About Us

Our Mission & Our Team

Who We Are

Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative (SSGWI) is driven by a threefold mission: to rebuild vulnerable communities with health, nutrition, and infrastructure; to empower the unprivileged with education, and to promote unity using interfaith dialogue and the healing power of music.

In poverty-struck areas across South Asia, children, youth, and families face greater challenges and struggle for basic resources. SSGWI goes where families face the greatest challenges and provides the necessary tools to help them grow and become self-reliant. All of our initiatives are driven by a common goal—to create opportunities that help our recipients succeed at school, at home, and in their community.

SSGWI is a 501©3 organization registered in the state of New York.

Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative


Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative (SSGWI) was founded by Salman and Samina Ahmad in 2008.

Witness to growing terrorism, hostility, and division across South Asia and the US, Salman and Samina Ahmad were inspired to promote interfaith harmony, health, and education, which they conceived as the three tools vital for unity, peace, and empowerment.

Over the years, SSGWI was the driving force behind several concerts for peace. Salman Ahmad collaborated with Yale Strom to create ‘Common Chords’ and perform interfaith concerts all over the United States. In 2009, SSGWI organized a “Concert for Pakistan” at the United Nations to raise awareness about Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.

Salman has also collaborated with celebrated philanthropists and musicians such as Melissa Etheridge, Peter Gabriel, Ziggy Marley, and Sweet Rush. Under SSGWI, Salman’s music has been premiered at the UN General Assembly for World Humanitarian Day.

Community empowerment is an integral part of SSGWI’s mission and is achieved with optimal health and education. In 2008, SSGWI adopted a school in Mansehra, Pakistan to provide free education to girls.

In 2012, the organization adopted a village in Sajawal, Thatta with the intention to rebuild homes damaged by heavy floods. Dr. Samina Ahmad also runs a free medical clinic every year for the village, providing the community with free medical examination and treatment.

We are also installing water pumps across villages in Sajawal, Thatta, where there is a major scarcity of clean water. SSGWI regularly gives talks on achieving optimal wellness using holistic approaches at universities across the US and Pakistan.

Each year, the nonprofit runs its “Feed the Hungry” initiative to supply rations to hundreds of families during the holy month of Ramadan. SSGWI has also worked extensively to eradicate HIV-AIDS, polio and is currently involved in raising awareness and prevention of COVID-19 in 2020.

In partnership with trusted institutes, leaders, and advisors, SSGWI has created a continuum of education, health, and interfaith initiatives, all dedicated to empowering vulnerable communities to become agents of positive change.


Board of Directors

Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative

Ali Asani

Professor of Indo-Muslim
and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University

Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative

Mark Rosenblum

Professor at Queens College of the City University of New York.

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Varun Soni

Dean of Religious Life
University of Southern California

Advisory Board

  • Amin Hashwani
  • Azra Raza, Dr.
  • Bobby Sager
  • Charles Annenberg
  • Cynthia Schneider, Ambassador
  • Deepak Chopra
  • Ellen Goldberg
  • Farooq Kathwari
  • Jeff Skoll
  • Larry Brilliant
  • Lawrence Bender
  • Maajid Nawaz
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Michael Wolfe
  • Sally Osberg
  • Sally Quinn
  • Sameer Chatterjee


Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative

Samina Ahmad

Co-Founder and Executive Director

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Salman Ahmad

Co-Founder and Executive Director

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Sherjan Ahmad

Social Media and Fundraising Coordinator

Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative

Imraan Ahmad Khan

IT Senior Officer

Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative

Shamyl Ahmad

Program Coordinator

Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative

Sana Haque

Communication and Technical Assistant


  • Abrahams Vision
  • Acumen Fund 
  • Aga Khan University, Karachi
  • AIESEC (Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales)
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • Asma Society
  • The Center on Public Diplomacy within the University of Southern California's Annenberg School
  • Children's Museum for Peace and Human Rights
  • Citizen's Foundation
  • Common Chords
  • Concerned Citizens Of Pakistan
  • Daniel Pearl Foundation
  • Dawn Media
  • Edhi Trust
  • GC University, Lahore
  • Geo TV
  • Google Zeitgeist
  • Hashoo Foundation
  • Imran Khan (Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust)
  • The Iqbal Institute, Lahore
  • Lahore University of Management Science
  • National University of Science & Technology of Pakistan (NUST)
  • Network of Organizations Working for Persons with Disabilities, Pakistan
  • Network of Schools and Colleges in Pakistan
  • NCHD
  • NICH
  • Open
  • PTV (Pakistan TV)
  • Quilliam Foundation
  • Radio networks
  • Rafi Peer Theatre Group
  • The Rangoonwalla Foundation
  • Sager Family Foundation
  • Shoaib Mansoor (Producer, Director and Musician)
  • Skoll Foundation
  • Skoll Urgent Threat Fund
  • Sister Cities
  • Take Part
  • Zindagi Trust