DIRECTOR, MEYMUNA HUSSEIN-CATTAN
Afro-Indigenous to East Africa and born in an Ethiopian refugee camp located in Somalia, Meymuna is passionate about creating conversations around global and local issues as it pertains to migration. In 2010 Meymuna and her mother, Owliya, established The Tiyya Foundation, an award-winning grassroots organization. In 2018, she established Flavors from Afar as an extension of the nonprofit organization to ensure sustainability. Meymuna has been recognized by the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, was a PBS/ KTLA Local Hero nominee, and selected Woman of the Year by Congressman Adam Schiff.
PROGRAM MANAGER, CHRISTIAN DAVIS
Christian joined the team as Co-Founder in 2020. He was instrumental in transforming Flavors from a catering company into a beautiful, brick and mortar restaurant located in Little Ethiopia, Los Angeles.
As an expert in customer relations and communications, Christian secured recognition for Flavors on various platforms such as UNHCR, LA Magazine, Food-52, Postmates Blog, CBS Podcast, KISS FM, and other media outlets. He manages operations at the restaurant and continues to promote Flavors’ unique mission to bring former refugees’ delicious, authentic global cuisine to LA.
PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR, KENNA COPES
A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, Chef Kenna brings her expertly crafted talent as well as her infectious and fun persona to the Flavors from Afar kitchen. As the Program Instructor and Head Chef, she is the most essential members of the Flavors From Afar social enteprise team.
Resident Chefs: Malia Hamza From Somalia & Sonia Ortiz From Guatemala
Our amazing team is not complete without our resident chefs. Malia Hamza has been a member of Flavors from Afar since our inception in 2018. Working alongside Sonia Ortiz, who has over 38 years of experience in the restaurant sector - these two make a dynamic duo and we are so grateful.