Board and Team Members

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We are proud of our committed and diverse staff driven by our common goal

Board of Directors

Dr. Abed Ayoub
President & CEO

Samer Darwish
Chairman

Dr. Ismail Mehr
Board Member

Muhieldin Salih
Board Member

Mohammad Ahmad
Board Member

Dr. Wedian Eltom
Board Member

Executive Team

Dr. Abed Ayoub
President & CEO

Muhieldin Salih
Chief Operating Officer

Managers & Strategic Advisors

Abdallah Abuirshaid
Senior Finance Manager

Habib Rajeh
Program Manager

Jason Matechak
Legal Advisor

Usamah Ali
Marketing Manager

Our Team

Ammar Aqlan
Domestic Program Coordinator

Caroline Evashavik
Social Media & Communications Officer

Ebrahim Ayalew
Senior Accountant

Nausheen Ahmed
Donor Relations Specialist

Radwan Chanawani
Event Planner & Major Gifts Officer

Shahjadi Zaman
Program Partnership Officer

Our International Team

Abdul Ghani Ismail
East Africa Regional Representative

Caleb Ouma
Program Manager, East Africa

Rania Alhaj
Program Advisor, Yemen

Tahani Alsaadi
Programs Coordinator, Jordan

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Dr. Abed Ayoub
President & CEO

Dr.Abed Ayoub has decades of experience in the relief sector. Dr. Ayoub holds a PhD in International Development. He is a former CEO for Islamic Relief USA. In 2010, he was appointed to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to serve on its Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA), and was reappointed in 2013, concluding two terms. Dr. Ayoub provided advice, analysis, and recommendations to USAID on the most pressing developmental issues in the world today. He also served a second term with the U.S. State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group. Dr. Ayoub is an adjunct faculty member of The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Center on Muslim Philanthropy; as well as a member of the Board of Trustees, and faculty member, of the Nonprofit Management Department at The Islamic Seminary of America in Dallas, TX. He is certified as an Executive Director, Master Business Coach, and Professional Coach. He is also a Certified International Professional Trainer for German Jordanian University (GJU). Finally, he is a lecturer/trainer for Cambridge International College, U.K.

Samer Darwish
Board Member

Samer Darwish has decades of experience in non-profit organizations. Back in college Samer served as the MSA chapter president. After moving to Santa Clara he served as a volunteer in a number of grass root organizations as a board member twice (Executive Board Public Relations Officer and later in 2013 to 2015 as Board of Directors member) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Also in Santa Clara he served at the Muslim Community Association of the San Francisco Bay Area in different capacities. From 2009 to 2012 Samer held the Vice President and President position at the Muslim Community Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to serve the community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Samer is also a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of the USA, and Boy Scouts of America.
Samer holds two Master degrees, one in Electrical Engineering and the other in Engineering Applied Science, both from UC Davis. He is licensed as a professional engineer (PE) by the State of California board for professional engineers & land surveyors. Samer works in the Silicon Valley, where he held different positions as a design, and applications engineer. Samer also held the position as an Account Executive, and currently works as a Senior Sales Manager reporting to the CEO.

Dr. Ismail Mehr
Board Member

Dr. Ismail Mehr is an anesthesiologist in Hornell, New York and is affiliated with St. James Mercy Hospital. He received his medical degree from Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) and has been in practice between 11-20 years. Dr. Mehr became involved with IMANA while in his final years of residency and upon completion of residency began to increase his involvement. At the time IMANA was beginning its role of becoming an internationally respected medical relief organization. Dr. Mehr also served on the IMANA executive committee in various capacities becoming IMANA President in 2013.

Dr. Muhieldin Salih
Chief Operating Officer

Muhieldin Salih is a high-profile business expert based in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. He is the Founder and Chairman of American Trading, Management, and Consultation Corporation; the Founder and Executive Director of a leading diaspora radio station, Hona Radio; and the Executive Director of ITC Group, LLC. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Sciences, and a Master’s degree in Administration Sciences. He hold Special Diplomas in Publication and Information Authentication from Great Britain. His work is focused on administration, finance and media research.

Mohammad Ahmad
Board Member

Mohammad has over a decade of experience in building enterprise products, business development and marketing in the software business sector. He is currently serving as President of a software company. He is also involved in various non profit organizations in the local Bay Area community in California. He holds a Business Economics degree from the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Wedian Eltom
Board Member

Wedian Eltom is a medical professional currently working as a general practitioner registrar in East England. She has previously worked as an SHO in general medicine and elderly care medicine in London. She earned her MBBS degree from Ahfad University for Women in Sudan where she worked for a few years before settling in London with her family. During her time studying medicine in Sudan, she gained experience in voluntary health campaigns to raise health awareness in rural areas.

Abdallah Abuirshaid
Senior Finance Manager

Abdallah Abuirshaid currently serves as the Senior Finance Manager at UMR. During his time, he has taken great strides to help better the organization’s implementation of new accounting systems and internal control systems, while also maintaining the budget. He has also contributed to the establishment of the UMR Jordan and Kenya field offices, ensuring that they operate according to the Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (GAAP).
Abdallah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Yarmouk University in Jordan, and a Master’s degree in Accounting/Controllership from Strayer University. He also has over five years of accounting experience with various companies such as Team Washington, Prana Solution, and United Computer Service.

Habib Rajeh
Program Manager

Habib Rajeh is an internationally astute, results-focused, articulate global development professional with more than ten years of experience in senior positions in the Middle East, Eastern Africa, and Latin America, including key humanitarian positions as Technical Advisor, Country Director, Regional Director, Team Leader, Program Director, Area Coordinator and Program Manager in the international humanitarian response and development.

Additionally, he has a comprehensive understanding of emergency response, including rapid needs assessment proposal development, project implementation, and reporting based on Sphere standards, Humanitarian Accountability Principles, protection, and gender considerations.

Jason Matechak
Legal Advisor

Jason Matechak has served as the outside Legal Advisor to UMR since 2015. Mr. Matechak is a Founder and Principal at the Impresa Legal Group. He focuses his practice on Government Funded Programs, NGO-Non-Profits, Governance and Compliance and International Matters. He serves as the Director for the Center for International Procurement Law and Policy at the International Law Institute. He has served as the General Counsel of International Relief & Development, the Legal Advisor to the International Development Law Organization, and as a Partner in the Reed Smith Firm. As a civil servant, he served as a contract negotiator and legal reform officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
He has served on the Council and Administration Committee, and as the Technology Officer, and Rule of Law Officer for the American Bar Association Section of International Law, and has served as a Delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group on Public Procurement.
He earned his Law Degree from the George Mason University School of Law, his Masters in International Commerce and Policy from the George Mason University School for Policy, Government, and International Affairs, and his Bachelors in Political Science, with minors in Russian Studies and Economics from James Madison University.
He is a member of the Bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Usamah Ali
Marketing Manager

Usamah Ali currently serves as the Marketing Manager. He brings multiple years of experience in marketing, design, & branding. He graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, and has served as an office manager, pledge coordinator, and administrative assistant in several Islamic centers around the Dallas Area, and most recently served as a Board Member at MAS Dallas.

Ammar Aqlan
Domestic Program Coordinator

Ammar Aqlan is a program manager with 10+ years of experience in the global education and development sector, with a focus to empower local communities through sustainable solutions. Ammar has trained over 1,000 youth from Argentina, Caribbean, Chile, Iraq, the U.S. and Yemen, on a variety of soft skills including leadership, dialogue, and entrepreneurship.

Ammar obtained a Bachelor degree in English literature and MA in International Relations and Development. He has worked with Relief International, Oxfam America, and World Learning. Throughout his years of service, Ammar has developed a comprehensive understanding of program management, M&E, translation and youth engagement.

Caroline Evashavik
Social Media & Communications Officer

Caroline received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing from the George Washington University in 2019. Prior to joining UMR, she worked as a Media Outreach Intern at PEN/Faulkner, a literary nonprofit in the DC Metro area. Caroline also spent time as a Writing and Editing Intern for a magazine in the Czech Republic.
Caroline is passionate about helping others and making a difference in the world. Outside of work, she likes to spend her time writing, reading, and talking to anyone who will listen.ary nonprofit in the DC Metro area. Caroline also spent time as a Writing and Editing Intern for a magazine in the Czech Republic.

Ebrahim Ayalew
Senior Accountant

Ebrahim has over 14 years of accounting experience working with NGOs, microfinance institutes, and private construction companies. He received his BA in Accounting from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, and certificates in Development Economics and Accounting from Matrys University and Mekele University respectively.
Ebrahim has been with UMR since 2017, and remains an important figure in the Finance Department. His main responsibilities include verifying and entering source data into prescribed computer databases, files, and forms.

Nausheen Ahmed
Donor Relations Specialist

Nausheen has been working with UMR since 2017 as a Donor Relations Specialist. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Sindh in Pakistan, and received certifications in Philanthropy from Indiana University. She has been an event organizer for social services in local communities for 16 years. Nausheen has provided volunteer teaching services to local Sunday schools for 12 years, and in her free time works for local foreign language TV channels.

Radwan Chanawani
Event Planner & Major Gifts Officer

A globally-oriented strategic thinker and planner, Radwan Chanawani organized the Syrian Turkish forum with the presence of the Turkish Prime Minister as well as coordinated the International Conference for Investment and Financial Markets in Damascus, Syria for four consecutive years ultimately resulting in the launching of the Damascus Securities Exchange.

Mr. Chanawani has also successfully launched, managed, and operated over 70 global events, executed event fulfillment for B2C events, coordinated the largest global insurance conferences (The Arab Insurance Conference, the 26th GAIF General Insurance Conference, and The Third Damascus Insurance Forum), and much more.

A graduate of University of Detroit Mercy, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Mr. Radwan Chanawani has a Minor in Computer Information Systems from Humboldt State University, as well as a Certification in Exhibition Management.

Shahjadi Zaman
SE Asia Program Officer

Shahjadi Zaman has six years of experience working with non-governmental organizations and academic institutions. She did bachelors and master’s in International Relations from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and earned another master’s in Political Science from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a woman, her experience spurred her interest to work for marginalized and underserved people in society. Prior to joining UMR, she worked with WASH, human rights, refugee’s health, and anti-trafficking issues in Bangladesh. Being an optimist, she dreams of an exploitation-free world where every individual is treated with respect and dignity.

Abdul Ghani Ismail
East Africa Regional Representative

Abdul Ghani Ismail serves as UMR’s Regional Representative in East Africa. After receiving his degree in LLM Master’s Degree from Metropolitan University in London, he began his journey in the Humanitarian work serving as Middle East Desk Manager with Muslim Aid UK. Abdul Ghani worked in the Arab League for a short period as one of the Arab League observers at the beginning of Syria war. In the past decade Abdul Ghani has mostly focused on helping refugees, orphans, destitute and vulnerable communities in different parts of the world.

Caleb Ouma
Program Manager, East Africa

Caleb Ouma has over 10 years of professional experience, 9 years of which have been at the project/programme management level. He has played a leading role in the implementation of key processes that produced operating government and regional partnership instruments and programs. In 2012 while working for Fafi Integrated Development Association (FaIDA), Caleb was part of a team that designed a USAID-funded WASH project in Kambioos. In 2016, he joined Muslim Aid, a UK-based international humanitarian and development organization as the Programme Officer for a Kenyan program where he designed a primary healthcare project to address the healthcare challenges in Wajir County. The project was later adopted and taken up by County Government of Wajir.
Before joining UMR, Caleb was working with FaIDA as a Project Coordinator and Team Leader for the World Bank Funded Kenya Development Response to Displacement Impact Project (KDRDIP). KDRDIP is a 5-year project that seeks to address the Socio-economic and environmental challenges caused by years of hosting refugees in Northeastern Kenya.

Rania Alhaj
Program Advisor, Yemen

Miss. Rania holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry. She worked as an academic administrator for five years. She has been working in the humanitarian field for eight years with local and major international NGOs in Yemen.

Rania worked on various projects and grants funded by major donors, including UNICEF, ECHO, OCHA, and USAID.

She worked with communities in remote areas and local partners on peacebuilding, protection and nutrition, education, child protection, and capacity building programming. Before joining UMR, Rania was working with GC as a Program Manager for the USAID Funded Yemen development.

Tahani Alsaadi
Programs Coordinator, Jordan

Ms. Tahani holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies. She has been working in the humanitarian field for seven years with local and major international NGOs In Jordan. she has experience in project management, research, and MEAL.

She successfully managed grants funded by major donors, including BPRM, UNWomen, Trust Fund, UNICEF, IRC, Alianza, and SIDA.

She worked closely with the grassroots community structures and partners on peace building, sexual and reproductive health, gender and human rights programming.

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