Islamic Relief USA Appoints Ahmed Shehata as Chief Executive Officer


ALEXANDRIA, Va –  Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a nonprofit humanitarian and advocacy organization that works in nearly 50 countries around the world, announces the appointment of Ahmed Shehata as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Shehata succeeds interim CEO Araif Yusuff, who’ll return as the organization’s Director of Programs.

Prior to this role, Mr. Shehata served as IRUSA’s Director of Fund Development where helped stimulate unprecedented growth in revenue, donor base, and programmatic impact. Ahmed spearheaded innovative fund development initiatives and campaigns which helped IRUSA surpass $135 million in annual fundraising revenue in 2022, doubling its growth in the span of five years.

“I am honored to take over the helm of such a venerable organization like Islamic Relief USA. I am proud of all we have accomplished in the past 30 years this organization has been in existence,” Mr. Shehata said. “I look forward to continuing this level of excellence and commitment to helping and empowering people around the world, in countries that often suffer from underinvestment and lack of support. Islamic Relief USA must continue to support these populations and encourage the world community through advocacy, programming, and engagement. Together, with my esteemed brothers and sisters, and, of course, the invaluable and selfless supporters who have contributed so generously over the years, am optimistic that we can continue to achieve our mission around the globe of providing relief and development to communities in need.”

Mr. Shehata joined Islamic Relief USA in 2004 as a development coordinator in the organization’s Midwest office in Chicago. In 2008, he was promoted to Midwest Regional Manager. He was later named Community Relations Manager, based out of IRUSA’s main headquarters in the D.C. area.

In 2018, Mr. Shehata was named Director of Fund Development, where he helped lead the organization’s unprecedented growth in financial contributions, enabling IRUSA to expand its projects and programs portfolio.




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Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to provide relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. Its programs benefit millions of people each year in more than 40 countries around the world, including in the United States.

Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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