We have a passionate and dedicated team that is constantly growing and evolving to meet the long-term needs of women, children, and families who have arrived through the refugee resettlement process. We’re on a mission to integrate resettled refugees into their new homes and communities. Thank you for your continued support of our mission.
ith a desire to give back running in their blood, a small group of the University of Houston students came together in 2006 to work on a community service project. What they discovered was the spark that ignited their growing passion to serving resettled refugees. Uncovering the large scale of unmet needs of thousands of resettled refugees in their own city, they began to collect food, clothing, furniture and even funds for distribution. They quickly realized that fulfilling only short-term and immediate needs was not enough to fully support the many newcomers to the city.
Fueled by a drive to revolutionize the industry, in 2008 Amaanah Refugee Services was officially established. As the heart and soul of this organization, Amaanah’s team has grown exponentially to meet the ever-growing needs of resettled refugees. Through our focused programs and events, in 2016 we touched the lives of more than 10,000 resettled refugees in Texas.
From our humble beginnings in Houston, we have now planted our roots in Austin, the state capital. We are tirelessly working to set the foundation for our future growth in Texas and beyond. We thank you for your support and hope you will continue with us on this journey.
Integrity and transparency are incredibly important to our organization. As one of the largest privately funded refugee services organizations in Texas, we know that our life-changing programs could not happen without generous contributions.
Jida joins with over a decade of strategic marketing experience in the oil and gas industry, most recently as a Senior Analyst at Exterran in Houston. There, she was forecasting trends, managing budgetary tasks, and spearheading company-wide goals and initiatives. Jida has a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from the University of St. Thomas and is certified in marketing strategy from Cornell University. She is currently pursuing an MBA from Texas A&M University.
Board of Directors
Roger Yelton is a 30-year veteran of the Oil & Gas industry. He has spent most of his career at Weatherford International where he is now serving as the US Director of Quality, Health, Safety & Environment. Roger holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management from Southwest Texas State University.
Omar Zakaria is a Research Analyst for a financial services company covering the energy industry. Prior to this role, Omar held a variety of roles in energy and finance. A native Houstonian, Omar holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston and an MBA from Rice University.
Ghulam Kehar has been a visionary at the helm of Amaanah and a voice for refugees for over a decade. He has presented at several TEDx conferences and served on the advisory board for the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs in Houston. Ghulam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and a Nonprofit Leadership Certification from Rice University.
Dr. Saba Ahmed graduated from The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School. She currently has a private practice called Village Park Family Dental and Orthodontics. Dr. Ahmed is an active member of several accredited organizations. In addition to community work with Amaanah, she is actively involved with Shifa Clinic.
A Certified Public Accountant by trade, Nazif has been an active volunteer with Amaanah since its early days. Nazif received his Bachelor’s of Accounting and Economics from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He has over 14 years of experience in public accounting, business development, and consulting services. Currently, Nazif serves as a partner at RSM.
Abid Yousuf is an entrepreneur and a supply chain management professional. He is the co-founder of a growing technology firm, Terra Firma Logistics, that provides logistics solutions for the energy industry. Abid holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.