Chief Executive Officer
Anwar Khan is one of the original co-founders of Islamic Relief USA and has more than twenty years of experience working in the field of humanitarian and development assistance. Mr. Khan was born in Pakistan and grew up in England. He earned a degree in biochemistry in 1993, and began working with Islamic Relief Worldwide. He then moved to the United States in 1994 and co-founded IRUSA. Since then, he has aided in the organization’s expansion, helping start up offices in the Los Angeles and Dallas areas.
Mr. Khan has extensive experience in the field: he has traveled to conflict and disaster zones including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechnya, Gaza, Darfur, Haiti, Pakistan and Syria. He has also traveled for development work in Africa and South Asia, visiting locations including Timbuktu. In the United States, he helped set up an extensive volunteer network that now consists of several thousand people.
On behalf of IRUSA, Mr. Khan has been appointed to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA). Along with other leaders in the international development field, Mr. Khan provides advice, analysis and recommendations to USAID on the most pressing development issues in the world today. He is also serving on the U.S. State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group, where he advises on humanitarian issues and the intersection of faith and development.
Before becoming CEO, Mr. Khan held a variety of leadership roles at Islamic Relief USA, directing Islamic Relief USA’s program efforts, managing its fundraising offices, operations, and overseeing its fund development work.
Tareq Osman, a Certified Public Accountant, serves as Controller for Islamic Relief USA. Mr. Osman has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of accounting specialties, including account analyses, budgeting, internal control, reconciliations, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll management, financial reporting, revenue recognition and individual and corporate taxation.
Mr. Osman has served in accounting-related capacities at a spectrum of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including Teligent Inc., the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the World Wildlife Fund and AARP. For the past five years, Mr. Osman has worked as a public accountant at a CPA firm he founded.
Director of Fund Development
Azhar Azeez has a bachelors degree in Finance from Osmania University and a Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and currently is pursuing his PhD in Islamic studies. For over 14 years he worked for major US corporations such as General Electric, American General Life and Capital One.
Mr. Azeez currently serves as director of fund division at Islamic Relief USA. At IRUSA, he oversees 6 Islamic Relief regional offices, creates fund development plans, manages events, mails campaigns, corporate fundraising campaigns, manages FD staff and motivational speakers and community activities.
He is also a member of ISNA Executive Council since 2002 and was elected as the vice president of ISNA in 2010. He currently heads as the President of the North Texas Islamic council which represent 35 Islamic Organizations in Dallas/Fort worth area.
A regular speaker and fundraiser for various local, regional and national events, Mr. Azeez has been active in media appearances and interviews for many national television networks and newspapers. He is the founder and moderator of a weekly global email newsletter on issues related to Islam and Muslims, reaching more than 15,000 subscribers weekly. Mr. Azeez is also a member of the Association of Funding Professionals. He is the founder and current president of the Islamic Association of Carrollton, TX, and was also a founding member and past president of the Council on American Islamic Relations, Dallas/Fort Worth chapter.
Director of Communications
Mr. Hawa is a communications professional with more than 18+ years of experience in advertising, marketing, project management, video production, graphic design public relations and web design. With a communications degree from George Mason University Mr. Hawa has proven expertise in all aspects of communications, planning, expanding client relationships and revenues.
Currently Mr. Hawa is the Director of Communications at IRUSA. Skilled in managing projects, budgets, operational plans and structure he leads Islamic Relief USA marketing, public affairs and creative team. He also serves on several boards within the community.
Prior to Islamic Relief, Mr. Hawa has also worked as an Art Director in New York and Washington D.C , he has worked at top companies such AOL, Booz Allen Hamilton, Ciber Inc, Career Builder and 20/20 design. He has taken clients with small budgets and developed programs to raise revenue. He is a proactive manager, team builder and tactical planner with the ability to attract and secure key players in building strong and lasting business relationships. He has been recognized for decisive leadership and proven ability to face challenges head-on and execute sound decisions while directing product launches.
Prior to joining IRUSA Mr. Hawa created a marketing and design firm, Daze Studios, where he served over 150 clients from small to large firms in over 20 different sectors such as the Fairfax County, Oracle, NASA, GMU and Accenture. In his free time he likes to spend time with his family at baseball games, coach little league football and taking his kids to Costco for pizza.