Amed Khan is a human rights advocate, political activist, and philanthropist. Amed has two decades of experience working in conflict zones and humanitarian relief. He is the founder of Elpida Home, an innovative non-profit in Thessaloniki, Greece, which helps Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan refugees access the humane international protection and dignified essential services they deserve. As the Founder and President of the Zaka Khan Foundation, he also invests in reconstruction projects in Iraq and throughout the surrounding region.
Amed also seeks to raise awareness about complex emergencies and human rights violations through international campaigns, media appearances, and creative projects. He has collaborated with leading musicians and artists on efforts to bring attention to the world’s most vulnerable people.
Amed held several positions in the United States Government. From 1993-1995, as Special Assistant, he represented the Director of the United States Peace Corps on policy and administrative matters and served as White House Liaison. In 1997, he was Director of Operations for the G-7 Summit of Industrialized Nations. His political experience includes service as Deputy Director of Administration for the 1992 Presidential transition team; Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Clinton/Gore 1996 Presidential Campaign; and Chief Operating Officer and Director of Administration, 1997 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
Among his other philanthropic ventures, Amed sits on the Board of Directors of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science Department.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Amed is based in New York, New York.