The Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology is led by an Executive Board consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair, six Executive Board Members, and a Student Representative. The members and the positions they hold are listed below. You can click on any name to learn more about that individual.


Chair  – Laura Sywulak (Baruch College & CUNY Graduate Center, USA)

Sywulak-photoBio: Laura is currently earning her Ph.D. in I/O Psychology at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center.  Her research focuses on the psychological and behavioral outcomes of having influence over others at work. She is Senior Analyst of People Analytics and Engagement at JetBlue specializing in employee engagement and leadership development. Additionally she is an adjunct professor within CUNY, teaching a course in Interviewing. She has a special interest in volunteer engagement and non profit organizations. She has been a GOHWP member since 2014.

Vice Chair – Shujaat Farah Ahmed 
(Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)

As Vice Chair, Shujaat assists the Chair in the running of the organisation.

Bio: Shujaat is a doctoral candidate of Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Her research expertise is in work-family interface and social support issues within a multicultural context. Shujaat is also interested in contributing to the well-being of individuals in low income, underserved nations through research and awareness. She is currently working in Talent Assessment at Amtrak.

Executive Board Member – Christopher Beukes  (South Africa Department of Education, South Africa)

ChrisChris has worked with work/industrial psychology based committees for a number of years. He has served on the Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA) ethics, emerging psychologist and regional committee for over 6 years. Chris is also a board member with the South African Career Development Association (SACDA) as well as the African Network for Career Development. His role with the GOHWP is to conceptualise and develop a stakeholder engagements strategy that will not only generate resources but establish a network of key partners in order that work done through the GOHWP can be disseminated as far as possible.

Executive Board Member – Mary O’Neill Berry
(NGO Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, USA)

Bio: Mary is an organisational psychologist and management consultant specialising in international survey and evaluation research, particularly in the non-profit arena. She obtained her Ph.D. in social psychology from Columbia University. She is an NGO Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) from the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and is past Co-Chair of the Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology. Her current research focuses on the global implementation of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). One of her recent projects is an evaluation study of a girls’ empowerment programme in Lesotho.

Executive Board Member – Drew Mallory 
(Purdue University, USA)

Mallory-photoBio: Drew is a doctoral student of industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology at Purdue University (Indiana) in the United States, where he works with Dr. Deborah Rupp. His primary research interests are in the humanitarian applications of work psychology, particularly in multicultural or under-studied environments. Interested in enacting large-scale social change since early in his working career, Drew has spent time working with NGOs in the United States, the Middle East and Asia, where he managed micro through national-level projects on family, community, and culture. Drew is a licensed social worker and holds a masters in Evidence-Based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford, where he studied technology-delivered interventions for depression. His current research and intervention foci are in diversity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility (CSR), leadership, and  pro- and anti-social behaviors.

Executive Board Member – Wael Mohamed Yousef Mohamed
(Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Bio: Dr. Mohamed is a clinical pharmacologist, neuroscientist and psychiatrist. He dedicated his career to neurological research and medical teaching. His research focus is to advance the knowledge and understanding the neurological diseases through unconventional thinking. Therefore his basic and translational research targets the investigation and development of novel treatment for such resistant diseases.  Dr Mohamed got his PhD from Pennsylvania State University (USA) and has more than 30 peer reviewed publications as well as many running research grants.

Executive Board Member – Morrie Mullins (Xavier University, USA)

Bio: Morrie is a Professor of I-O psychology at Xavier University (Cincinnati, USA).  During his time at Xavier, he has overseen a number of applied projects in support of non-profit organizations in the region.  He also recently completed a three-year term as editor of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (TIP), with the highlight of his editorship being his increased familiarity with and support for the important work being done by psychologists as part of GOHWP and SIOP’s United Nations team.  He is committed to finding ways to support work psychology’s outreach to humanitarian causes and to furthering the visibility of GOHWP with educators and practitioners.

Student Representative  – Emmanuel Amarh Ashitey (University of Ghana)

Bio: Emmanuel is a final year student at the University of Ghana, where he studies Bachelor of art in psychology. Emmanuel is also a member of Global organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology under Dr. Inusah Abdul-Nasiru an IO psychologist and chapter leader. Emmanuel is the current chairman and Co-founder of United West Africa for Mental Health and also a Student representative for Ghana Psychological Association (GPA). He is also a Membership and partnership coordinator for Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN) for Africa and Europe and a Membership director for World Merit Ghana.



To view the Executive Boards from past years, click on the appropriate link below: