Board of Directors

Dr. Amjad Saquib ~ Founder, Akhuwat Pakistan

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AKHUWAT’s universal vision is to rise above living a self-centric life. AKHUWAT’s core message is living a life full of love and service to others. To end pain and suffering around the world, caused by poverty demands that we share part of our blessings with others and take on some of their pains as ours.

 

A life of service to humanity should be based on the principle of inclusivity so that we rise above our personal faith, country, race, sect, etc. AKHUWAT’s mission is to promote universal love and belief in the ideology of ONENESS, we are all one and THE ONE is in all of us.

Azhar Hameed ~ President Akhuwat USA

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In 2020 , we were extremely delighted to receive such an encouraging response from Pakistani Americans and their support for initiatives like interest-free micro finance.

However, In 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic brought the entire world to a stand still.

 

In these testing times, generous people from across the world came together to help those in need. Their generosity in the form of time and money has created a great impact in the lives of many people and reinforced the concept of brotherhood. 
 
Your generosity has made a remarkable impact in the lives of these people and we truly value your support. I would like to thank all of our donors for their continued support for Akhuwat's mission and hope that you will continue playing your role in creating a better world for all.

 

Asim Ashrey ~ Director
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Mr. Ashary is a California-based founder and operator of several healthcare services companies in the US healthcare arena. His current holdings include VerifPoint, a leading Credentials Verification (CVO) and Manhattan Data, an international outsourcing organization with offices in the US, Philippines, and Pakistan, as well as Pakistan’s first and leading TPA, Health-eConnex, a healthcare cost containment and employee benefit management company.

 
Previously in 1999, Mr. Ashary co-founded ppoNext, a private equity-funded platform to roll up the fragmented PPO and HMO industry in US. After several large and small acquisitions and integrations of regional PPOs and HMOs, ppoNext had a successful exit in 2004.


Prior to ppoNext, Mr. Ashary has held senior executive positions with BPS Healthcare (a joint venture of Aetna and New York Life), St. Joseph Health, Equicore Health Plans, Cigna Health Plans, and Maxicare Health Plans. Mr. Ashary has served on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards and is an active member of his community. He has an MBA degree from Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Pakistan and has passed his CPA from California Board.  

Yuman Pirzada ~ Director
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Mr. Pirzada was appointed as a Director in January 2020.  He works for Ventura Foods, a leading national manufacturer and supplier of branded and private label vegetable oil based products for the Foodservice and Retail industries.  

 

During his tenure with Ventura, Mr. Pirzada has held a number of leadership roles, including Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller.  Mr. Pirzada began his career with Touche Ross & Co., shortly before its merger with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells.  

 

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of California Agribusiness Credit Union.  Mr. Pirzada earned an M.B.A from California State University and a B.S. in Accountancy from Woodbury University.  He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed to practice in the State of California

Nomaan Aleem Mufti ~ Volunteer, Dallas
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An academic and a professional engineer in the fields of mobile telecommunications, computer sciences and electromagnetics. Nomaan has an exceptional drive to serve the country of his birth, Pakistan, for the growth of its economy and for helping people to stand on their feet.

 

He has also founded the non-profit Industrial Partnership Projects to support poor students to start manufacturing related businesses in Pakistan. Nomaan is currently working with T-Mobile, Inc, USA, as Principal Engineer.

 

He began his career as a lecturer in 1990 at the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore. He still teaches as Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas and Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas

Rehan Masood ~ Volunteer, New York
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Rehan is the Director of Health Services at South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS), where he oversees the healthcare access and enrollment programs. During his time at SACSS, Rehan has seen the successful implementation of Affordable Care Act, NYC Care and more recently the COVID-19 test and trace and Vaccine distribution programs, from ground-up and the immigrant community's experiences accessing these programs.

Rehan started his career as a Program Manager with Akhuwat, the world's largest interest free Microfinance non profit organization. His time at Akhuwat, and then with SACSS has exposed him to the numerous financial and social challenges experienced by low-income rural and urban families that are trying to build social and economical capital, and instilled in him a drive to work with underserved groups.

 

He is a staunch advocate for immigrant rights and the underserved communities; representing the diaspora at hearings in New York City Council, and advocating at the State and Federal levels. He has been invited to many Panel discussions and as a Keynote speaker to talk about access to healthcare for the underserved communities.

 

He received the New York City ChangeMakers Award in 2019 and most recently he was recognized by the Borough President of Queens for his services during the Pandemic. 

 

Zahida Toufiq ~ Volunteer, Dallas
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Mrs. Zahida Toufiq Ahmed resides in Dallas, Texas and has professional work experience in the retail space of diamonds.  Outside of that she is the founder of  Maas World a non profit organization to support the local community and internationally.


In addition, Zahida Ahmed has 11 years of experience working with local, regional and global community services, committees, foundations and organizations in an effort to promote their mission statement and meet objectives. Zahida’s personal goal is to continue her commitment to this altruistic cause.

 

Shahid Jamil ~ Volunteer, Maryland
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Mr. Jamil resides in Maryland and is the president of an Import, Export and Sourcing company, a global import/export business for over 40 years. His experience in business dates back to when he was 17 in the manufacturing and export business. Mr. Shahid Jamil regularly consults for and advises local area businesses and startups on improving business processes and driving technological changes. 

In addition, he is deeply involved with many of the greater Maryland area Islamic centers as a former board member and weekend school administrator. Mr Shahid Jamil promotes educational and youth programs at the masjid to increase youth attendance and encourage youth empowerment. 

 

Customer Support & Operations

Neelam Naseer ~ Head of Akhuwat USA Operations
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Neelam has been an integral part of Akhuwat USA technology, social media management and customer support.

 

As head of Akhuwat USA operations, Neelam looks after implementation of key strategic programs that Akhuwat USA runs across the year in raising funds for Pakistan.