Person

Amed Khan

Amed Khan is a Democratic Party-aligned political operative. He is the president of Elpida Home, an organization that provides legal and asylum services for Middle Eastern refugees seeking to pass through Greece to other European Union countries. Khan is also a senior advisor to the ClintonGiustra Enterprise Program, a project of the Clinton Foundation.

Early Life

Ahmed Khan received a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991. [1] He then entered politics and worked on the 1992 Bill Clinton presidential campaign and Clinton’s presidential transition team. [2] Between 1993 and 1995 Khan was the Special Assistant to the Director of the United States Peace Corps, a political position within the Peace Corps that included serving as the eyes and ears of the Clinton administration within the Peace Corps. [3] Khan then worked as the deputy chief operating officer for the 1996 Bill Clinton presidential campaign. [4]

Later Career

After leaving the Clinton administration, Khan worked for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in[5] Tanzania. Khan was the chief administrator/logistician for IRC in Tanzania and oversaw the overall administration of IRC refugee camps. [6]

Currently, Khan directs the Paradigm Global Group, a private investment firm that focuses on commercial real estate, energy, and technology. [7]

In 2016 Khan founded Elpida Home, an organization based in Thessaloniki, Greece that provides services to refugees from the Middle East and provides more space in European Union (EU) refugee camps by transferring refugees to a residential complex operated by Elpida Home. [8] The organization also provides legal services to refugees, such as representation for administrative problems or crimes committed in Greece and asylum services to transfer the refugees to other EU countries such as Germany. [9] Elpida Home’s legal department is supported with legal assistance from the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and Equal Rights Beyond Borders. [10]

Khan is also the founder and president of the Zaka Khan Foundation, which has supported reconstruction projects in Iraq[11] and Ghana. [12] The foundation has provided scholarships for students attending Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, a university for Arab students within Israel. [13] In 2013 Brandeis University terminated its academic partnership with Al-Quds University due to a “Nazi-style” rally that took place within the university and alleged Hamas influence over the organization. [14] Frederick Lawrence, the president of Brandeis University at the time, requested that the president of Al-Quds University condemn the protest before he terminated their relationship with the university. Sari Nusseibeh, the president of Al-Quds University, responded with a letter that refused to apologize for the incident, claimed that the university was subject to a “vilification campaign,” and insisted that the protest should be respected as a free speech activity. [15]

Khan also works as senior advisor to the ClintonGiustra Enterprise Program, a project of the Clinton Foundation. [16]

Political Contributions

Amed Khan has made 449 total contributions to Democratic Party campaigns and affiliated political action committees since 1994. [17]  Khan has made contributions to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign; the Barack Obama presidential campaign; U.S. Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN); the Democratic National Committee; and the 2020 Majority PAC. [18]

References

  1. “Amed Khan” University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Political Science. https://polisci.wisc.edu/staff/amed-khan/ ^
  2. “Amed Khan” Concordia. https://www.concordia.net/community/amed-khan/ ^
  3. “Amed Khan” Concordia. https://www.concordia.net/community/amed-khan/ ^
  4. “Amed Khan” Concordia. https://www.concordia.net/community/amed-khan/ ^
  5. “Amed Khan” Concordia. https://www.concordia.net/community/amed-khan/ ^
  6. “Amed Khan” Concordia. https://www.concordia.net/community/amed-khan/ ^
  7. “Amed Khan” Concordia. https://www.concordia.net/community/amed-khan/ ^
  8. “What we do” Elpida Home. https://elpidahome.org/what-we-do ^
  9. “Legal Program” Elpida Home. https://elpidahome.org/legal-program ^
  10. “Legal Program” Elpida Home. https://elpidahome.org/legal-program ^
  11. “Amed Khan” Concordia. https://www.concordia.net/community/amed-khan/ ^
  12. “Current Projects” Zaka Khan Foundation. http://zakakhan.org/currentprojects.html ^
  13. “Current Projects” Zaka Khan Foundation. http://zakakhan.org/currentprojects.html ^
  14. Dvorin, Tova. “Brandeis Breaks Ties with Al-Quds University” Arutz Sheva. November 13, 2013. Accessed March 27, 2021. https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/174195 ^
  15. Nusseibeh, Sari.  “Letter to our dear students from the President of the University” https://www.brandeis.edu/now/2013/November/pdfs/al-quds-statement-11-18-13.pdf ^
  16. Dvorin, Tova.  “Brandeis Breaks Ties with Al-Quds University” Arutz Sheva. November 13, 2013. Accessed March 27, 2021. https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/174195 ^
  17. “Amed Khan” Federal Election Commission. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=Amed%20Khan ^
  18. “Amed Khan” Federal Election Commission. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/?contributor_name=Amed%20Khan ^
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