Our Team

 
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Naba Masad Alfayadh

CEO, founder and tutor

Naba grew up in Iraq and survived a war and a crazy journey to Australia, and so she feels a drive to use her second chance at life for something worthwhile. That means anything other than acquiring things or watching lame TV shows. She loves deep conversations and can be frequently caught starting conversations with 'Nice to meet you. So, what's the purpose of life, in your opinion?' Naba also works as a doctor at Eastern Health.

ATAR: 99.80 / English: 50 / Literature: 49.2 (scaled) / UMAT: 94. 

Email: masad@happybrain.org.au

 
 
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Amani Zayegh

Co-founder and tutor

Amani majored in History & Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. She is the co-founder of HBE and is passionate about educational reform, psychological wellbeing and community projects.

ATAR: 95 / English: 47 / History: 45

Email: amani@happybrain.org.au

 
 

The Empower Program Team

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Yusuf Hassan

Director of Empower Program SouthEast/Tutor  |  yusuf@happybrain.org.au

Yusuf is a Bachelor of Science student at the University of Melbourne. He’s so accomplished, yet so humble, and can make anyone feel like his best-friend in 2 minutes.. He is widely acknowledged by everyone to be the walking, breathing manifestation of the HBE culture: always enthusiastic, supportive, kind, energetic and happy to give everything a go!   

ATAR: 99.75 / Biology: 50 / Further: 50 / English: 47   Email: 

 
 
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Jaafar Alzaidy

Director of Empower Program Broadmeadows |   jaafar@happybrain.org.au

Jaafar is currently studying Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. He is a HBE alumus, and is very passionate about using his life to make an impact & to contribute to his community. He deeply cares about youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, and wants to use HBE as a platform to ensure that they have the same access to opportunity as other Australians.

 
 

The Access Program Team

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Emre Alpay

Director of the Access Program | emre@happybrain.org.au

Emre is a medical student at Monash University. He is very passionate about refugee rights and empowering young people. He has always dreamed of studying medicine to be a support for people at the most vulnerable times of their lives

ATAR: 99.35 / Specialist Mathematics: 52 (scaled) / Further Mathematics: 50 / Chemistry: 48. 

 
 
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Mariam Hassan

Director of the Access Program | mariam@happybrain.org.au

Mariam is a junior doctor at Monash Health. Passionate about education, if she didn't study medicine her alternative career path would have been teaching! After spending a year in East Gippsland, Mariam loves the beach and the bush.

ATAR 99.80. English 50, Biology 50, Further Mathematics 49

 
 
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Anneke Pol

NSW Coordinator of the Access Program | anneke@happybrain.org.au

Anneke is a lawyer in Sydney. She has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Art Theory from the University of New South Wales. She was raised in Australia to a Dutch immigrant father and Australian mother. She is passionate about empowering young people, particularly women, to achieve their dreams. Over the last few years she has worked, both at university and with different not-for-profit organisations, to enthuse, engage and support young people and provide them with the skills and resources to reach their potential.

 
 

Tutors

 Shadman Iqbal (Maths and Physics tutor) is a Physics and Mathematics student at the University of Melbourne. He had an ulterior motive when he joined HBE, which was to make all the students want to become physicists. He believes that there are way too many health science students in the world, and too little physicists. Shadman has created and nurtured a very strong physics culture at HBE. If you’ve ever had a teacher who radiates passion and energy and enthusiasm for their subject, then you can probably imagine what Shadman is like. A2 Results: (Year 12 eqv) Maths: 95 / Physics: 87

Shadman Iqbal (Maths and Physics tutor) is a Physics and Mathematics student at the University of Melbourne. He had an ulterior motive when he joined HBE, which was to make all the students want to become physicists.
He believes that there are way too many health science students in the world, and too little physicists. Shadman has created and nurtured a very strong physics culture at HBE. If you’ve ever had a teacher who radiates passion and energy and enthusiasm for their subject, then you can probably imagine what Shadman is like. A2 Results: (Year 12 eqv) Maths: 95 / Physics: 87

 Alisha Rawal (Sciences tutor) is a medical student at Monash University. She is loved by all HBE students for how invested she is in their success, how much effort she puts into every session and how knowledgeable she is about the subjects she teaches. She was one of HBE's first volunteers, when HBE was still a fundraising project to support Hussein's heart surgery.  ATAR: 99.80 / Psychology: 50 / Biology: 48 / English: 49 / UMAT: 93

Alisha Rawal (Sciences tutor) is a medical student at Monash University. She is loved by all HBE students for how invested she is in their success, how much effort she puts into every session and how knowledgeable she is about the subjects she teaches. She was one of HBE's first volunteers, when HBE was still a fundraising project to support Hussein's heart surgery.  ATAR: 99.80 / Psychology: 50 / Biology: 48 / English: 49 / UMAT: 93

 Gizem Hasimoglu studies Medicine at Monash University, and is one of the most meticulous and hard working people we know. In her spare time she organises university events, volunteers for refugee organisations and undertakes medical research. She is also one of the most energetic and brilliant teachers you'll ever meet, whose wisdom transcends the classroom. ATAR: 97.80

Gizem Hasimoglu studies Medicine at Monash University, and is one of the most meticulous and hard working people we know. In her spare time she organises university events, volunteers for refugee organisations and undertakes medical research. She is also one of the most energetic and brilliant teachers you'll ever meet, whose wisdom transcends the classroom. ATAR: 97.80

 Ammin (English tutor) is a Law student at Monash University. He is very passionate about using his time to contribute meaningfully to his community and has been involved in numerous organisations, both on a grass-roots and systemic level. ATAR: 91.6 / English: 44

Ammin (English tutor) is a Law student at Monash University. He is very passionate about using his time to contribute meaningfully to his community and has been involved in numerous organisations, both on a grass-roots and systemic level. ATAR: 91.6 / English: 44

 
 Serra Mohammed (English tutor) is a medical student at Monash University. She is extremely creative and full of life. Serra can always be counted on to have flowers somewhere on her outfit, and to be full of love, kindness and happiness. She brings joy to HBE, as well as superhuman English & Literature skills. ATAR: 99.65 / English: 50 / Literature: 47 / Further Maths: 47

Serra Mohammed (English tutor) is a medical student at Monash University. She is extremely creative and full of life. Serra can always be counted on to have flowers somewhere on her outfit, and to be full of love, kindness and happiness. She brings joy to HBE, as well as superhuman English & Literature skills. ATAR: 99.65 / English: 50 / Literature: 47 / Further Maths: 47

 Taha Mollah (UMAT tutor) is a medical student at Monash University. He loves medicine, and, after experiencing an incredible neurosurgical rotation at the Alfred Hospital, might end up dedicating his life to helping people through neurosurgery. He is very passionate about supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and has been extensively involved with running the UMAT tutoring at Happy Brain Education ATAR: 98.1 / Mathematical Methods: 46 / Specialist Mathematics: 47

Taha Mollah (UMAT tutor) is a medical student at Monash University. He loves medicine, and, after experiencing an incredible neurosurgical rotation at the Alfred Hospital, might end up dedicating his life to helping people through neurosurgery. He is very passionate about supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and has been extensively involved with running the UMAT tutoring at Happy Brain Education ATAR: 98.1 / Mathematical Methods: 46 / Specialist Mathematics: 47

 Louay Elmustapha (UMAT tutor) is one of the funniest, most energising, most genuinely caring members of the team. He can always be seen mentoring the students through career decisions and study habits. He is always very generous with his time, and would not hesitate to invest days to support anyone who really needs it. UMAT: 99

Louay Elmustapha (UMAT tutor) is one of the funniest, most energising, most genuinely caring members of the team. He can always be seen mentoring the students through career decisions and study habits. He is always very generous with his time, and would not hesitate to invest days to support anyone who really needs it. UMAT: 99

 Rafal Hassan is a passionate philosopher, a literature genuis and a super kind soul. She teaches English, Literature, History and Philosophy with a focus on academic discipline and rigour. In her spare time, Rafal loves to read books, graphic novels, and practice Taekwondo.

Rafal Hassan is a passionate philosopher, a literature genuis and a super kind soul. She teaches English, Literature, History and Philosophy with a focus on academic discipline and rigour. In her spare time, Rafal loves to read books, graphic novels, and practice Taekwondo.

 
 Sarah Elwazni (English tutor) is going to change the world profoundly one day! She is a very caring, kind young woman who sees the best in all those she encounters. She is keen to take part in any social change venture that helps others. ATAR: 98.65 / English: 48

Sarah Elwazni (English tutor) is going to change the world profoundly one day! She is a very caring, kind young woman who sees the best in all those she encounters. She is keen to take part in any social change venture that helps others. ATAR: 98.65 / English: 48

 Rami Dennaoui s studying Medicine at Monash University. Rami is passionate about equal access to healthcare, social equality and ensuring that everyone has equal access to opportunities. He is a very passionate young man who can achieve any goal he sets his eyes on! ATAR: 99.70 / Math Methods: 48 / Further Maths: 50

Rami Dennaoui s studying Medicine at Monash University. Rami is passionate about equal access to healthcare, social equality and ensuring that everyone has equal access to opportunities. He is a very passionate young man who can achieve any goal he sets his eyes on! ATAR: 99.70 / Math Methods: 48 / Further Maths: 50

 Harun Ergi is studying Engineering & Science at the Monash University. He is very enthusiastic about making young people healthier, and hopes to enable them to see how easy & great being healthy is through his regular blog 'Health with Harun'. ATAR: 99.65 / Math Methods: 45 / Specialist Math: 42 / Physics: 43 / Further Math: 46

Harun Ergi is studying Engineering & Science at the Monash University. He is very enthusiastic about making young people healthier, and hopes to enable them to see how easy & great being healthy is through his regular blog 'Health with Harun'. ATAR: 99.65 / Math Methods: 45 / Specialist Math: 42 / Physics: 43 / Further Math: 46

 Zahraa Albadri (Chemistry tutor) is currently studying Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. She is very pasionate about access to healthcare, feminism and eradicating poverty. She is an inspiration for all the young people at HBE! ATAR: 96.50

Zahraa Albadri (Chemistry tutor) is currently studying Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. She is very pasionate about access to healthcare, feminism and eradicating poverty. She is an inspiration for all the young people at HBE! ATAR: 96.50

 
 Teba Mazin (Math Methods tutor) is a passionate Engineering and Biomedical student at Monash University. She loves maths and currently teaches it at Happy Brain Empower- South East. She is a very resilient young woman, who experienced several wars in Iraq and endured an arduous refugee journey to Australia. She is determined to give back to others and help those who are vulnerable in our communities. ATAR: 97.20 / English: 46 / Arabic: 44 / Methods: 42 / Specialist: 42

Teba Mazin (Math Methods tutor) is a passionate Engineering and Biomedical student at Monash University. She loves maths and currently teaches it at Happy Brain Empower- South East. She is a very resilient young woman, who experienced several wars in Iraq and endured an arduous refugee journey to Australia. She is determined to give back to others and help those who are vulnerable in our communities. ATAR: 97.20 / English: 46 / Arabic: 44 / Methods: 42 / Specialist: 42

 Ali Koraishi (Methods and Further tutor) Is completing his Engineering Masters Accelerated Pathway at Monash University. He loves soccer, and is a passionate Liverpool supporter. He is currently teaching mathematics at the Broadmeadows branch. ATAR: / Further Maths: 42 / Math Methods: 43

Ali Koraishi (Methods and Further tutor) Is completing his Engineering Masters Accelerated Pathway at Monash University. He loves soccer, and is a passionate Liverpool supporter. He is currently teaching mathematics at the Broadmeadows branch. ATAR: / Further Maths: 42 / Math Methods: 43

 
 
 

Study Guides Portfolio Team

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Anisah Ameer

Director of Study Guides Portfolio | anisah@happybrain.org.au

Anisah is currently studying Biomedical Science at Monash University.  She is passionate about ensuring that everyone has access to high quality educational resources, no matter what their socio-economic background is. This is the core idea behind the creation of the study guides Portfolio- the importance of ensuring equal access across different opportunity levels.

 
 
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Jamil Mahmud

Study Guides Formatting Editor | jamil@happybrain.org.au

Jamil is our ‘formatting extraordinaire' who is the artist behind making the HBE study guides so beautiful, organised and user-friendly. He is from Perth and an Engineer by profession. He is very passionate about education and about helping people who are experiencing social disadvantage.