Our Mission

To help expand educational opportunities for
children in socio-economically stressed demographics.

United We REACH (UWR) is a nonprofit global organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for children in stressed socio-economically 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.  As such, 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.

In Pakistan, we partner with Forman Christian College under the guidance of Vice Rector Dr. Cursow Dubash to provide oversight for ensuring compliance and adherence to Punjab Curriculum.

Since inauguration in March 2017, we have now adopted the creative learning school at NUST (Islamabad), Sharaf-u-Din Goheir Public Girls High School (Sheikupura), Light of Hope School at FC College (Lahore), Gulistan Public School (Lahore), and Amal School (Lahore).

Our Team

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Sabahat Rafiq

Executive Director

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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Omair M. Farooqui

Legal

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’s corporate experience includes representing numerous privately held technology companies in matters involving all phases of the business and product life-cycles including inception, emergence, growth, and maturity. 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.

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Navid Jafari

Global Director of Marcom

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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Shiva Natarajan

Finance

Shiva is a senior finance professional with extensive industry and public accounting experience. Most recently he has held various finance and accounting roles at various technology companies. He currently serves as Vice President at A10 Networks, Inc. Prior to that he was Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at Fluidigm Corp. and served as Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, Corporate Controller and interim CFO at Applied Micro Circuits. He has held various assignments of increasing responsibility at Open-Silicon, Silicon Image, Ernst & Young, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Shiva is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Accountant and holds a B.S. from the University of Calcutta.

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

Founder, CTO of FireEye

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.

Shiva Natarajan

VP & CAO, Fluidigm Corporation

Shiva has a long history with both CFO and Controller experience that excels at critical problem solving, bottom line results and ability to break down complex issues and derive simplistic solutions. He currently serves as Vice President and Chief accounting officer at Fluidigm Corp. Prior to this assignment, he served as Vice President, Corporate Controller, Interim CFO of AMCC, for eight years. In the past he has help various assignments of increasing responsibility at Open-Silicon, Silicon Image, Ernst & Young, and PwC. Shiva has a B.S. from the University of Calcutta.

Abbas Moloo

Vice President at Mutual of America

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

Director of Apple University

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.

Nan Hunter

Founder of Almaden Country School

Mrs. Hunter has a long and distinguish career in education. Mrs. Hunter recognized over three decades ago that the most effective teachers target instruction according to the developmental needs of their students — that the ideal instructional model would deepen learning, rather than simply try to accelerate it using rote memorization and extrinsic rewards. Mrs. Nan Hunter, established Almaden Country School in 1982 to provide a student-centered, whole-child educational program where teachers designed lessons based on the needs, interests and talents of the children, rather than expecting every child to learn from the same curriculum.

Mohamed Amersi

CEO, Emergent Telecom Ventures

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.