Our Team

Our team and board members are comprised of former refugees and immigrants. We work hard to ensure our vision and process are centered around the voices and needs of vulnerable people and refugees.



Atif Javed

Executive Director

Atif served as an interpreter for his own refugee and immigrant family. He graduated from MIT during the height of the Syrian refugee crisis. When the travel ban was announced, he left his job as a Product Manager to launch Tarjimly to help thousands of refugees and humanitarian workers overcome language barriers. He was awarded Forbes 30 Under 30, SVBJ’s 40 Under 40, the Echoing Green Fellowship, the MIT Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award, and was featured in Forbes and TechCrunch after launching Tarjimly with Y Combinator.


Aziz Alghunaim

Chief Technology Officer

Aziz leads Tarjimly’s product development leveraging the latest technologies in communication and machine learning to increase the efficiency of humanitarian services and global volunteering. Previously, he worked as a Software Engineer for Palantir Technologies in Silicon Valley enabling data-driven decision making in finance, aircraft manufacturing, and oil & gas. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science from MIT, with a focus on Machine Learning. He is a Y Combinator Alum, Echoing Green fellow, and a Forbes 30 Under 30 awardee for Social Entrepreneurship.


Sara Haj-Hassan

Partnerships Manager

Sara leads the development of partnerships with organizations that can benefit from or contribute to Tarjimly's services. She has experience working with immigrant and refugee populations both nationally and internationally, and has seen firsthand the negative effects of language barriers on access to services. She received her MSW from UC Berkeley, and believes in the importance of relationship-building in creating long-lasting partnerships to achieve shared goals.


Muzammil Patel

Head of Customer Experience

Muzammil manages user experience at Tarjimly, ensuring a meaningful and secure experience for our community - refugees, translators and aid workers alike. He has experience in designing financial products in banking and mentoring underprivileged children in NGOs in Pakistan. He also has a passion for language and poetry and can speak English, Urdu, Gujarati and Persian.


Uzma Saeed

Head of PR

Uzma's expertise and passion is in storytelling. At Tarjimly, she's responsible for developing and managing communications about our products, community stories, partnerships, and the organization's humanitarian efforts. She's a seasoned PR professional who is constantly plugged into news cycles, and her speciality is in developing brand narratives, media engagement, social media strategy, and managing community outreach. She currently works at Facebook and previously spent five years helping both established companies and early stage startups with PR.


Abdulrahman Alfozan

Lead Systems Engineer

Abdul is an MIT graduate in Computer Science and systems engineer at Facebook who built Tarjimly’s infrastructure and manages Tarjimly’s software services. Abdul built Tarjimly’s first calling service.


Saud Al-Saif

Data Scientist

Saud has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and currently works in the self-driving car industry. He leads data science efforts to improve the systems and algorithms that deploy thousands of volunteers remotely every week. Saud built Tarjimly's first machine learning algorithm.


Abubakar Abid

Board Member

Abubakar serves as Tarjimly’s President overseeing strategic direction as a nonprofit. He is a PhD candidate and Soros Fellow at Stanford university with a focus in machine learning. He is published in Nature and worked on Tarjimly’s first matching algorithm.


Yamen Al-Hajjar

Board Member

Yamen is a partner at Olive Tree Capital that was instrumental in Tarjimly’s founding and research. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and worked with the BMG Foundation for 10 years.