Executive Committee 2015-2017

Marietta Dias

Chairperson

Marietta is a founding member of MWPS. She held the office of Action Committee Head from 2005 to 2010 before becoming Chairperson in June 2011 to date.Since arriving in Bahrain from India in 1964, Marietta has been continuously involved in expatriate community welfare work, initially through the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She joined the Bahrain Royal Flight in 1967 and went on to retire as the Assistant Director of Administration 2004. For decades Marietta is one of the very few people on the Island who volunteered with the preparation of bodies for burial.

Marietta was awarded the Benemerenti Gold Medal from the Vatican in 1985 for the long and exceptional service which she has offered to the church. She also received the Hero Acting to End Modern Day Slavery award in 2008 from the US Department of State on the recommendation of the US Embassy in Bahrain and she is the recipient of numerous other awards of recognition and appreciation. 

Marietta has attended and spoken at many national and international conferences and workshops which relate directly to the rights of migrant workers.

Marietta believes that a combination of hard work, commitment and integrity is what it takes to make a real difference in this field.

She is an active member of the Indian Ladies Association (ILA) and of the Indian Community Relief Fund (ICRF). She has recently been welcomed as an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Manama.

Noora Feleyfel

Vice-Chairperson

Noora joined MWPS in 2007 as an active member of both the Action and the Fundraising Committees. She became Head of the Action Committee in 2010 and was actively involved in case work. She was then elected to be Vice-Chairperson in June 2011. She was also a member of the (Bahrain) National Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons from 2010 to 2015 where she represented MWPS. 
Noora is a Bahraini national and holds a BSc in Mass Communications which she gained from Boston University (USA). She has over 15 years of work experience in the field of Marketing, Advertising and Business. She has used her qualifications and professional business and marketing experience to benefit the Society. Noora is passionate about addressing human trafficking and defending the rights of those who have no voice to defend themselves.  She believes basic human rights should be granted and guaranteed for all workers, regardless of sex, race, religion, or economic status.  Noora currently runs her own business. 

Helen

General Secretary

Helen is a human being who cares and loves other human beings and life!

She graduated from the University of London with an LLB Honours and has been working as a legal consultant and lectured banking law over the last decade within the GCC region. She was initially based in Dubai for 8 years and she has now been in Bahrain for three years and feels more at home than anywhere else in the world. Helen migrated from Brazil in 1988 to the UK and grew up in London for 17 years.

She is passionate about helping people and is keen to develop skills that will allow her to help more people of ALL backgrounds to reach their maximum potential. She joined MWPS as a volunteer member in December 2013 and was elected General Secretary of the Board in May 2015.

She recently sat for the New York Bar Exam. She is also a member of the ICSA, UK.

Alka

Treasurer

Alka joined MWPS in November 2015 as an active member of Fund Raising Committee and Labor Safety and Welfare Committee. She took up the position of Treasurer in July 2016.

 She holds a Post-graduate degree in Computer Applications, and MBA in Healthcare Management & Medico Legal system. She has over 20 years of work experience in the field of IT research & development and Hospital Management. Currently, she is working as IT Head of a leading private hospital in Bahrain.

Alka is a firm believer of John Bunyan’s quote –‘you have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you’. She is passionate about helping the needy and making them realize that life is worth living.

Mridula Padmanabhan

Asst. Treasurer

Mridula is passionate about social justice and has worked with organizations like Amnesty International and DC Schools Project in various capacities for almost a decade. She has worked with the Migrant Workers Protection Society since 2015 and currently serves as its Assistant Treasurer. She is a Private Equity investor by profession.

Mridula holds a Bachelor’s degree from the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in Financial Economics with Distinction from the University of Manchester.


Evone Bhaskaran

Head of Action Committee

Evone is one of the founding members of MWPS. She was Assistant Head of the Action Committee from 2009 to 2013 when she took over as head. Evone is most involved with workers from the Sri Lankan community in Bahrain but also supports those from other communities.

By profession Evone is a teacher. She taught in various schools in Sri Lanka before moving to Bahrain in 1989 where she taught at the Pakistan Urdu School from 1998 until she joined MWPS.

Evone has compassion for those who have no voice in society and for those who cannot stand up for themselves and she believes that all men are equal.


Mehru Vesuvala

Head of the Shelter Committee

Mehru Vesuvala is a grassroot community volunteer, based in the Kingdom of Bahrain since 1994. She holds a Masters Degree in History from Delhi University, India, and a Bachelors Degree in Education from Annamalai University, India.

She joined the Migrant Workers Group in 2003 and is a founding member of the Migrant Workers Protection Society (MWPS). She has held the post of the General Secretary of the Society for two consecutive terms (20052009). In February 2008, she was invited by H.E. the Ambassador of India, to join the "Emergency Committee" of the

Indian Community Relief Fund (ICRF), which operates under the patronage of the Indian Embassy in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In July 2013 she was selected and appointed as the ICRF Coordinator for Domestic Workers and Migrant Protection.

Through active participation with the above organizations, she has interacted with a cross-section of the migrant population and has gained extensive practical insight into the problems faced by migrant workers, particularly low income construction and domestic sector workers.

Ms. Vesuvala has participated in several International workshops/ forums/conferences organized by organizations such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), UN Women (New Delhi, Multi Country Office) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva.

In June 2010 and 2011, as a delegate of the Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) and Migrant Rights International (MRI), she attended the United Nations deliberations in Geneva on Convention 189. In June 2011, this was adopted as the 100th ILO Convention, which for the first time extended protection to millions of Domestic Workers, who have historically been excluded from labour law protection worldwide.

In June 2011, she was the recipient of an award from the Rotary Club of Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, in recognition of her "outstanding service, commitment and dedication towards the Migrant Workers, living in the Kingdom of Bahrain".

In Jan 2014, she received an award from the Mahatma Gandhi Cultural Forum, Kingdom of Bahrain, "in appreciation of her exemplary and dedicated services to the Indian Migrant Workers Community".

NeelajaNeelaja Shrotre

Head of Labour Safety and Welfare Committee

Neelaja joined MWPS early in 2012 as member of Labour Safety and Welfare Committee and has been actively participating in labour welfare activities of MWPS. 

In India, she actively volunteered in community services with TAPOVAN Leprosy Rehabilitation Centre and the Adult Literacy Programs set up by National Social Services.

She holds a Post Graduate degree in Physics and is a teacher by profession. She has worked as a teacher in senior school in India as well as in Bahrain.

As Head of the Labour Safety & Welfare Committee, Neelaja is keen to increase awareness of a safety culture at work, home and on the roads. She firmly believes that establishing a behavioural safety culture will truly enhance the welfare of the worker. 

Eman Nooruddin

Head of Fundraising and Awareness Committee

Eman Nooruddin is a licensed (UK and Canada) psychotherapist and is a board member and Head of Fundraising and Awareness Committee at Migrant Worker Protection Society. Ms. Nooruddin specializes in trauma, grief, chronic or terminal illnesses, bereavement, and anxiety. Ms. Nooruddin holds an undergraduate degree (BSc), from George Washington Universitysince 2005. She later received her postgraduate diploma in hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and counseling. She is also certified in cognitive behavior therapy (USA), NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)(USA), Satir family therapy (Canada) and medical therapy (USA).

She is also on the National Registry for Psychotherapist and Counselors in the UK and has worked with many NGO's such as Women Crisis Counselors International (WCCI, NY).

Furthermore, Ms. Nooruddin is a partner in Capital Knowledge-Institute of Finance, and is also involved in the design and delivery of various self-development courses, such as Stress Management, Service Excellence, Brain Training & Mind Mapping and Emotional Intelligence to various companies in Bahrain, UAE and Kuwait.

She has been using many of her acquired expertise to provide counseling, coaching and learning skills to the students at Capital Knowledge.

She ask involved in many other NGOs such is Dreams Society (work with the terminal ill children and Women Crisis Counsel International (working with domestic violence, human trafficking and rape)


Hana Buhijji

Assistant General Secretary

A journalist by profession, Hana joined the society in 2010 following the completion of her work on an investigative report highlighting the abuse of domestic workers in Bahrain. For this report entitled Third Millennium Slavery, in 2011 she was awarded the prestigious international Lorenzo Natalie Journalism Prize given for distinguished stories in the field of Development, Human Rights and democracy.

Hana holds a Master Degree from the USA, has participated in the foundation of two leading local Arabic language newspapers and has worked freelance for several other publications.

Hana has helped to maintain the society's contact with the Arabic press and continues to provide members with the benefit of her translation skills.

Sarah

Executive Committee Member

Sarah is passionate about improving the standard of living of the thousands of labourers working day and night. As such, she has been involved in labour safety and welfare activities since joining MWPS in 2011. She was elected as General Member of the Board in May 2015. By profession, Sarah is in banking, and has seven years of corporate banking experience.

Ali Zeinudin

Assistant Head of Action Committee

Ali Zeinudin joined MWPS in 2010, as a volunteer and has recently been appointed Assistant Head of Action Committee Member. Ali is also a key member in the Kenyan community in Bahrain and a founding Member of Bahrain Kenya Society and is an Advisory Committee Member of its board as well.

As Assistant Head of the action committee he hopes to reach out further to workers of all communities in need. He aims promote workers empowerment and help erase the burden for those suffering in silence.

Ali has been a Bahrain resident since 2004, he holds a Post Graduate Degree in International Business Administration and Diploma in Sales and Marketing. He is a Planning Manager by profession and has held various roles in Top Multicultural Fashion Retail and FMCG Companies in Bahrain.

Ali is passionate about enforcing anti trafficking laws and has always been on the forefront in seeking Migrant workers rights.