Meet Our Team

Dr. Abed Ayoub

President & CEO

Dr. Abed Ayoub has decades of experience in the relief sector, most recently as former CEO for Islamic Relief USA. Dr. Ayoub holds a PhD in International Development. In April 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 2 terms. Dr. Ayoub provides advice, analysis, and recommendations to USAID on the most pressing developmental issues in the world today. He has 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. He is a certified Executive Director, certified Master Business Coach, and a certified Professional Coach. In addition, Dr. Ayoub serves on the advisory board of Center on Muslim Philanthropy.

Dr. Muhieldin Salih

Chairman & Treasurer

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. 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.

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.

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.

Executive Team

Dr. Abed Ayoub

President & CEO

Dr. Abed Ayoub has decades of experience in the relief sector, most recently as former CEO for Islamic Relief USA. Dr. Ayoub holds a PhD in International Development. In April 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 2 terms. Dr. Ayoub provides advice, analysis, and recommendations to USAID on the most pressing developmental issues in the world today. He has 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. He is a certified Executive Director, certified Master Business Coach, and a certified Professional Coach. In addition, Dr. Ayoub serves on the advisory board of Center on Muslim Philanthropy.

Mohamed Hussein

Chief Operating Officer

Mohamed Hussein currently serves as the COO, leading the operations of the organization worldwide. Since 2015, he has played a vital role of building the finance and operation teams, modernizing and streamlining of operational systems in both HQ and int’l field offices. As the COO, Mohamed’s management responsibilities include executing operations of the UMR 2018-2023 strategy plan. 

Managers & Strategic Advisors

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.

Jennifer Mudawwar

Operations Manager

Jennifer’s professional experience spans across sectors, having worked at multiple higher-educational institutions and various non-profit organizations. Prior to joining UMR, she was a research assistant at Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she collected and synthesized data for a UN study on persons with disabilities.

Jennifer was also a Field Coordinator for an NGO on Lesvos, Greece, leading and supporting a team of 15 volunteers working in a refugee camp. Her educational background and professional experience working internationally with refugees has launched her interest in international relief and development, eventually bringing her to UMR. She is a passionate humanitarian activist with great hopes of positively impacting as many people as possible.

Jennifer earned her Master’s degree in Global Studies & International Relations from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, focusing her thesis on forced migration in the MENA region, and her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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.

Our Team

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.

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.

Mohannad Jaber

Strategic Partnerships & CSR Specialist

Mohannad Jaber serves as the Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) Specialist and UMR Representative in the United Nations (Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action).

Mohannad is also leading UMR Institute, an initiative built upon four pillars; capacity building, research & development, unique projects, and impact measurement & statistics. He has over 13 years of domestic and international experience in development work including organizing and empowering local communities.

Mohannad completed his masters degree in social work. His subject was “The Role of International Organizations in Building the Capabilities of Domestic Organizations in Jordan.”

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.

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.

International Staff

Wejdan Jarrah

MENA Regional Representative

Wejdan has 13 years of experience in governmental and non-governmental sectors in the Middle East and Africa in sectors of education, psychosocial, community engagement and services, governance, health, social cohesion and peacebuilding, protection, WASH, food security, and livelihood. In addition to the technical experience, she has experience in startup organizations, organizational development, grant management, operations management , fundraising and business development with US and non-US donors. In 2014, she was nominated by UN-OCHA as one of the World Humanitarian heroes for the WHD. By then she started her membership with International Humanitarian Roster of Church of Sweden to contribute to fragile situations worldwide. Moreover, she is known as coach and capacity builder in accountability, CBPS, PSEA Safeguarding, leadership, conflict mitigation, non-violent communication, life skills, SPHERE, Core Humanitarian Standards, and compliance.

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. 

Hakam Madi

Jordan Country Representative

Hakam is responsible for all operations and programs at UMR’s Jordan Office. He has extensive experience in refugee programming in Jordan through his work with the JUHOD organization, managing community-based protection programs and co-charing the Protection Working Group with UNHCR. Hakam’s previous experience also includes working with the King Abdullah II Fund for the Development and Ministry of Interior.

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