Founding Members

Anila Ali is an educator, author of an interfaith children's book, and an advocate for human rights. Ali moved to the USA in 1996 and worked with the Irvine community. She believes in integration and civic engagement. Her resolve led to the creation of IPPA, a non-profit, that raises money for Irvine schools and is a founder of the American Muslim Women's Empowerment Council. Her endeavors to build bridges across communities led her to run for public office, the State Assembly. CALPAK is the result of Anila's hardwork and her dedication to children's education.

SAIMA QASIM

CALPAK Co-Founder/Board Member

ANILA ALI

Fariha Khan is a Counselor with a broad experience of working in Dubai and the United Kingdom. Fariha is also the Co-Founder of CALPAK Education Services. Fariha is an expert in Childhood Education and Curriculum planning from London Montessori. She currently provides mental health assessments, counselling and psychotherapy to children with a wide range of mental challenges. Fariha works with schools to promote awareness in crucial areas. She has authored many articles on children and teenage problems. Her publications publications included her weekly column ‘You and Your Child’ in the National Daily, Saudi Gazette. She is a registered member of the British Association of counselors and Psychotherapists and Emirates Society of Mental Health. She was a speaker at the first international congress of the World Association for Psycho-social rehabilitation (WARP 2017). Fariha is deeply committed to children's causes and lends her expertise with curriculum planning at our adopted school

CALPAK Chair/Founder

FARIHA KHAN

CALPAK Co-Founder/Board Member

Saima Qasim is the Director of Products and Operations at Pulse8, a leading Healthcare Analytics Company. Saima is also the Co-Founder of CALPAK Education Services. She has vast experience in Healthcare solutions and has worked on implementing systems for government programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Affordable Care Act. She was instrumental in implementing the Health Information Exchange Platform in the State of Massachusetts while employed with the Commonwealth's Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Saima was the first woman in her family to venture abroad for higher education and break the glass ceiling. She fought for equal opportunity for herself and obtained both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the United
States and successfully established her career. Her passion is working for all children's causes, especially girl's empowerment.