About Us

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n 2008 a group of students from the University of Houston founded Amaanah to address the unmet needs of the refugee population in Houston. Amaanah’s early days began by distributing food, clothes and funds. 

Fast forward to more than a decade later the business model now has changed to a solution-based organization. Amaanah provides community programs to provide the opportunity to access to social and economic equity to vulnerable populations such as refugees, asylum seekers, or other forced migrants. 

Amaanah strives to provide holistic services to beneficiaries through community programs that are established. Join us on our journey to help one individual at a time. 

LEADERSHIP

JIDA NABULSI

CEO

Jida joins with over a decade of strategic marketing experience in the oil and gas industry, most recently as a Senior Analyst at Exterran in Houston. There, she was forecasting trends, managing budgetary tasks, and spearheading company-wide goals and initiatives. Jida has a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from the University of St. Thomas and is certified in marketing strategy from Cornell University. She is currently pursuing an MBA from Texas A&M University.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SABA AHMED
SABA AHMEDCHAIRMAN
Dr. Saba Ahmed graduated from The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School. She currently has a private practice called Village Park Family Dental and Orthodontics. Dr. Ahmed is an active member of several accredited organizations. In addition to community work with Amaanah, she is actively involved with Shifa Clinic.
ROGER YELTON
ROGER YELTONBOARD MEMBER
​Roger Yelton is a 30-year veteran of the Oil & Gas industry. He has spent most of his career at Weatherford International where he is now serving as the US Director of Quality, Health​, ​Safety & Environment. Roger holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management from Southwest Texas State University.​​

OMAR ZAKARIA
OMAR ZAKARIATREASURER
Omar Zakaria is a Research Analyst for a financial services company covering the energy industry. Prior to this role, Omar held a variety of roles in energy and finance. A native Houstonian, Omar holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston and an MBA from Rice University.

NAZIF SHARIQUE
NAZIF SHARIQUEBOARD MEMBER
A Certified Public Accountant by trade, Nazif has been an active volunteer with Amaanah since its early days. Nazif received his Bachelor’s of Accounting and Economics from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He has over 14 years of experience in public accounting, business development, and consulting services. Currently, Nazif serves as a partner at RSM.
ABID YOUSUF
ABID YOUSUFBOARD MEMBER
​Abid Yousuf is an entrepreneur and a supply chain management professional. He is the co-founder of a growing technology firm, Terra Firma Logistics, that provides logistics solutions for the energy industry. Abid holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.​