The Somali Women Foundation's mission is to develop equal opportunity and gender equality through the power of sport in order to improve health, education, community and peace for Somali women and girls.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Suad Mahamad Galow, President and Founder
Suad Galow is a Somali American, founder of the Somali Women Foundation (SWF), Chairwoman of the Somali Olympic Committee, Chairperson of the Somali Basketball Federation, graduate of University of District of Columbia, and a former Somali Women’s National Basketball Team. Her goal is to empower girls through sport, education, and peace.
Suad has over 15 years of experience in the banking industry and served as Chief Financial Officer for Phillips Aviation and Logistics Group, LLC, providing aviation logistics to the U.S. Government, U.S. companies and foreign governments.
A documentary film, named Rajada Dalka (Nation’s Hope) about Suad’s work is scheduled for completion in 2018.
Ahmed ali yusef, ph.d., vice president, consultant
Ahmed Yusuf is currently a Senior Reservoir Engineer at JGC Energy, Houston, Texas. He is responsible for conducting reservoir management, field evaluation, reservoir modeling & production forecast, preparing Mid-Year & Year End Reserve Report (SEC) and supporting operations and engineering review while acquiring oil and gas assets, and additionally providing investors reasonable assessment of current reserve and potential future plans.
Ahmed has combined more than 20 years of oil industry experience. His background includes major operators, oil fieldservice companies and in academia. He holds M.S. in Petro-chemical engineering from Alborg University, Denmark,M.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from West Virginia University, and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum andNatural Gas Engineering from West Virginia University. He is a Member of Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE)and Completed Norwegian offshore safety and survival training and HS2 Training. He is a former athlete, born in Somalia. He received scholarships in football (soccer) in Finland and the United States.
His personal goal is to find diverse ways to give back to the country of his birth.
Cynthia Kane, executive director, consultant
Documentary producer, feminist and activist, Cynthia Kane created DOCday on Sundance Channel, shepherded over 150 international and U.S. co-productions for public media at ITVS, and at Al Jazeera America oversaw Kartemquin’s series Hard Earned –(2016 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award), Albert Maysles’ final work, In Transit,Leon Gast’s Sporting Dreams, Barbara Kopple’s Shelter, Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s Daisy and Max, Michelle Shephard and Patrick Reed’s Guantanamo’s Child, Marc Levin’s Freeway: Crack in the System.
With gbgg productions and Les Film de l’Après Midi, Kane executive produced, New Eyes, director: Hiwot Admasu Getaneh, (Venice, TIFF, Rotterdam.)
In 2016, Kane joined forces with former NYC Film Commissioner Cynthia Lopez as creative consultants for Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl's Letters from Baghdad about the extraordinary life and times of Gertrude Bell.
Kane also currently works with East Village Entertainment and Women Make Movies.
She has recently joined forces with Suad Mahamad Galow in Soomal Women International Women and Sports Initiative, a foundation whose mission is to bring health, education, community and peace to women and girls in Somalia. She is currently on the producers of Rajada Dalka/Nation’s Hope, a documentary following the first National Women’s National Basketball Team in Somali since the civil war with Somali filmmaker Hana Mire.
Sarah Cahill is a highly regarded and experienced Sports Performance Coach with a wildly diverse background, having worked with clients ranging from Olympic, Collegiate and Professional athletes, to inner-city youth, to professionals within the corporate wellness sector. For the past 6 years, she has served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the US Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team, traveling to Sochi Russia where she helped the Olympic Team capture the silver medal. Alongside her Olympic experience, Sarah has also brought her skills and expertise into the community, working with Innercity Weightlifting since 2010, a Boston based non-profit that helps proven risk young people rebuild their lives through a career track in personal training. Cahill resides in the greater Boston area, where she previously joined the Performance Team at Northeastern University, receiving the “Educator of the Year Award” within the athletics department, where she was responsible for 8 sports teams. Prior to her stint at Northeastern, Cahill was the first female strength and conditioning coach hired to work at the University of Oklahoma, and was responsible for training 8 sports teams, helping the volleyball team have the biggest turn-around in Big 12 history turning their record from 3-18 to 18-3. Along with her collegiate and Professional Athlete experience, Cahill previously served as the Head Performance Specialist at Athletes Performance/Core Performance Center in Santa Monica, CA where she coordinated all training for NBA athletes and managed a group of 10 performance specialists who implemented performance coaching for individuals and within the corporate wellness sector.
Sarah fervently believes everyone – no matter their size, shape, income, or background – deserves the opportunity to live a healthy, active life. She’s committed to sharing her knowledge of physical movement in a way that impacts the world.
Carole Oglesby has been in the professoriate for more than forty years; 27 of them at Temple University. She earned a PhD in Kinesiology at Purdue University in 1969 and a PhD in Counseling at Temple University in 1999. She was a department chair at Temple from 1992-1995 and has served as Chairperson at California State University, Northridge 2003-2009.
Carole’s scholarly career has been devoted to growth and development in two areas; women’s/gender studies in sport and sport psychology. She has held major leadership positions in virtually all academic and advocacy organizations in these areas. She was the inaugural president of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, president National Association of Girls and Women’s Sport, Trustee of the Women’s Sport Foundation, President of Women Sport International, Senior International Advisor for International Working Group for Women in Sport, Executive Board of the U.S. Collegiate Sports Council, U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors, Association for Applied Sports Psychology Health Psychology Chair and Executive Board member.
She has received major awards and recognitions from all these organizations. She was awarded the AIAW Award of Merit, NAGWS Honor Fellow and Women’s Sports Foundation Billie Jean King Award; American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Honor Award, R. Tait McKenzie Award for service outside the profession, C.D. Henry Award for service to racial and ethnic minorities. She was the first woman nominated to give the Coleman Griffith Lecture at AAASP. She was the first recipient of the Boris Plan chard Medal for service to Girls and Women’s Sport in Latin America. She received the America Psychological Association Div. 47 Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Service and also the Phillip Noel Baker Research Award of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education. In 2016, she received the IOC Woman and Sport Award for the Pan American Region.
john f. phillips
John Phillips is a retired Major General USAF and the former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Logistics) in the Clinton Administration. He was Vice President of Honeywell International and Vice President of The Home Depot Government Solutions Group, which he formed. The organization propelled Home Depot into the federal business, growing to over $100M in the first 12 months of operations. He is now president of Phillips Aviation and Logistics Group. His activities have a global reach to include China, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya, Dubai and Somalia.
Active in civic and professional affairs, John is a member of the following boards: Army Science Board; International Society of Logistics Engineers ; Association for Enterprise Integration; US China Policy Foundation; Maintenance Repair & Overhaul Conference; Defense Acquisition University; Shades of Blue (Aviation Mentoring), Americorps National Civilian Community Corps, Board of the Air Force Association; and is a former chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Tuskegee Airman, Inc and formerly served on the Board of Boys and Girls Club of America. His other accomplishments include authoring the book, “Navigating the Pentagon” and co- authoring the book, “Military Project Management,” as well as numerous articles and lectures on leadership and management. John is a current member of the Navy League and the Association of U.S. Army. He was the 2010 recipient of the DOD Acker award. He is a 2012 recipient to the President’s Call To Service award. He and his wife Blanche have three daughters, one son and six grandchildren.