Our Team

Sarah Ahmad Abedin
Founder

Sarah Ahmad Abedin is the founder and CEO of BreaktheTide, a nonprofit she has founded in 2020, to provide financial support and empower women, children and underprivileged communities to obtain education, vocational training, creating sustainable livelihood and self-employment in renewable and environmentally sustainable projects.  

Sarah is an Information Technology and Cybersecurity expert by profession and has worked as an IT auditor, consultant and information security specialist in both public and private sectors. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.  But her true passion has always been to work in the developmental areas for empowering girls and women.  She has been a mentor and a founding advisory council member of ISACA’s SheLeadsTech and has been a long-time sponsor of Save the Children, Women for Women International, Doctors without Borders, and many other organizations.  She has been influenced by the great works of numerous humanitarians, some in her immediate family but many whose lifeworks she admired since her early childhood.  Her first introduction to the world of women empowerment work was in 1994 when she spent a short time in a village in Norshindi, Bangladesh to experience the great works of Grameen Bank (2006 Nobel Prize recipient along with its founder Dr. Mohammad Yunus).  The experience has left a lasting impression on her and made her a firm believer that with a little support everyone can realize their own potential.

Zereen Ali
Founding Director

Zereen Ali is a founding Director of BreaktheTide, a nonprofit founded in 2020, to provide financial support and empower women, children and underprivileged communities to obtain education, vocational training, creating sustainable livelihood and self-employment in renewable and environmentally sustainable projects.  

Zereen is a Marketing and Communications professional with experience in leading global projects, internal and external Communications, event management, benchmarking, research, social media management, graphic design, executive support and various other Marketing and Communications activities. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Oakland University and has taken leadership courses post-graduation. Zereen  joined BreaktheTide to make a difference and assist those who have not been afforded the same opportunities as she has. She has been involved with volunteer programs, during different periods of her life and discovered her passion for diversity and inclusion since she worked at the Center for Multicultural Initiatives at Oakland University. 

Samina Jahangir
Founding Director

Serving the community has always been Samina’s passion. In the last few years, she has been supporting many US-based and international organizations to foster women’s independence and children’s education. As a member of BreaktheTide, Samina has been exercising her expertise to guide appropriate resource allocations.

Samina has been an educator in a Maryland’s public school system for the last 15 years.  She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from The University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.  She started her career as a network security personnel in a multinational company in the US.  Later, Samina discovered true her passion for teaching and completed her Masters degree in early Childhood Education from the University of North Texas and obtained her teaching certifications. 

Spring George
Spring George
Founding Director

Spring George serves the community by providing services to women and children living in local homeless shelters and has previously served in international missions through Change Agent Network and CANAFRICA. Spring became part of BreaktheTide in order to continue to assist with projects that make a difference in the lives of the underserved.  

Spring is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and her work experience includes management positions in state and federal government as well as serving as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with non-profit organizations.

Esther Pujol Rodriguez
Founding Director

Esther Pujol Rodriguez is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and she has provided accounting services, internal audit, compliance, process improvement, cost optimization and other risk consulting projects to Fortune 500 companies, small private entities, and nonprofit organizations.

Esther served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for several organizations in the government contracting arena and nonprofit sector.  She also served in multiple roles at Siemens AG Germany, leading internal audits worldwide.  In her last role as a controller for Siemens Government Technologies, she was a member of Siemen’s senior management team.  Esther also worked for seven years with the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), currently FINRA where she was promoted through the ranks of their internal audit department, eventually departing as an associate audit director.  There she conducted audits to assess the organization’s compliance with applicable securities laws, as well as departmental adherence to internal policies and procedure,  She has also worked for a variety of public practice clients, performing financial and operational audits for governmental programs, as well as for private entities. As a project director for NeoSystems, she provided accounting and financial services to a variety of government contractors, commercial and nonprofit organization, with emphasis on reducing their accounting and managerial cost.  She has also practiced in several nonprofit boards always bringing her professional knowledge.

Nahid Rianon
Nahid Rianon
Director

Nahid Rianon is a physician and a public health professional by training but she has always been passionate about human rights for all, specifically those who are oppressed, e.g., women, underserved and underprivileged.  Nahid believes that education, health, financial freedom for all are essential for making sure everyone can enjoy their human rights.  Her goal is to work towards building a society where everyone can enjoy their human rights.

Monika Mangla
Director
Monika Mangla is a Managing Director with a global consulting firm serving clients, both in the US and outside of the US. Monika is passionate about promoting education and empowering underprivileged communities, especially women so that we can drive towards a more equitable society that creates opportunities for all. She is a firm believer that a proactive engagement will help some of our weakest community members who may be unfairly impacted by today’s evolving socio/economic/climate environment.
Monika is a seasoned finance executive with a track record of delivering results through alignment and collaborative partnerships within the companies she has helped and served. She has led globally distributed teams (service lines, large scale programs, and functions), both in the US and internationally and is highly experienced at managing partnerships in matrix organizations including c-suite, partners/suppliers, banks and regulatory authorities. In addition to working in the for-profit sector, Monika actively mentors and coaches young companies especially in the area of clean technology. She is passionate about education and empowering people to drive for equal opportunities for all. Monika holds a Master’s in Economics from University of Maryland College Park and Delhi School of Economics. Additionally, she holds CFA charter.

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