MFA- Asma Salehi


Asma Salehi was born in Kabul Afghanistan.  After her father was martyred, Asma and her family had to leave the country.  Later gaining asylum entry visa to the United State, she started a new life. 

Discovering her artistic talent in 1991 changed her goals in life. She feels compelled to use her art to bring forth visual awareness for those who are silent by oppression.  She has expressed her view of having a different body of works that relate to her subject.  She continues to discover how to be the voice for those who are oppressed.

Asma Salehi is author and illustrator for an ancient folk tale known and beloved in Afghanistan, Buzaak Chinie (The Porcelain Goat). Her envision is to save all the folk tales that she has heard as a child.

Sharifa Raouf

Sharifa Raouf is living the American Dream.  She grew up in Afghanistan and left due to the Russian invasion. She traveled through Europe for 3 years and settled temporarily in Frankfurt, Germany.  It was there that she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a fashion designer, by studying and working for designers.  In the early 1980s, Sharifa and her family emigrated to the United States, moving to Denver, Colorado.  She started as an assistant designer with Anne Barge, designing custom garments. 

When she and her husband moved to California in 1985, along with two young children, Sharifa enrolled in Diablo Valley College to earn her degree in Fashion Design, which she did in 1989.  She continued her education with classes at FIDM.  Between contacts and her resume, Sharifa became the designer for the California Miss USA beauty pageant, where she created custom garments for the contestants, which continued until 2006. In 2006, upon leaving the Miss USA Pageant system, Sharifa created her own design house, The House of Couture in Walnut Creek, California.  At The House of Couture she designs and creates beautiful bridal and evening gowns, as well as men’s suits.  She also offers sewing classes both in person and virtually. Sharifa is a perfect example of having the dreams and making them a reality.

Tamana Ansari

Tamana, one of the first Rumi Awards family members, is one of the most confident female hosts with a beautiful heart.
As a host, she successfully lead Red Carpet events, Awards Nights, and high-profile events backstage management while working diligently with other Rumi Awards family members to present Rumi’s thoughts and words of love and unity, One Breath, in such that truly resonates with Rumi’s message.
Beside entertainment hosting and management, she works in a financial company and deals with sensitive client and accounts.
Her love to her people, native language, and her traditions made her to become not only active within the Afghan communities, but also a favorite personality among all those that know her either personally or through media.
She joined the Afghan Women’s Health Organization years ago and instantly became its event speaker and host.
Tamana Ansari has vigorously volunteered with high profile organizations in the community to support the orphans and poor children in Afghanistan and around the world.
Her fluency in her native language Farsi and confidence on the stage are reasons she hosts more Afghan live events than any other Afghan female or male in its native country. Her excellent skills and active participation, in addition to her passion to the Afghan people, have earned her appreciation from various sources. She is the host and producer of a few TV Shows aired to global audience via Satellite.
Tamana’s passion and aim is to empower the Afghan community, especially the Afghans youths and women, through love, art, music and sports. She always returns to stage with her beautiful voice that communicates to her audience with her mind and her heart.

Ilaha Eli Omar

Ilaha Eli Omar is an Afghan-American female entrepreneur who built a successful technical staffing company which she sold in 2018. Currently, Ilaha is a Partner at Imagine Wireless, a technology consulting firm where she focuses on addressing digital equity. Ilaha serves on the board of Mahtabe, where she provides sustainable solutions to enable inclusion and education for the most underserved people in Kenya; is the Country Director of Enabled Children Initiative, where she is spearheading Afghanistan’s first self-sustaining community center serving orphans/abandoned children, and adults living with disabilities; and mentors Afghan women entrepreneurs through Project Artemis, an initiative led by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women and Thunderbird for Good. Ilaha regularly escorts Afghan children amputees for prosthetic treatment to the US and participates in medical aid trips to Haiti via Children of War Foundation. Ilaha is a member of the US-Afghan Women’s Council and resides in San Francisco, CA. 

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Rumi Awards

Rumi Awards, a transformation agent for “Ancient Vision with Modern View”, is based on the thoughts of the 13th-century poet, jurist and “progressive” theologian “Rumi”. The Rumi Awards family promotes love to the world community through a universal theme focused on the principles of humanism, arts, literature, fashion, music, dance, sports and love itself.

Rumi Awards family has produced 18 world class awards shows with high quality & standard that have captured the attention of world’s largest news organizations including BBC & Deutsche Welle among others and excited millions of social media fans in over 50 countries since its launch in April 2003. Rumi Awards live & on-demand infrastructure delivers live experiences across social platforms, IPTV Networks, OTT providers and web services. From real-time audience engagement, high impact voting and live events, Rumi Awards live social media programs and channels will generate record breaking results.

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