Staff

Samip Mallick
Executive Director

Working at the intersection of technology and storytelling, Samip has a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Michigan, a master's in library and information sciences from the University of Illinois, and has completed graduate studies in history at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. Samip previously worked for the Southern Asia collection at the University of Chicago Library and the South Asia and International Migration programs at the Social Science Research Council. He has also worked as a consultant for the Ford Foundation's "Reclaiming the Border Narrative" initiative. Mallick currently serves on the advisory board for the Library of Congress Connecting Communities Digital Initiative and the board of directors for Clementine Montessori School in Philadelphia.


Maryam Ahmed
Program Coordinator

Maryam graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 where she studied Political Science and Race, Gender, and Nation under the Women's Studies department. As a former fellow of the Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan, she developed a professional fluency in the Urdu language while studying in Lahore. In addition, she previously worked at both the University of Michigan Law Library and the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library. She hopes to use her past experiences to help SAADA continue to empower South Asian American communities and be a voice for those who came before us.


Sophia Tresa Chirayil
Program Assistant

Sophia graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2020 where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Studies and minors in Political Science and Women’s Studies. She is a former Fulbright Commision award recipient for the US-UK Summer Institutes at Queen’s University Belfast, where she studied and researched global conflicts and peacemaking. Additionally, she is a vocalist, formally trained in Carnatic music. With SAADA, Sophia hopes to use her skills and life experiences to foster greater unity within the South Asian American community and support the liberation of individuals, particularly South Asian American women.