Our Mission

To help expand educational opportunities for
children in socioeconomically stressed demographics.

United We REACH (UWR) is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for children in stressed socioeconomic demographics. In Pakistan, UWR is utilizing technology to create and deliver fully scripted lesson plans to students.  In Africa, UWR provides scholarships to 11k+ children through Bridge International Academies.

At UWR, we believe education is a human right.  Accordingly, we aim to bring an unrivaled education to as many students as possible. We believe that harvesting the awesome power of technology to shape, construct, and deliver a first-rate education is the only way to scale this endeavor to as many students as possible.  UWR analyses a variety of student-centric data collected through digital labs, which are installed in each and every one of its schools.  Using Big Data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies developed in-house in Lahore, Pakistan, UWR then uses this information to optimize its education, delivery, and assessment tools to benefit each and every child.  At its core, UWR aims to promote educational equality through Equity Literacy.  The UWR curriculum is based on the Punjab Curriculum, supplemented with pedagogics of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).  At UWR we promote comprehensive learning and purposefully encourage an entrepreneurial mindset in pre-k through 12th grade.  We want to create an empowered generation, who will be the job creators of tomorrow.

 

Team @unitedwereach

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Sabahat Rafiq

Executive Director

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Sabahat Rafiq started her career as a consultant and coordinator for USAID and Arthur D. Little. She subsequently joined an international Islamic banking group and spent the next few years focusing on Sharia compliant Investment Banking. Upon coming to the US in 1995, she founded a successful textile-trading house in Oregon. She later moved to California, and re-focused her energies on her core expertise in the Finance industry. She was a consultant to reputable Middle-Eastern financial institutions and Pakistani Islamic banks. In addition, she has an avid interest in history, politics and philosophy and is a consummate reader and enthused analyst. She delivers talks about education, South-Asian affairs and history and philosophical discourse therein at various universities and forums. She also serves on the President’s Council of United Religions Initiative (URI).

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Waqar Khan

Goodwill Ambassador

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Mediaman Waqar Khan is best known as the producer, director and anchor of “Safeer-e Pakistan”, a 48 minutes show that has aired for the last 9 years from GEO TV on Saturday mornings at 9am and Sundays evenings at 10pm. For 9th consecutive years, Waqar Khan has successfully organized the prestigious Award and Gala Nights for GEO, an event that honors achievers and entertainers. Every year, Safeer e Pakistan holds a tradition by hosting the annual award night in different cities of United States to recognize those who are high achievers in their fields and have made a difference in their communities.

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Navid Jafari

Marketing

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Navid has more than 14 years of marketing and communication experience.  He utilizes cutting-edge technologies, analytics, and a thorough understanding of the market to plan and execute cost-effective and laser-focused strategic marketing plans.  Until recently, he led the marketing efforts at PeerNova.  Prior to joining PeerNova, Navid served as the Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy at SemiEngineering.  Prior to that, Navid led as the Global Director of Marketing at Open-Silicon – managing all marketing, branding, and communications plans globally.  Navid also managed a full-service, boutique marketing and design agency in Silicon Valley – mostly consulting with healthcare, technology, and semiconductor companies.

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Omair M. Farooqui

Legal

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Omair Farooqui is a business attorney specializing in Intellectual Property, corporate law, and civil litigation. Mr. Farooqui’s Intellectual Property experience includes patent litigation in various technologies. Mr. Farooqui also has extensive experience in trademark prosecution, counseling and litigation, as well as copyright and trade secret counseling and litigation.  Mr. Farooqui also has significant experience working with nonprofit organizations with regards to inception, governance, and finance. Mr. Farooqui’s civil litigation experience includes commercial and business litigation disputes and personal injury litigation. Omair holds J.D. From University of the Pacific, Mc George School of Law, and B.S., (Biology) from University of California, Riverside.

Our Impact

39,000+

Scholarship applications received

11,000+

Students Supported

500+

Schools Supported

300+

Orphans Supported

Our Board

Sabahat Rafiq

Chairperson

Sabahat Rafiq started her career as a consultant and coordinator for USAID and Arthur D. Little. She subsequently joined an international Islamic banking group and spent the next few years focusing on Sharia compliant Investment Banking. Upon coming to the US in 1995, she founded a successful textile-trading house in Oregon. She later moved to California, and re-focused her energies on her core expertise in the Finance industry. She was a consultant to reputable Middle-Eastern financial institutions and Pakistani Islamic banks. In addition, she has an avid interest in history, politics and philosophy and is a consummate reader and enthused analyst. She delivers talks about education, South-Asian affairs and history and philosophical discourse therein at various universities and forums. She also serves on the President’s Council of United Religions Initiative (URI).

Ashar Aziz

Member

Ashar founded FireEye in 2004, and has since served in various roles within the company, including Chief Executive Officer, Vice Chairman of the Board, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Strategy Officer. Before founding FireEye, Ashar founded Terraspring, Inc., a data center automation and virtualization company acquired by Sun Microsystems, Inc., in November 2002. He served as Chief Technology Officer of its N1 program until October 2003. Before Terraspring, Inc., He was an engineer for Sun Microsystems, where for 12 years he worked on networking and network security. Ashar holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he received the U.C. Regents Fellowship.

Mohamed Amersi

Member

Mr. Amersi is currently the Senior Advisor, Telia Sonera Group; Member of the Board, Telia Sonera Asia Holdings, Spice Nepal, Appliphone and CATD; Member of the Board, Timeturn Holdings; Member of the Boards of Warid Telecommunications & Wateen Communications; Member of the Board, Gramercy Communications Partners; Member of the Board, Visor Capital (Middle-East); Chairman of the Board, Mi-Fone.

Abbas Moloo

Member

Abbas Moloo is a financial professional, specializing in providing retirement plans and services. His speciality includes 401(k) , 403(b) , 457 plans and IRAs. He is a Certified Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS) and works at Mutual of America. He received his Bachelors degree in Risk Management and Insurance at the Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Moloo also has a passion for making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. He is the founder of Help Aid Africa, a non profit charitable organization which provides opportunities, affordable and available healthcare, and humanitarian services to those in need in East Africa.

Steve Hayden

Member

Steve Hayden is a well renowned educator, who has a long and distinguish career in education.  He has served as head of Almaden County Schools for 11 years.  Steve started his career as a law clerk in 4th District Court in Utah County.  He has B.A., English and J.D., Law both from Young Brigham University.

Asif Sana

Member

Asif R Sana is a Private Equity Advisor, investor, entrepreneur, senior banker and a philanthropist. Currently, he is also an independent member of the Board of Directors of Askari Bank, Chairman of the Bank’s Board Audit committee and member of Board Risk management committee. He was part of the core team managing the former Union Bank of Pakistan as the second-in-command Senior Executive Vice President and elected executive director of the board of directors.

Tahir Javed

Member

Muhammad Tahir Javed originally established his reputation as the founder and president of Starco Impex Inc. a wholesale & distribution company and one of the biggest suppliers of FMCG to convenience stores and later explored in different ventures. Till date Muhammad Tahir Javed owns around 27 companies, 35 brands and the numbers just keeps growing every year.

Pakistan Board

Naveed Sherwani

Vice Chairman

Dr. Naveed Sherwani is the Vice Chairman at UWR. He’s practically spearheaded all organizational operations of the foundation locally. With over 35 years of experience in entrepreneurship, technical engineering and general management in the Silicon Valley, Dr. Sherwani is a man of many talents. He founded his first company when he was only 18 years old. Since then he’s founded & co-founded many more including PeerNova, Open-Silicon and Intel Microelectronics to name a few.

Saeeda Baig

Secretary

Professor Dr. Saeeda Baig is the Head of Department of Biochemistry at Ziauddin College of Medicine, Karachi. She’s been associated with teaching in the medical college for 16 years. Her overall research experience is 25 years with 63 national and international research publications to her credit. She’s also been working as an editor for the past 19 years for Journal of College of Physicians and Surgeons and 5 years for Pakistan Journal Medicine & Dentistry. For the past 10 years, she’s been working with the Karachi Welfare Organization.

Syed Riffat Hussain

General Secretary

Dr. Syed Riffat Hussain is the General Secretary of UWR. A celebrated television & radio personality, Riffat served as a professor at the Quaid-e-Azam University for over 36 years. He specializes in defense & strategic studies, international relations, foreign policy, political science and international security. He holds a PhD in International Studies from University of Denver, Colorado. His keen take on international relations and foreign policy has been featured in renowned national and international publications.

Rashid Sherwani

Finance Secretary

Rashid Sherwani is Finance Secretary at UWR and chairs the organisation’s Technology Advisory Board. He has over 35 years of experience in information technology, engineering, management and entrepreneurship. After his first venture at the age of 18, Rashid has founded several technology based companies. Currently he is partner at the leading telematics and fleet management company in Pakistan, Tracking World, which under his technical leadership, has successfully introduced several world class telematics solutions in the industry.

Huma Maqsood

Secretary Public Relations

Huma Maqsood serves as the Secretary Public Relations at UWR and is the brains behind the entire PR and media relations strategy of the foundation. As a singularly talented individual, she’s been masterfully managing several projects side by side. Currently, she serves as the Director at both Franklin Covey Pakistan as well as Ignite. She’s also been the Managing Partner at IRIS Communications for over 16 years.

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