Ola Al Haj Hussin is responsible for developing and managing Crescent Enterprises’ corporate citizenship portfolio and its strategy. She also oversees the development of the company’s philanthropic partnerships with regional and global organisations.
Ola has more than 19 years of expertise in humanitarian programme development, monitoring, and management with corporations and non-profit foundations in the Middle East. She has spearheaded manifold initiatives in the culture, education, and social enterprise sectors.
Ola began her career at the grassroots level, where she gained extensive, on-ground experience through her involvement in participatory, bottom-up socioeconomic projects across various demographic communities in Syria. She then worked on enhancing social entrepreneurship practices through microfinance with the Arab Gulf Programme for Development as Project Manager for Ibdaa Bank, a bank for the underprivileged in the Middle East, before joining the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in humanitarian contexts under fundraising and monitoring capacities.
Ola is pursuing a postgraduate diploma in sustainable business with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Business, University of Cambridge. Ola holds an Executive Leadership and Management degree from Saïd Business School, Oxford University; a Master of Science degree in Applied Development Studies from the University of Reading, in the UK; a diploma in French–Arabic Translation from Université de Lyon 2, in France; and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Sciences from the University of Damascus, in Syria.
Ola was also a social business mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for three consecutive years. Previously, she served as a steering committee member for the United Nation’s Small Grants Programme (SGP) for five consecutive years from 2007 on and as a United Nations volunteer providing psychosocial support for disadvantaged children.