Amal El Sana

Amal El Sana

Executive Director of the International Community Action Network (ICAN) at McGill University
WAPPP Fellow
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Bio

Amal Elsana Alh'jooj is the Executive Director of the ICAN-McGill- The International Community Action network. Dr. Elsana has 29 years of experience working as an activist focusing on minority and women’s rights in Israel. She has worked to implement innovative methods of changing the stable but inherently unjust equilibrium characterizing the Palestinian national minority in Israel and the Bedouin of the Negev in particular. Today, Amal is one of the key shapers of public opinion regarding the status of the Palestinian minority and the status of women in Israel. She is an expert in the field of community development working with marginalized groups in the Middle East. She is a board member of NIF- The New Israel Fund; The founder of Arab-Jewish Centre for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation, MA’AN- A coalition of Women Organizations of the Negev, a leading founder of Hagar bilingual school in Beer Sheva and a member of the Steering Committee of various organizations. She is the recipient of many awards including the recipient of the Genius 100 Visionaries of the Future (2017), the New Israel Fund’s Human Rights Award (2013) and was previously nominated for the Nobel Peace prize (2006).

Amal earned her BA in social work at Ben Gurion University in Israel and her MA and Ph.D. in community organizing at McGill University in Canada, to which she received the Directors Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Research. Her Ph.D. explored the tensions, problems, limits, inherent in Social-change Service Organisations / Community organizations. She lives in Montreal with her husband and twin teenagers.