Our Team


Shady Farag
Founder & CEO

On a professional level Shady is an experienced project manager with several years of experience in the construction field, the travel industry and the sales domain. He is currently the owner and managing director of a flourishing home construction business that allows him to utilize his education being a civil engineer and a licensed homebuilder as well as his graduate studies in Project Management. Shady is the founder of Land of Hope; he has been leading this organization since its establishment in January 2012. He leads the teams and committees that manage the various branches of ministry at Land of Hope. Shady is married to Sarah; the Lord blessed them with a beautiful daughter, Tianna. His objective has always been to extend the ministry’s reach ceasing every opportunity so that more people can hear the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Shady has many hobbies among which is playing soccer and travel.


Marian Nessim
Vice President

Marian is a Financial Analyst with a bachelor’s in Economics and Political Sciences. In addition to her role as the Vice President of Land of Hope, Marian is leading the team managing Anchor Retreat Centre assisting in spreading hope through hosting church retreats and summer camps.


Silvia Hennawy
Partnerships Director

An MBA from Schulich School of Business, and 12 years’ experience in corporate finance are at the core of Silvia’s professional life. She is passionate about working in a team, driving change, and problem solving. Her motto in life is “whatever you do, do from all your heart”.


Gaby Hanna
Financial Manager

Gaby is an electrical engineer with a bachelor’s of Engineering from Ryerson University. Gaby is the financial manager at Land of Hope, overseeing the work of the financial committee that is responsible for monitoring accounts, reviewing financial reports, and preparing financial forecasts. As a self-proclaimed geek, he loves technology, media and video games. He loves playing the piano at his local church and has a passion for photography and videography.


Lawrence Artin
Impact Outreach Manager

Lawrence is an electrical engineer, who graduated from Ryerson University in 2007. Lawrence is leading Land of Hope community outreach ministry known as Impact. He also plays an active role in various Christian youth ministries, homeless outreach ministries and he is an indispensable leader in the Community Outreaches of Land of Hope. His hobbies included fixing cars, playing various sports but specially enjoyed playing American football and Rugby.


Tony Hanna
Social Media Moderator

Tony a motivated analytical planner. He graduated with a bachelor’s of Engineering from Ryerson University, and gathered years of experience in the area of project management and project planning. His education and experience have helped him successfully manage large projects for Land of Hope, and subsequently overseeing various projects.
Tony is a hybrid of technical and artistic natures, as he also works as a part-time photographer. He enjoys capturing precious moments and documenting memories. He currently applies his creative and analytical skills in leading various projects in Land of Hope. 


Dany Hanna
Web & Graphic Designer

Dany Hanna is the multimedia specialist at Land of Hope, he makes significant contributions to all of Land of Hope’s published content whether in printed material or via the Web. He is also Sound Coordinator and Graphic Designer at Land of Hope, Dany is an Electrical Engineer who loves soccer, karaoke, and traveling.
His favorite quote is “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”


Sarah Beshara
Anchor Retreat Centre Operations Manager

In her professional life, Sarah is a senior integration consultant in IT. Sarah has a bachelor’s in Computer Sciences, specialized in Information Systems. She contributes to Land of Hope in various ways including managing the logistics of Anchor Retreat Centre for retreats and Sports camps. Sarah is a passionate adventurous person who loves to try and learn new things. Sarah loves travelling, drawing and singing.


Christine Morkos
Staff Coordinator

Christine Morkos graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy in 2010 with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Currently working in the retail setting, she interacts with patients on a daily basis, assesses their needs, and optimizes their health outcomes. When outside the pharmacy she enjoys serving her community, Broadway musicals, traveling, and a good slice of pizza.


Rafeik Nessim
Project Manager

Rafeik is a passionate individual who thrives to implement management skills to arrange and plan mega events in Land of Hope. Rafeik is a Bachelor of Science graduate from Brock University and is currently studying Respiratory Therapy at Michener Institute. He has a distinctive drive and passion towards helping and uplifting others around him. He enjoys playing different sports with soccer being his favourite.