Executive Director - Ghulam Kehar
Ghulam’s passion for refugee service is astounding. As part of Amaanah’s founding group, Ghulam also serves on the Advisory Board on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs for the City of Houston Mayor, a two-year term starting in 2011. He completed his higher education at University of Houston graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and Management. He has several years of professional experience in the areas of Operations Management, Finance, and Marketing in both the non-profit and corporate setting.
Senior Director of Programs and Operations - Tabinda Ghani
Tabinda always knew what she wanted to do. Her higher education, experience, and impact speak for what she is today: a resilient non-profit professional. Tabinda holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and Business Administration, both of which she completed at the University of Houston. She completed her undergraduate degree in Operations Management and her Nonprofit Alliance certification in Nonprofit Management from the University of Houston as well. Tabinda has worked in a variety of non-profits including The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston and Harris County Systems of Hope. She joined Amaanah in 2008 leading development and outreach efforts before moving to the Programs Division.
Director of Education - Irfana Hussain
Irfana is our linguistic expert and wordsmith, extending her studies of languages with travels to South Asia. With a degree from the University of Texas-Austin in 2006, Irfana has been teaching Literature and History at the college and secondary school level for several years. Along with managing the After-School program, she is currently expanding her knowledge of non-profit management.
Director of Events - Salma Nassef
If Salma was tasked with the sole responsibility to amplify the energy level and bring on the excitement, she would be up for the task. Her vibrant energy and excitement has proven contagious. Salma began volunteering for one of Amaanah’s distribution events in May 2010 and has gotten hooked since. She now serves as an active member of the Amaanah team, helping with event organization and other crucial tasks. Salma’s background is in science and health education, so reaching out to the community in this capacity came to her naturally. She is currently completing her Master’s in Genetic Counseling at the University of Houston.
Director of Community Relations - Marketa de Rooy
In order to complement her Master in Social Work degree with a hands-on experience, Marketa devoted most of her free time to volunteering abroad. She has traveled to more than 35 countries worldwide, visiting refugee camps, hospitals, orphanages and various non-profit organizations. Marketa also worked in international business education and completed Rice University Leadership Institute for Non-Profit Executives Program. She is a passionate advocate of community service and civic involvement and always welcomes new volunteers on board.
After School Program Coordinator - Komal Naqvi