Meet Our Team
Dr. Abed Ayoub
President & CEO
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 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
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 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 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.
Dr. Abed Ayoub
President & CEO
Dr. Abed Ayoub has decades of experience in the relief sector. Dr. Ayoub holds a PhD in International Development. He is a former CEO for Islamic Relief USA. In 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 two terms. Dr. Ayoub provided advice, analysis, and recommendations to USAID on the most pressing developmental issues in the world today. He 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. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board of the Center on Muslim Philanthropy; as well as a member of the Board of Trustees, and faculty member, of the Nonprofit Management Department at The Islamic Seminary of America in Dallas, TX. He is certified as an Executive Director, Master Business Coach, and Professional Coach. He is also a Certified International Professional Trainer for German Jordanian University (GJU). Finally, he is a lecturer/trainer for Cambridge International College, U.K.
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
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteer Management Coordinator
Connor Paul joins UMR as the Volunteer Management Coordinator with a diverse array of professional and volunteer experiences. After graduating from Wake Forest University in 2017 with a BA in History, he joined an intellectual property law firm in Alexandria, VA. Wanting to more tangibly help the world, he transitioned to the international humanitarian sector, previously serving as the Intern Supervisor at Nonviolence International.
Connor loves working with and helping people. He has served in numerous leadership and volunteer roles seeking to strengthen the bonds of his community with a special focus on education, youth mentorship, special needs advocacy, and sports.
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.
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.”
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.
Donor Relations Management Coordinator
Hasnia is a User Experience Designer who is passionate about empathizing with others, curating experiences and safe spaces that foster a sense of community, emotional intelligence, and positive reinforcement. She enjoys problem-solving and leveraging digital technologies and solutions to enhance user-centered experiences. She graduated from George Mason University with a background in Communications and Public Relations.
MENA Regional Representative
Hussam Joudeh has 14 years of experience working in the medical field and more than 9 years of experience working for INGO’s. Hussam’s medical experience has allowed him the chance to improve healthcare for vulnerable individuals all over the world while working with various nonprofits. More specifically, Hussam is interested in not just providing primary healthcare to patients but in improving the entire healthcare system in low-income communities. His goal is to introduce sustainable healthcare solutions that will improve the overall quality of life in these low-income areas.
Throughout his professional career, Hussam has worked for the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), and Doctors Without Borders. He has a degree in Global Challenge and Leadership from Jordan University as well as a degree in Public Health and Management from the Swiss Tropical Public Health Institute.
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
Program Manager, East Africa
Caleb Ouma has over 10 years of professional experience, 9 years of which have been at the project/programme management level. He has played a leading role in the implementation of key processes that produced operating government and regional partnership instruments and programs. In 2012 while working for Fafi Integrated Development Association (FaIDA), Caleb was part of a team that designed a USAID-funded WASH project in Kambioos. In 2016, he joined Muslim Aid, a UK-based international humanitarian and development organization as the Programme Officer for a Kenyan program where he designed a primary healthcare project to address the healthcare challenges in Wajir County. The project was later adopted and taken up by County Government of Wajir.
Before joining UMR, Caleb was working with FaIDA as a Project Coordinator and Team Leader for the World Bank Funded Kenya Development Response to Displacement Impact Project (KDRDIP). KDRDIP is a 5-year project that seeks to address the Socio-economic and environmental challenges caused by years of hosting refugees in Northeastern Kenya.