CEPAL is run by an Executive Board of Directors whose objectives are to lead and manage the activities of the organization.  Directors are voted in by CEPAL’s members every year at the Annual General Meeting.  They typically come from a variety of backgrounds, either as past overseas teachers, volunteers, or supporters of CEPAL.




Henry Zaccak, President

A CEPAL volunteer in 2011, he joined the board soon after returning from Lebanon. He helps a variety of charity and NGO’s in the Toronto region and has a passion for building software products and services that improve the wellness of others. He has a Masters in Health Informatics from the University of Waterloo. He also has an Hon. B.Sc. in Computer Science: Software Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a PMP Certified Project Manager.


Robert Assaly, Treasurer

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Rami Darwich, Communications Director

Rami is a Palestinian refugee that is currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry on the subject of elucidating the genetic circuits that pattern the embryonic heart.  He strongly believes that the key to improving the quality of life for people in the less fortunate areas of the world and in particular, for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, is education.  Thus, he joined CEPAL’s board in 2010 hoping that it will be the proverbial acorn in: “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”  Rami was awarded the prestigious Vanier Canada Scholarship for his scholarly and leadership achievements.   He believes that the award is proof of the human potential residing in the alleys of the refugee camps in Lebanon.


Hammam Farah

Hammam is a Palestinian Canadian resettlement worker for Syrian refugees and a therapist in training at Toronto’s Centre for Training in Psychotherapy. He received his BA in Political Science and Psychology from York University, and he has been a leading activist with the Palestine solidarity movement since the 2003 Iraq war and the second Palestinian Intifada. Hammam frequently lectures on Palestinian rights and the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe), and has appeared to comment on various media outlets, including CP24, CityNews, The Toronto Star, and Al Quds TV in Palestine.


Sarah Halabi

Sarah, a Canadian of Palestinian origin, has a B.A. in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Teaching Learning and Development. She is currently a PhD Candidate studying CPELS in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. Her research explores how Muslim girls attending Ontario high schools experience Islamophobia. She draws on postcolonial theory and third-wave feminism for her research. Israeli colonization of Palestinian land significantly informs her conceptualization of Islamophobia, marking that Islamophobia not only negatively impacts Muslims, but Arabs as a whole and that Islamophobia stems from fabricated narratives aimed to colonize particular lands. She believes that environments systemically arranged to reduce educational access result in generational cycles of oppression and that increasing access to quality education will help disrupt such cycles which is why she decided to be a part of CEPAL.


Ruba Mabad

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Heba Ragheb

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