Abood Hamad

First aid and disaster management instructor


I have a Master’s degree in international humanitarian law and I am a certified instructor in disaster management. I have a passion for humanitarian work and for raising awareness about disaster response gained from my experience working during six years of the armed conflict in Syria.

4410 Av. Bannantyne, Apt. #11 .Verdun, QC, H4G 1E         +1 (514) 797-1986          aboodhamad@ymail.com                                                                             

Profile :

Computer Skills : Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe, Databases, Internet navigation

Languages : Arabic (native speaker) . English (oral fluency, basic reading, elementary writing) . French (beginner)

Pedagogical : Five years’ experience working as first aid and humanitarian aid instructor for adults .Three years’ experience working as children’s recreational counselor

Aptitudes : Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and management skills  .  Excellent time management and budget management practices  .  Excellent survival skills in emergency zone situations .  Highly adaptable .  Detail-oriented

Education­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ and Credentials :

2014 :    Masters of Law, Damascus University. Thesis title: “The International Red Cross and Crescent and The Principles of International Humanitarian Law.”

2011 :     Bachelor of Law, Damascus University

2014 :     Certification in “Basics of Risk Management in Relief Work,” Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development (DERD), Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East in Cooperation with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)  https://gopaderd.org/

2016 :    Certificate in “Training of Trainers,” The International Professional Managers Association (Kent, England):   http://ipma.co.uk/about.php

2014  :    Certificate: Trainer of Trainers (TOT), Humanitarian Intervention Capacity Building, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)

2016-2018:    Nine months of course training “Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers” RWAQ (  http://www.rwaq.org; an interactive online educational platform that offers high quality academic courses in Arabic for the Arab world)

2016-2017:     Fourth-month course “Educational Strategies,” RWAQ

2017:   Certificates in such areas as leadership training, conflict resolution, and presentation success in on-line education programs from HEC Paris, University of California-Irvine Continuing Education, and the University of Colorado

2016:   Certificate in “Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector, Nonprofit Organizations, Nonprofit Leadership and Governance,” State University of New York.   https://www.coursera.org/learn/nonprofit-organizations#      

Certificate in “Training of Trainers,” The InternationalProfessional Managers Association (Kent, England):  http://ipma.co.uk/about.php

Professional Experience :

2021: Canadian red cross, Emergency Response Team

2019:   Research Assistant, Dr. Sarah Ghabrial, History Department, Concordia University .. Tasks: Translating complex classical Arabic legal texts into English and/or Modern Standard Arabic

 2018-2019:   Researcher and Project Developer, UNESCO “Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism” project, Concordia University   http://projectsomeone.ca/ …Tasks: Preparation of educational workshop materials and online resources to teach members of refugee and host communities in Lebanon productive social media practices aimed at peacebuilding and community development.

2017:   Research Participant, Norwegian Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Helped develop and peer review a course project analyzing a situation of risk faced by ambulance and emergency pre-hospital care providers. Course project will be adapted by the Norwegian Red Cross for application in various geographical contexts and courses.

2016:   Trainer, “First Aid Principles and Secure Access and Trainer of Trainers (TOT),” United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) regional training program… Tasks: Led week-long training workshops in emergency first aid and disaster management to the general public in different locations throughout Syria.

2015-2016:   Trainer: First Aid and War Relief, Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development (DERD), Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East (GOPA)… Tasks: Led training workshops for 400 first aid professionals in emergency first aid and war relief; provided periodic tracking of organizations’ implementation of safety and security recommendations in post-training period.

2013-2015   Supervisor of Logistical Office, Syrian Arab Red Crescent   http://sarc.sy/ .. Tasks: Coordinated and supplied psychosocial support materials with a monthly budget of $600 000 USD for rural communities surrounding Damascus. Liquid assets available for distribution at the start of my tenure were worth $3 000 USD; liquid assets available for distribution when I finished my tenure were $375 000 USD.

Personal Status :

Birthplace:  Latakia, Syria

Citizenship status: Landed refugee and permanent resident of Canada 

References :

Jihan Rabah

Director, Research & Analysis at eConcordia .. Jihan.Rabah@econcordia.com .. w: (514) 989-1616 ext 106

Willem Steijlen

Director, Security and Safety, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East, Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development.(GOPADERD)  ..  willemsteijlen@gmail.com .. 00369 933 121 460                                                                                                                         

Michael Keeling

Scientific Adviser, National Collaborating Center for Healthy Public Policy .. michael.keeling@inspq.qc.ca .. c: (438) 995-8934

Nora Jaffary

Professor of History, Concordia University  .. nora.jaffary@concordia.ca  ..  h: (514) 271-6794

Dr. Sarah Ghabrial

Assistant Professor of History Concordia University .. sarah.ghabrial@concordia.ca  .. (514) 848-2424 ext. 2402

Monika Napier

Co-chair, Department of Visual Arts John AbbottCollege .. monika_napier@sympatico.ca .. h: (514) 279-6235

Hobbies :

Doing Research – Watching all types of Documentaries specifically ones related to wild life and History – Playing Chess – Reading – Walking – Voluntary Work                                                                                                           


My most important business in 2016 :                          

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