Who We Are

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OMAR AZIZI

Founder &

Executive Director

Omar understands the refugee problems from lived experience, and his humanitarian initiatives have been recognized by President Obama. He has extensive experience in business development, program management, and non-profit initiatives focused on refugee resettlement and interfaith dialogue. Omar holds a degree in Business from the University of Southern California.

MEI ZHANG

Product Manager

Mei is a sophomore at USC studying Business, Math, and Media Arts + Practice. Mei is a Stamps Leadership Scholar, National Merit Finalist, and a recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She is passionate about the intersection of digital tools and storytelling to make a social impact and has previously interned at a facial recognition startup in Taiwan. In her free time, she enjoys sewing and altering clothes. 

ERNA REDZEPAGIC

Business Development

Manager

Erna holds a master’s degree in social entrepreneurship from USC and has experience in communications and marketing. Growing up as a refugee in Germany and the Middle East has made her eager to find sustainable solutions for forcibly displaced people in the world today. She is passionate about giving refugees a better way of navigating their difficult journeys and securing a promising future.

 

MARGAUX GJURASIC

Strategy & Performance Manager

Margaux is a senior at USC, double majoring in international relations global business, and public relations. Half French and half American, Margaux has lived around the world growing up between Asia, Europe, and America. Margaux is a Warren Bennis scholar and hopes to continue pushing global cooperation and integration throughout her career.

MAHIRA RAIHAN

UI/UX Manager

Mahira Raihan is an activist and interdisciplinary media artist from New York City. She is a junior at USC studying media arts and computer programming. She is skilled in product design, computer programming, interactive media, and non-profit program development. Her 7+ years of involvement and leadership in grassroots organizing inform her work in using human-centered design and emerging technologies to solve global crises.

JAKE SPIVACK

Digital Content Lead

Jake creates video content and facilitates social media pages for SAFAR. He is a recent graduate of New York University (NYU) where he studied a double major in Film and Psychology. His ultimate objective for SAFAR is to utilize his skills in video production to create and disseminate content that highlights social justice, global change, and personal growth.

ISAAC TAYLOR

Tech Advisor

Isaac holds a bachelor in computer science. He is inspired by creativity and challenges and has chosen to creatively support others through the technical challenges required to improve the world.

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