Green Festival Speakers

Qimmah Najeeullah



Qimmah Najeeullah began SAFA Gallery in 2011 while she served as the Director of Development for the Manuel Zapata Olivella Center for Afro-Latino Development in Washington DC and assisted ethnic-minority owned small businesses and non-profits as a development consultant. Qimmah and her husband Muhammad were inspired to build a high-end fair trade, art and accessory company while they briefly lived in Morocco with thier two children. 

Previously, as Director of Break the Chain Campaign, a Project of The Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC, Qimmah managed culturally competent social service and advocacy support for migrant domestic workers and human trafficking survivors for six years. Qimmah completed her M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University’s School of International Service after her service a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan, Central Asia. Her B.A is in Art History from University of Maryland College Park, where she minored in Portuguese studies and African American History via additional schooling at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janiero, Brazil. In addition to and during multiple other professional experiences mediating gender access and education issues among migrant communities, Qimmah has traveled to18 countries world wide.