Meet Our Team
SALIH HUDAYARFounder & Presidentshudayar@nationalawakening.org
Originally from East Turkistan, Mr. Hudayar is a Uyghur American business consultant-turned-political & human rights activist who founded ETNAM in 2017; he was recently elected as the Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government in Exile in November 2019.
AMANNISSA MUKHLISWomen & Family Directoramukhlis@nationalawakening.org
Ms. Mukhlis is a Uyghur political & human rights activist from Kazakhstan. She comes from a distinghuished family that has been very active in the struggle for East Turkistan's Independence. Amannisa is an active proponent of women and children's rights.
MARIA SLIWACOMMUNICATIONS DIRECTORm.email@example.com
Maria Sliwa is the president of Freedom Now Communications, Inc. and M. Sliwa Public Relations. As a press agent for the Sudan Campaign, she played a major role in publicizing the genocide, slavery and rape of civilians in Sudan and Darfur. She continues to gain attention for human rights projects, activists and authors.
GANI STAMBEKOVOUTREACH DIRECTORgani@nationalawakening.org
Originally from Kazakhstan, Mr. Stambekov is Kazakh American entrepreneur-turned-political and human rights activist. He is also the leader of the Free Kazakhs Movement, which strives to improve democracy, human rights, and freedom in Kazakhstan.
Meet Our Advisory Board
Dr. DRU GLADNEY
Dru C. Gladney is Professor of Anthropology at Pomona College in Claremont, California, and recent President of the Pacific Basin Institute. In addition to a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle, Dr. Gladney has three M.A. degrees in religion, philosophy, and anthropology. He has also held faculty positions and post-doctoral fellowships at Cambridge University, Harvard University, the University of Southern California, the University of Hawaii, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He has served as the inaugural Dean of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.
Dr. zudhi jasser
M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., is the Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) and the author of “A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith” (Simon & Schuster, June 2012). On March 20, 2012, Jasser was appointed to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) where he served two terms both as a Commissioner and Vice-Chair until May 2016. A first-generation American Muslim, Jasser’s parents fled the oppressive Baath regime of Syria in the mid1960’s for American freedom. Jasser and a group of American Muslims founded AIFD which promotes Muslim voices for liberty and freedom through the separation of mosque and state.
Jason Jones is a film producer, author, activist, and human rights worker. He is president of Movie to Movement and the Human Rights Education Organization (H.E.R.O.) and co-founder and President of the Vulnerable People Project. Jason works directly to aid the homeless, people facing genocide, and women with crisis pregnancies. He has appeared in defense of the most vulnerable members of the human family on ABC, Fox, CNN and hundreds of radio programs nationwide. Jason is a senior contributor to The Stream and is the co-author with John Zmirak of The Race to Save our Century, he is also author of the book The World is on Fire, released October 2017.
Raheel Raza is a public speaker, Consultant for Interfaith and Intercultural diversity, documentary film maker, freelance journalist and founder of SAMA’ (Sacred Arts ad Music Alliance). She was appointed to and served three years on The Public Service Committe for Ontario College of Teachers. Raza started writing at a young age because she grew up in a culture where women were supposed to “be seen and not heard.” Travelling extensively throughout the Middle East, Europe, Far East and North America, Raza brings a fresh new global perspective to her mandate “there is unity in diversity”. Raza promotes cultural and religious diversity.