Our Team

Mahbouba Yousef


Ms. Mahbouba Yousef established Safe Center in 2010 in an attempt to fill the void for students who needed more assistance than a main stream school could provide. Ms. Mahbouba’s personal passion and desire specifically in the field of ASD, led to Safe Center becoming the first non-profit special education center in Dubai. This non-profit ethos remains a core principle in the manner Ms. Mahbouba runs the center to date, ensuring all students and families receive fair access to services regardless of ethnicity, religion, or social standing. Ms. Mahbouba continually strives to deliver the best level of service to the students of Safe Center and invests a great deal of time in trainings for her staff.

      Fakhria Lutfi

      Assistant Finance Manager

      Ms. Fakhria received her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from the American University, Washington, D.C. She has over 20 years of experience in art design and advertising in Al Bayan Newspaper. Fakhria has been engaged in philanthropic activities since 2011, volunteering at SAFE Center for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and being a member of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association since 2013.

          Regina Gamboa

          Center Supervisor

          Ms. Regina Gamboa graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts from California State University Northridge.  Ms. Regina went on to complete her MSEd in Severe Special Needs Education from Simmons College in Boston, MA.  In addition Ms. Regina studied Applied Behavior Analysis at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

          Ms. Regina has been working with children with special needs since 2005.  She has experience developing programs for children with varying level of needs in a variety of settings.  Ms. Regina has worked in residential, day program, home based, and inclusion settings.

          Throughout her career Ms. Regina has supervised staff in educational and behavioral programming across multiple settings.  Ms. Regina has written and developed IEP and behavior plans.  Ms. Regina conducts educational and behavioral assessments.  Ms. Regina has trained parents, teachers, and support staff working with children with special needs.  Ms. Regina gains input from all of the people involved in the child’s life to create a plan to further the development of the child.

              Melanie Agraam

              BSc – Office Manager

              Having been living in the UAE for over 20 years Ms. Melanie uses her many years of business experience to ensures that the center office runs smoothly. Ms. Melanie has extensive understanding of the Middle Eastern culture and the UAE rules and regulations which apply to special needs centers. Ms. Melanie joined Safe Center in 2011 and continues to assist parents and staff in the day to day requirements of admin and accounts. Ms. Melanie is an integral part of Safe Center and can be relied upon to keep the office running in a professional and client friendly manner.

                  Carisse Maravilla

                  BSc– Admin

                  Ms. Carisse Maravilla received a bachelor of science in information technology in 2013 from the Philippines and moved to Dubai to join the Safe Center team in 2014. Ms. Carise has valuable experience with administrative duties and can be relied upon to produce a consistently professional attitude to her role.

                      Kruthika Shettyan

                      MSc, BSc - Speech and Language Pathologist

                      Ms. Kruthika Shettyan obtained an MSc in Language and Communication from the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom in 2014, and a BSc in Speech language Pathology and Audiology from Manipal University, India in 2010. Having been trained in working with children and adults with various speech and language disorders: including stuttering, stroke, ASD, Down Syndrome, and swallowing disorders; Ms. Kruthika developed a passion for working with a paediatric population. Ms. Kruthika has extensive training in assessing and treating various speech and language disorders, as well as those with hearing impairments. Ms. Kruthika is proficient at using AAC technology, American Sign Language and Foundational Makaton Sign Language. Ms. Kruthika joined Safe Center in 2011 and now oversees the Speech and Language department, providing ongoing supervision and training to not only her team but to all staff at Safe Center.

                        Jessica Neely

                        BSc – Speech and Language Pathologist

                        Ms. Jessica Neely earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Speech & Language Studies from Trinity College, Ireland in 2015.  Ms. Jessica’s professional experiences have included clinical work with adults and children in a variety of settings. Ms. Jessica developed a passion for working with children and has experience working with impairments of articulation, childhood apraxia of speech, phonology, fluency, social language, auditory processing, expressive language, receptive language and early language development. Ms. Jessica believes collaboration with family members is crucial to a child’s development and progress and as such she works closely with our families to ensure continuity of services. She firmly believes in a team approach, collaborating with parents, teachers, and other professionals to provide the best therapeutic outcomes. Ms. Jessica believes providing quality therapy involves compassion, patience, evidence based practice, parent support, and having fun! Ms. Jessica is passionate about helping children communicate to the best of their abilities and is proficient in using AAC technology and Foundation Makaton Sign Language. Ms. Jessica joined the Safe Center team in September 2015 and has proven to be a valuable asset to the team.

                            Ruel Fruelda

                            BSc - Occupational Therapist

                            Mr. Ruel Fruelda joined the Safe Center team in 2011. He gained his BSc in Occupational Therapy in 2005 and his DHA license in 2006. With more than 10 experiences as an Occupational Therapist, Mr. Ruel has experience in hospital and school settings and working with a range of disabilities, including: Cerebral Palsy, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Global Developmental Disorder, ADHD/ADD, Sensory Processing Disorder, ASD, and Down Syndrome. Having worked primarily in pediatric settings, Mr. Ruel found his interest was sparked in early intervention therapy. Mr. Ruel received certified training in Hand Writing Without Tears, common pediatric disabilities, and sensory profiling; all of which enable him to work effectively with his clients. Mr. Ruel’s clinical interests include: fabricating different types of splints, and wheelchair assessments.

                              Sumera Aslam

                              MA - Speech and Language Pathologist

                              Ms. Sumera Aslam gained her M.A. in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from University of Karachi, Pakistan in 2015. Ms. Sumera has over ten years experience working with a pediatric population and has worked as a speech language therapist and special educator for clients with various disorders, such as: ASD, Down Syndrome, ADHD, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, specific language impairment, Dyslexia, and Hearing impairment. Ms. Sumera has extensive training in assessing and treating various speech and language disorders. Ms. Sumera is proficient in using AAC technology, American Sign Language and Foundation Makaton Sign Language. Ms. Sumera joined Safe Center as a speech language therapist in the academic year of 2015 and has been a valuable asset to the team.

                                Tahreem Israr Ul Hasan

                                BSc - Occupational Therapist

                                Ms. Tahreem Israr Ul Hasan completed her BSc in Occupational Therapy in 2011 from Dow University, Pakistan. Ms. Tahreem has extensive experience in hospital settings and has worked with a clients with a range of disabilities, including: Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Disorder, ADHD/ADD, ASD, Down Syndrome, Parkinson Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. During Ms. Tahreem’s clinical rotation in her time at Aga Khan University and Hospital, she found a passion for working in a pediatric setting. Ms. Tahreem’s clinical interests include: Neuromuscular rehabilitation and hand rehabilitation.


                                  Muhammad Usman

                                  MSc, M.Phil, B.A. – SEN Teacher

                                  Mr. Muhammad Usman received his MSc in Applied Psychology in 2008 from Islamia University of Bahawalpur Pakistan. Muhammad has both extensive academic and clinical experience. Muhammad has headed up roles as a lecturer in Cognitive and Clinical Psychology in both The Islamia University of Bahawalpur and The Emirates College for Management and Technology. Whilst accruing over three years experience as an academic, Muhammad further took the opportunity to gain his M.Phil in Clinical Child Psychology.  In addition, Muhammad has previous experience in both hospital and school settings working alongside children and adolescents with developmental and language delays. Muhammad joined Safe Center as a SEN teacher in the academic year of 2013-2014 and continues to further his passion for special education through regularly attending workshops and seminars around the UAE. Mr. Muhammad is trained in foundation Makaton Sign Language and basic ASL.

                                      Babu Joseph

                                      B.Ed – SEN Teacher

                                      Mr. Babu Joseph received a B.Ed from the National Institute of Mumbai, with a focus on Educational Psychology, Speech and Audiology, and Educational Curriculum Management. Mr. Joseph also obtained a Diploma in Learning Disabilities Programming from Karuna Institute of Special Needs. Mr. Joseph has worked in the field of special education for over ten years and has good experience working with children and adolescents with a variety of disorders, including: ASD, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X, Down Syndrome, and Hearing impairment. Mr. Joseph joined Safe Center in 2010 and finds working with adolescents on functional life skills the most rewarding. Mr. Joseph has extensive experience in managing challenging behaviour, with AAC technology and is also trained in foundation Makaton Sign Language. Mr. Joseph continues to further his expertise by attending training seminars and workshops locally, and is also studying for his MSc in Child Psychology.

                                        Madiha Khan

                                        B.S. – SEN Teacher

                                        Ms. Madiha Khan gained her B.S in Special Education from University of Karachi, Pakistan in 2013. Ms. Madiha has worked as Special Educator for numerous years, specialising in working with children on the Autistic spectrum. Ms. Madiha has experience working in both a clinical and school setting, implementing a modified curriculum for students with developmental delays. Ms. Madiha joined Safe Center in the academic year of 2013 and has proven herself a valuable asset of the team. She is currently head of the ACE department, meaning she is the chief skill assessor for our ACE students and responsible for assisting other SEN teachers create and modify IEP goals. Ms. Madiha has been actively participating in conferences, trainings and symposiums related to the field of special education in order to maintain current in the field and ensure best practice. Ms. Madiha has good experience working with AAC technology and is trained in foundation Makaton Sign Language.

                                            Aidan Dullaghan



                                            Mr Aidan Dullaghan Aidan started working at Safe Centre in 2015 as an Assistant Teacher where he has gained experience in teaching ACE and in using Makaton and other AAC devices. He finds great fulfilment in educating and caring for those with special needs and continues to educate himself by reading widely and attending seminars and training courses within the UAE.  In 2016 he was appointed as a Teacher to one of our ACE classes.

                                            Aidan was awarded a BA Fine Arts, honours, in the UK and continues to be a practicing artist. His vocation, however, has always been within the caring profession, both within institutions and on an individual basis. Following graduation, he provided individualised art lessons to a young adult with brain damage. He then worked as an Art Tutor and later as a Session Co-ordinator to over 30 members at a Mencap centre in the South East of England. Mencap is a charity providing support to those with learning difficulties and special needs . Whilst working in the UK he completed various professional courses including Epilepsy Awareness and Autism Awareness.