About Us

For the sixth year in a row, the Kurdish Youth Festival is bringing together a diverse group of people from all over the United States for a three-day long event filled with culture, education, and social activities. The committee putting this event together is comprised of youth who were themselves attendees. We are non-profit and do not represent a single party. We are a diverse network of Kurdish-American students, young professionals, charity and community organizations that have come together to educate, motivate and assist the Kurdish-American communities in the United States. We believe that this is done best by empowering our young, encouraging community involvement, and building relations and common ground between the various American communities.

Scroll down to read a little about our Sixth Annual Kurdish Youth Festival Committee. Each year, we select a different group to help us put on an amazing event for you. See you soon!

Minhaj Akreyi
Minhaj Akreyi is a Kurdish-American, born in Naghada-Eastern Kurdistan. He currently resides in San Diego, California. Minhaj holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Relations.

Burak Aydin
Burak Aydin is from Licê, Amed in North Kurdistan. He currently resides in Conway, Arkansas and recently earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Central Arkansas.

Perjin Jaffer
Perjin Jaffer is a Canadian-Kurd born in Zakho, South Kurdistan. She currently resides in Ottawa, ON in Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a concentration in international relations and a minor in law from Carleton University.

Akhink Omer
Akhink Omer is a Kurdish-American from the village of Chemseyda in South Kurdistan. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Tennessee State University.

Goran Z. Sadjadi
Goran Z. Sadjadi is Kurdish-American who was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Jose State University. He is currently working in the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley.

Nuha Serrac
Nuha Serrac is a Kurdish-American raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She currently works and resides in Silêmanî, South Kurdistan. She holds a BSc in Political Science and History from Arizona State University.

Shanaz Waise
Shanaz Waise is a Kurdish-American from Silêmanî in South Kurdistan. She currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia and is working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Affairs with a double concentration in International Development and Global Inequality and Responses at George Mason University.

Sarah Yousif
Sarah Yousif is a Kurdish-American originally from the Capital city of Hewler, Kurdistan. She currently resides in San Diego, California and holds a degree in Psychology from San Diego State University.