Members and Advisors
Nadia Assad, Executive Director
Nadia is a Palestinian-American born and raised in San Francisco, California. She has a B.A in Dance from San Francisco State University and studied Nutrition & Wellness. While there, Nadia has trained in The Fletcher Pilates method. She is a dance fitness instructor at MaZi Dance Fitness Centre in Chicago. Nadia’s passionate about the Palestinian cause and has worked with charity organizations such as PCRF; The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund SF Bay Area chapter as well as the Chicago chapter. She is currently a member of the running group Team Palestine for PCRF in Chicago in which as a team who raises money solely for PCRF. One of the most valuable and memorable accomplishment she has is traveling to Palestine to participate in The Right to Movement Palestine Marathon in Bethlehem in 2016.
Rima Sweiss, Events, Community Outreach, Volunteer Coordinator
Rima Sweiss is a Palestinian and Jordanian American who has over 10 years experience in website and tech services. With her website company she has worked with clients in various professions from global entertainers, differing Festivals, to international non-profits.
Nader Abdelnour, Film Procurement Lead
Nader, born in Canada to Palestinian parents, had been attending the Toronto Palestine Film Fest since it launched in 2008. After moving to Chicago for a work opportunity in 2014, he reached out to the CPFF team to offer his time to volunteer and now he’s been in procurement for the third year running. Nader is a Marketing and Sales Professional in the healthcare industry and also recently completed a part time law degree.
Dana Al-Qadi, Film Procurement
Dana is a Palestinian-American born and raised in Virginia. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently working on smart city technologies, drinking water treatment and distribution for a global design firm; Dana also served as a USA delegate for the Al-Fakhoora campaign in Qatar to promote the Palestinian right to education.
Colette Ghunim, Film Procurement
Currently based in Chicago, Colette Ghunim’s purpose lies at the cross section of social impact and visual storytelling. Colette Ghunim co-directed The People’s Girls, an award-winning documentary investigating the issue of sexual harassment in Cairo, Egypt. Her film was selected in several festivals, and it won Best Short Documentary at the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, as well as the Humanitarian Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifier. She is currently Assistant Editor/Camera at Scrappers Film Group, while working on her newest documentary, Traces of Home.
Amy Ellingson, Film Procurement
Amy is an economic development and policy professional who holds a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.S. in Economics from Clemson University in her home state of South Carolina. During her graduate studies, Amy worked with the Riwaq Center for Architectural Conservation in Ramallah and fell in love with Palestine and its rich cultural heritage. Amy currently works for World Business Chicago, a public-private partnership that drives economic growth and job creation.
Nader Abusumayah, Finance
Nader Abusumayah is a Palestinian-American born and raised in the Chicago-land area with experience in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Nader’s passions are rooted in social justice, public service, and using art, music, and film to share the Palestinian narrative.
Ala’ Diab, Designer
Ala’ Diab is a Chicago-based designer of educational games and other interactive experiences. He has a varied background in community arts, youth organizing, music and exhibit design. Recently, he co-founded a hybrid design studio that develops educational products and services with community to bring about positive change in the world.
Annan Shehadi, Website Director
Annan is a Palestinian born and raised in the Chicago area. Her life, work, and interests are rooted in social justice, with an emphasis on the arts. She has a BFA in Graphic Design from UIC and an MA in Visual & Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a practicing graphic designer and artist.
Kimberly Campbell, Copy Editor
Kimberly, born and raised in Chicago, has a degree in Journalism and Marketing from Columbia College. With interests in “everything” communications, Kimberly enjoys volunteering her skills to help increase brand awareness for local events and organizations that give back to various communities and groups. Currently Kimberly is the Director of Planning and Marketing at a local college.
Peter Farah, Advisory Member
Peter is a Palestinian-American with a B.S. in Marketing from Boston College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. He currently lives in Cleveland and works as in-house counsel the J.M. Smucker Company.
Khaled Taha, Advisory Member
As one of the original co-founders of the Chicago Palestine Film Festival Khaled has been an active member of the committee or in an advisory capacity with the festival since it’s inception in 2001. He is a Palestinian-American with a B.S. in Business from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and is currently the Managing Partner & CEO of SAGE Private Wealth Group..