Chief Executive Officer
Anwar Khan has more than twenty years of experience working in the field of humanitarian and development assistance. Mr. Khan was born in Pakistan and grew up in England. He earned a degree in biochemistry in 1993, and began working with Islamic Relief Worldwide. In 1994 he moved to the United States. Since then, he has aided in IRUSA’s expansion, helping start up offices in the Los Angeles and Dallas areas. Mr. Khan has extensive experience in the field: he has traveled to conflict and disaster zones including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechnya, Gaza, Darfur, Haiti, Pakistan and Syria. He has also traveled for development work in Africa and South Asia, visiting locations including Timbuktu. In the United States, he helped set up an extensive volunteer network that now consists of several thousand people. On behalf of IRUSA, Mr. Khan has been appointed to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA). Along with other leaders in the international development field, Mr. Khan provides advice, analysis and recommendations to USAID on the most pressing development issues in the world today. He is also serving on the U.S. State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group, where he advises on humanitarian issues and the intersection of faith and development. Before becoming CEO, Mr. Khan held a variety of leadership roles at Islamic Relief USA, directing Islamic Relief USA’s program efforts, managing its fundraising offices, operations, and overseeing its fund development work.
Tareq Osman, a Certified Public Accountant, serves as Controller for Islamic Relief USA. Mr. Osman has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of accounting specialties, including account analyses, budgeting, internal control, reconciliations, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll management, financial reporting, revenue recognition and individual and corporate taxation. Mr. Osman has served in accounting-related capacities at a spectrum of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including Teligent Inc., the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the World Wildlife Fund and AARP. For the past five years, Mr. Osman has worked as a public accountant at a CPA firm he founded.
Director of Fund Development
Azhar Azeez has a bachelors degree in Finance from Osmania University and a Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and currently is pursuing his PhD in Islamic studies. For over 14 years he worked for major US corporations such as General Electric, American General Life and Capital One. Mr. Azeez currently serves as director of fund division at Islamic Relief USA. A member of the Association of Funding Professionals, Mr. Azeez , oversees 7 Islamic Relief regional offices, creates fund development plans, manages events, mails campaigns, corporate fundraising campaigns, manages FD staff and motivational speakers and community activities. He is also a member of ISNA Executive Council since 2002 and was elected president of ISNA in 2014. A regular speaker and fundraiser for various local, regional and national events, Mr. Azeez has been active in media appearances and interviews for many national television networks and newspapers. Azhar Azeez is the founder of a weekly global email newsletter on issues related to Islam and Muslims, reaching more than 15,000 subscribers weekly. He is the founder and past president of the Islamic Association of Carrollton, TX, and was also a founding member and past president of the Council on American Islamic Relations, Dallas/Fort Worth chapter. He was also the past President of the North Texas Islamic council which represent 35 Islamic Organizations in Dallas/Fort worth area.
Director of Public Affairs
Christina Tobias-Nahi has been working in the international sector for many years. Most recently she ran TechGirls, a summer program of the US State Department and Legacy International to bring emerging female leaders from the Middle East and North Africa to DC for leadership training. Before that she spent three years in International Programs as the Corporate Social Responsibility director for Mead Johnson Nutrition and the Joint Council on International Children’s Services with a portfolio on orphan care and child nutrition. She is returning to Islamic Relief USA where she served from late 2006-2011 as Director of Public Affairs. Christina holds a post graduate certificate in Community-based Development and an M.A. in International Relations from Boston University-Paris and spent two years working in Paris for the OECD. After that she obtained an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and worked at Harvard for nearly a decade with the Islamic Legal Studies Program and the Civil Rights Project. She has published several book chapters on education issues faced by immigrant children living in the US and is also a member of the INEE, the InterAgency Network on Education in Emergencies and has attended their global consultations. She currently serves as an Oxfam Sisters on the Planet Ambassador.
Director of Communications
David is a communications professional with more than 18+ years of experience in advertising, marketing, project management, video production, graphic design, public relations and web design. With a communications degree from George Mason University, he has proven expertise in all aspects of communications, planning, expanding client relationships and revenues. Currently David is the Director of Communications at IRUSA. Skilled in managing projects, budgets, operational plans and structure he leads Islamic Relief USA marketing, public affairs and creative team. He also serves on several boards within the community. Prior to Islamic Relief, David has also worked as an Art Director in New York and Washington D.C , he has worked at top companies such AOL, Booz Allen Hamilton, Ciber Inc, Careerbuilder and 20/20 design. He has taken clients with small budgets and developed programs to raise revenue. He is a proactive manager, team builder and tactical planner with the ability to attract and secure key players in building strong and lasting business relationships. He has been recognized for decisive leadership and proven ability to face challenges head-on and execute sound decisions while directing product launches. Prior to joining IRUSA he created a marketing and design firm, Daze Studios, where he served over 150 clients from small to large firms in over 20 different sectors such as the Fairfax County, Oracle, NASA, GMU and Accenture. In his free time he likes to spend time with his family at baseball games, coach little league football and taking his kids to Costco for pizza.
Director of Programs
Dr. Arif has more than 20 years of experience in the design, implementation and management of complex community development programs aimed at enhancing the economic and social conditions of poor and marginalized communities. Much of his work has focused on monitoring and evaluating community-based programs using participatory and rights-based approaches, including analysis of gender and equity issues. Within his extensive tenure of programmatic work at the leading humanitarian and development organizations including CARE International, Oxfam GB and Concern Worldwide, Dr. Arif also designed multi-disciplinary projects in healthcare, human rights, women’s economic empowerment, rural development, food security, WATSAN etc.—both for community development and humanitarian emergency response.