible. She participated in the international event “Genfest” placed at Budapest with more than 12,000 youth from all around the world. She also participated in a youth exchange program in Alexandria-Cairo about culture and art for youth rights, unity and solidarity. She was also lucky to be a Coca-Cola Scholar in joining the Global Business Institute Middle East and North Africa Program in 2014 at Kelley School of Business. She loves volunteering and have participated in many voluntary work activities with the handicaps, and with the local community; such as painting pavements and cleaning streets. She was a participant in PGLA 2014, and for her it was one of the greatest experiences she has had. She loved the diversity of participants and enjoyed the debates and simulations with different people with multiple thoughts and beliefs. She has joined the PGLA team in 2015 as Program Manager.

ilyesILYES AMARA – Director of Recruitment, Preparing Global Leaders Academy (PGLA)

llyes Amara will shortly conclude his graduate studies of International Affairs at Sciences Po Aix. He has worked and interned in numerous companies and international organizations in countries such as France, India, Jordan, Russia and Tunisia. During his time in Sciences Po, he held several important positions for numerous organizations and associations, representing his school's Model United Nations society at the Harvard World Model United Nations 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. He participated in the Preparing Global Leaders Academy in Jordan, which he considers as a unique and life changing experience. Ilyes has a keen interest in youth leadership and international affairs. He believes youth empowerment and interconnectedness are critical to establish sustainable peace for a better future.

Matt EllisonMATT ELLISON – Director of Communications, Preparing Global Leaders Foundation (PGLF)

Matt Ellison studies International Politics with a concentration in International Security at Georgetown's Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), where he also works part-time, assisting the SFS communications team with multimedia and web projects. At PGLF, Ellison serves as Director of Communications and assists the President with strategic initiatives. He has experience working in government, media, and public policy research—most recently, Ellison contributed to nuclear security policy research at the Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank. He also serves on the board of the Georgetown International Relations Club as Director of Academic Programming. To email Matt Ellison, click here.