Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought

Members of the Board

Hikmat Bushnaq


Hikmat Bushnaq-Josting, (1970), Palestinian-German Biotechnological Engineer/Consultant for Biotechnolgy (Technical Manager, SAFC Biosciences/Sigma-Aldrich Chemie GmbH) since 2010. Grew up in Nablus, Palestine, in Germany since 1987. Founding member of the Ibn Rushd Fund and its Chaiman.

John Nasta

Second Chairman

John Nasta, physician anaesthesiologist (PhD), retired, University Clinic and Central-Military-Hospital in Damascus, senior consultant for anaestheisia and intensive care in Oelde/Westfalen 1980 und 2001. Since 2003 member of the Ibn Rushd Fund, Second Chairman since 2005.


Abier Bushnaq


Abier Bushnaq, (1966), MA Islamic Studies and English Literature. PhD Arabic Literature. Documentary at FAZ newspaper archive (2001-2002) in Frankfurt. Editor at German Railway company DB, editor Lisan Magazine. Founding member of the Ibn Rushd Fund, its chairwoman 1998-2010.

Sami Ibrahim


Sami Ibrahim, (1971), studied Psychology at the Universitiy of Munich and received his PhD on 'Cultural Diversity in Teams' (2009). Sami Ibrahim has been living in Germany since 1992. Active member of the Ibn Rushd Fund since 2004, member of the board since 2007.

Fadia Foda

Committee member

Fadia Foda (1959 Tyre/Lebanon), of Palestinian origin and today holds German citizenship. Active member in the General Union of Palestinian Women (GUPW) in Libanon (1973-1988), founding member and member of the board of the independent relief organisation "Popular Aid for Relief and Development" (PARD) and later its managing director of the office in South Lebanon . Has been living in Germany since 1990, works in the field of migration and refugees. Member of the Ibn Rushd Fund since 2004, its Chairwoman 2007-2008.