After building a successful technical staffing company Eli now devotes herself to international development work. She focuses on helping non-profit organizations transition from donor-based dependency to self-sustainable entities. On the other side of the spectrum, Eli guides philanthropists on how to create a strong legacy of social good by addressing current and pressing global humanitarian needs.

At 40 days old, against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion, Eli & her family fled Kabul. Today, as an Afghan-American Muslim female entrepreneur, Eli is a champion for women's rights, supporting various women's self-sufficiency programs. Eli is a co-mentor for Project Artemis (via Thunderbird School of Global Management), where she works alongside Afghan women entrepreneurs and their respective American mentors to build, manage & expand women-owned businesses within the private sector in Afghanistan. 

Eli spearheaded & helped fundraise numerous mission trips to Haiti. She successfully ran a hygiene program to include STD & cholera prevention for women and girls in post-earthquake shelters. In collaboration with non-profit, Children of War Foundation, Eli co-led a medical mission where their doctors operated on children with life-threatening deformities. She also regularly escorts and hosts Afghan children amputees during their prosthetic treatments in the US. In addition, in Kenya, Eli launched a sustainable social enterprise project where she trained local women into entrepreneurship. She also helped fund and led a successful sewage drainage project in Nairobi’s harshest slum, effecting 6,000 lives.  Eli’s technical background, Global M.B.A. & travel experience to 40 countries, have positioned her to offer high-impact solutions, in lieu of “handouts”. She has found the greater impact lies in fostering autonomous & sustainable results for the beneficiary, while building a strong legacy of social good for the philanthropist.

 Areas of Expertise:

  • Afghanistan
  • Muslim Women
  • Afghan Women
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Philanthropy
  • Humanitarian
  • Women Empowerment
  • Women in Business
  • Children of War
  • Disabled Children
  • Demining/Mine Clearance 
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