Meet the Turath Executive Board.


Omaymah Harahsheh, President

Omaymah is a junior at Barnard College, "born, bred, and buttered in Jordan". She is majoring in Economics and Human Rights. In her spare time, she interns at the Permanent Mission of Jordan to the UN, is an Arabic tutor at the Columbia Language Resource Center, and is a radio host of 'bil 3araby': an Arabic music and talk show on WBAR. Moreover, (and perhaps more importantly) Omaymah is renowned for being especially talented at getting her friends to listen and dance to Nancy Ajram and Amr Diab (even if they don't understand a word). She is looking forward to helping make Turath a safe, fun space for Arab students and their allies at Columbia and to planning some really cool Turath events this year, so if you have any ideas or questions, please email and she'll get back to you. And feel free to say hi if you see her around campus!



Lana Khamash, Vice President

Lana is a junior at Columbia College majoring in Psychology with a Business Management concentration. Lana is Jordanian-Palestinian. Lana is a mentor with the Columbia Mentoring Initiative, an intern at the Columbia Business school, and a researcher at a psychology laboratory. She enjoys eating (and rolling) waraq enab, attempting Arabic calligraphy, and listening to Fairouz. 


Maria Awwa, Senior Advisor

Maria Awwa, this year’s Senior Advisor, is a psychology major and economics minor at Barnard College. She is involved on campus in Students Organize for Syria, Columbia Mentoring Initiative, and the Barnard Psychological Society. Her family is originally from Damascus, Syria, but they now live in Old Lyme, Connecticut where there are more cows than people. She loves being a part of the Turath team and is looking forward to this year’s events. 


Karim Yacoub, Treasurer

Karim is a sophomore at SEAS. Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, Karim came to Columbia to pursue his love of Operations Research, his current major. Other than Turath, he is involved in Columbia Financial Investment Group, Columbia Mentoring Initiative, and CORE Focus. You can find him at NOCO library, essentially any and all the time #SEASlife. 


Mennaallah Elsayed, Senior Advisor

Menna is one of two senior advisors on this year's board. She is a Sociology major, and is concentrating in French and Francophone studies. She grew up in Cairo, Egypt and the Bronx, NY—but home is Brooklyn now. When she is not at Turath meetings, she is involved in Questbridge, the Columbia Mentoring Initiative, and the First-Generation Advisory Board. She strongly identifies with the Lerner building on campus, for capturing her new kid who doesn't fit in/stands out feels.

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Mallak Husban, Events Coordinator

Mallak Husban is a sophomore majoring in Economics and Human Rights. She was born and raised in Jordan. When she is not running around Lerner trying to fix a space booking, you can find her tutoring all levels of Arabic to non-Arabic speakers, or interning at the Permanent Mission of Jordan to the UN. Mallak's fictional TV icon was Buttercup from the Powerpuff girls, because she was a tough and true feminist. 



Toqa Badran, Secretary

Toqa is a sophomore at Columbia College, whose only definite decision in life is that she will NOT be a pre-med major. She is a proud New Yorker with (even more proud) Egyptian heritage. She is involved in a variety of activities on campus, such as the Columbia Daily Spectator, MSA, and, as she so eloquently put it, "drowning in work". You can find her taking detailed minutes at our weekly meetings, and then silently judging us when we don't complete the tasks assigned to us. 



Maryam Badran, Social Media Chair

Maryam is a sophomore at Barnard College who is obnoxiously proud of the fact she was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. She is a Sociology major. As Turath's social media chair, her job entails harassing people to attend Turath events through memes and incessant Facebook notifications. When she is not doing that, she is a mentor of the Arab/Middle Eastern Family Tree with CMI.