Global Needs Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to end extreme poverty in the world. We believe that education is key to empowering the poor around the world and to eradicate poverty at its roots.


You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi


  • Teach communities on how to better farm their land to increase crops and become food secure
  • Improve access to water by building wells and providing water purification tools
  • Empower women and make them full members of society
  • Respond to emergencies and humanitarian crises
  • Improve sanitation and healthcare access
  • Improve access to medical and dental care


Mohamed Ahmed Alsherif co-founded the Global Needs Foundation in 2016. Mohamed has a long history of relief work and community building. Along with serving as Director of the Global Needs Foundation, he also serves as the Director of Education and Development for the Ihsan Foundation for West Africa, a U.S.-based education & relief organization conducting educational, health and humanitarian projects in West Africa. Before his move to the U.S., he was Imam of two mega-mosques in Giza, a large working-class district in Cairo, Egypt. There he ran an organization that served the poor and worked in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization to fight polio, eventually becoming a major leader in the polio vaccine campaign across the country.

A serial entrepreneur, Mohamed co-founded the Avicenna Center for Pursuing Peace, a startup based in Washington D.C. and Paris, France. From 2010-2013, he served as Director and Imam of the Islamic Center of Nashville, where he spearheaded several interfaith initiatives across the city including with members of the Tennessee legislature, Governor Bill Haslam, the Methodist Church and the Southern Baptist Convention. His dedication to inter-faith dialogue led him to organize a meeting on behalf of Al-Azhar University between Muslim scholars and Danish community members after the Danish cartoons controversy of 2005. Mohamed regularly visits Muslim communities across the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East giving lectures and conducting interfaith programs.

He received his higher education from Al-Azhar University where he studied traditional Islamic law and sciences under scholars such as Grand Mufti of Egypt. He has also attended Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School, Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding interfaith summer institute, Harvard University’s School of Law and Divinity and Durham University’s Islamic Finance summer intensive program. His commitment to traditional Islamic scholarship has also led him to work on a number of rare Arabic manuscripts with scholars such as Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. Mohamed holds traditional licenses in Islamic law, Qur’an, and Hadith (Al-Bukhari and Muslim, as well as the six books of Hadith) and has been a Hafiz al-Qur’an (memorized the entire Qur’an) since the age of ten.



Dr. Safi Kaskas

He is a co-founder of East West University in Chicago, Illinois, and currently serves on the university’s Board of Directors. He also founded the company, Strategic Edge Management Consultants, which primarily worked with clients in the healthcare industry. Dr. Kaskas has studied Abrahamic religions and lectured throughout the U. S. on subjects related to Islam. He is currently working with a group of evangelical leaders to produce a translation of the Qur’an with cross-references to the Old and New Testaments. He was also the founder of The New Orleans Islamic Center.


Farooq Cheema

He is the founder and CEO of Study Sparkz, a company that employs over 200 tutors in five states. He earned his undergraduate degree from Purdue University in Electrical Engineering, and his graduate degree from the University of Maryland. He holds four patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He currently serves as the Executive-on-Loan for the National Council for International Visitors, a 50 year old non-profit assisting the State Department with international visitors to the U.S. He lives in Fairfax County with his wife and five children.


Mohamad Nasir – Volunteer Board Member

He has a background in finance and Islamic investments and serves as the President of American Islamic Economic & Finance Institute. He also works as General Manager at Allied Asset Advisors (AAA), an investment advisory firm. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Engineering from Temple University in Philadelphia and a graduate degree in Business from Western Governors University.

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