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Sharon Booth
Executive Director & Founder

Sharon has an MA from Cambridge University in Theology and Religious Studies. Following her graduation, she taught English at Amideast in Tunisia and then went on to work in Amman, Jordan as a Productions Manager for a publishing company with programmes for young people aiming to promote reading in the Arab World. In Sharon's final year in Jordan, she was employed as PA to the Defence Attaché at the British Embassy, then returned to the UK and began work in Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution, founding the Solutions Not Sides Education Programme in 2010. Sharon speaks Arabic and French and has studied ancient Hebrew. In January 2016, she was awarded a master’s degree with distinction from King's College London, specialising in nationalism and religion.

Jess Brandler
Deputy Director

Jess Brandler is SNS' Managing Director, overseeing all aspects of SNS’ work, as well as working closely with speakers from Palestine and Israel to train, prepare, and support them for work with SNS. She has spent considerable time in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. She's been at SNS since 2015 and worked with founder and Director, Sharon, to considerably grow the organisation to what it is today, expanding into dozens of cities and towns across the UK. She graduated from Cambridge University in Politics, Psychology and Sociology, specialising in conflict development, and the role of religion in politics. Following her graduation, she was awarded a fellowship at the Central European University in Budapest, where she completed her MA in International Relations and European Studies. During this time, she wrote papers and ran seminars on Palestine and Israel, and volunteered with The Human Rights Initiative (HRSI). After graduating in Budapest, she moved back to London, where she worked with an education sector in universities and schools as Business, Sales and marketing Manager of the company Yearbook Machine. She previously volunteered with the charity Football Beyond Borders, and she is fast on the road to becoming a speaker of Arabic.

Mohammed Ali Amla
Youth and Partnerships Director

Mohammed Ali Amla is SNS’ Youth and Partnerships Director, leading on youth empowerment, strategic partnership development and community collaborations. An experienced networker responsible for developing new partnerships for SNS across civil society, the education sector, academia, local authorities and communities. Dedicating his life to bridge building, interfaith, countering Islamophobia and anti-racism. Participating on the Zajel international youth exchange programme, volunteering at Askar refugee camp in Nablus, Palestine was a life-changing experience that caused Ali to pursue a path of peace building and conflict resolution.

Over 20 years’ experience working with communities, the public and private sector. Ali is a multipotentialite, having worked as a researcher, educator, practitioner, activist and executive coach to empower communities to create social innovation and change. His specialisations are in creating safe spaces for difficult dialogue, leadership development, think spaces, strategic development, knowledge exchange and delivering inclusion and diversity training.  A guest lecturer on peace leadership, active citizenship, cohesion, interfaith, Islamophobia, Antisemitism, the far right, media and community empowerment. Ali is writing a book on interfaith, exploring the challenges to interfaith and finding a new approach to building bridges.

Ali is an alumni of the IVLP, Clore Fellow, and the founder of Christian Muslim Encounters, which aims to foster good relations and build bridges across communities, academia, policy and civil society.

Josh Dubell
Education Director

Josh Dubell is SNS' Education Director, overseeing the Youth Education Programme, as well as overseeing Marketing and Outreach. Josh has spent substantial time in Israel-Palestine over the past 20 years and has sat on SNS’ advisory board since 2017. 

Josh is an experienced community professional and for the last 15 years has been working within the Jewish community where thousands of young Jews have benefitted from his work connecting to their Judaism and to Israel-Palestine. He has worked in areas of informal and experiential education as well as in marketing and communications. During his career, he has worked in the UK, Canada, the US, Israel and Palestine, and over this time has come to understand how these different communities connect to their Jewish identity and to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Josh prides himself on trying to understand the motivations of every individual and what they care about in order to seek positive and effective change. 

Josh embodies the work of Solutions Not Sides and in his down time, he is a keen history buff, researching, learning and exploring the in-depth and complicated history of the Middle East. He spends hours trying to figure out how we got to where we are and how we can move into a peaceful future.

Tasha Davis
Programmes Coordinator

Tasha is Solutions Not Sides’ Programmes Coordinator, the main point of contact for our school workshop bookings. She recently completed her MSc in Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University, having written her dissertation on the protection of female refugees from Venezuela. She has a BA in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Leeds, focusing on the influence of international organisations on the democratisation of Spain. Before joining SNS, Tasha worked for the United Nations Association Youth Platform UK and national youth groups.

Miriam Tomusk
Programmes Manager

Miriam Tomusk is Solution Not Sides’ Facilitation Manager, leading on the facilitation of school workshops across the UK and working with freelance facilitators. Miriam studied at Oxford University where she completed a BA in History, followed by a PGDip in Theology and Religion. After graduating, she joined a large sixth form, working in university access and coordinating a programme to promote the academic development of humanities students in preparation for higher education. Before joining SNS, Miriam worked at Parallel Histories, where she was involved in creating resources to support the teaching of conflict and contested history, including the history of Israel-Palestine.

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