Dr. Jihad Qaddour, President / Founder
Dr. Jihad Qaddour received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1990 from Wichita State University and is currently an associate tenured professor at Illinois State University (ISU). Before Joining ISU, he held various positions in management, research, analysis and design, planning and strategic planning, and was a tenured associate professor at Mesa State College. He is the founder of Advanced Global Technology and Wind and Sunergy consulting companies and has more than 18 years of experience in renewable energy and telecommunications. Additionally, Dr. Qaddour is a founding member of the Islamic Society of Wichita in Kansas.
Having spent much of his life in the United States, Dr. Qaddour always felt a desire to give back to his Syrian homeland, a place he has always hoped will become a flourishing, developing country where the needs of the people are being met. When he was contacted by a friend in Homs to assist in providing funds so that people in need could receive desperately needed aid, he saw an opportunity to give back and inspire other Americans to help Syrians in need as well.
Jomana Qaddour, Co-Founder
SRD Co-Founder Jomana Qaddour was born in Syria and raised in Kansas where she graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2009. Jomana is a policy analyst at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom where she focuses on religious freedom in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS). Jomana previously served as a Senior Associate and Project Manager at the conflict analysis firm Caerus Associates. Prior to that she was a Senior Research Assistant and Publications Manager for the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institution.
As a result of her work in conflict resolution, Jomana has been invited to participate on a number of panels, working groups and meetings pertaining to Syria and the region. She has met with UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Jomana has written published pieces on Syria, international trade, civil society and other areas of interest. She has appeared multiple times as a Syria subject-matter specialist on Al Jazeera and was recognized by The Huffington Post as one of the top ten Muslims who save lives.
Dr. Hashem Mubarak
Hashem Mubarak has been practicing Cardiology in Panama City, FL since 1986. He has served as the president of the Bay County Islamic Society (BCIS) and is on the board of Life Management Center. Through his activism, he has helped strengthen interfaith relations between Muslims and people of other faiths in Bay County. He has also worked to increase the political participation of Muslims in Florida and has helped create stronger relations between the Muslim community and local politicians and law enforcement agencies. He regularly appears on radio and television news programs as a spokesperson for the Muslim community in Bay County.
Dr. Mubarak was born in Damascus, Syria in 1955. He graduated with his MD from the University of Damascus in 1978. He moved to the U.S. in 1979 and completed 3 years of Internal Medicine training in Trenton, NJ. He then completed his Cardiology Fellowship at Rutgers University (now called Robertwood Johnson). He currently resides in Panama City, FL with his wife and youngest of six children.
Ahmed Alfraih was born in Syria and completed his education in Wichita, KS. He holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and works as a Senior Engineer with Bombardier Airspace in Wichita.
Ahmed is a member of the APICS and ASQ engineering societies and has also served the Islamic Society of Wichita as a member of the boards of administration, education and trustees. He is married with five children.
Randa Kuziez is founder of Kansas Language Access Project, a small business providing interpreter services for immigrants and refugees. Randa currently works with the Interfaith Youth Core on their campus engagement team, consulting the higher education sector on how to best engage religious diversity. Prior to that, she was a fundraising and programming consultant for several nonprofit organizations and, most notably, volunteered for the Re-Build Joplin Mosque Fundraiser as well as Syria Relief and Development.
Randa served as an inaugural Faiths Act Fellow, one of the Tony Blair Foundation’s most prestigious and intensive interfaith leadership programs, at the Malaria Policy Center in Washington D.C. She was also active in the National Muslim Students’ Association, serving as Treasurer and later Vice President. Randa has led discussions on interfaith activism and religious pluralism in the Middle East and, in February of 2011, she was invited to Geneva as a speaker for the inaugural UN World Interfaith Harmony Week. She has delivered several keynote addresses around the U.S., appeared in various media outlets, as well as published writings on faith and development. She was honored by her university as Woman of the Year, and was chosen by Azizah Magazine as one of their top 30 under 30 leaders. Randa has a Master’s degree in International Relations from Washington University in St. Louis.