Staff

Samip Mallick
Executive Director

Samip Mallick is the co-founder and executive director of SAADA, which he has guided from its inception in 2008 to its place today as a national leader in community-based storytelling. Mallick's background includes degrees in computer science and library and information sciences and work related to international migration and South Asia for the for the Social Science Research Council and University of Chicago. Mallick currently serves on the Library of Congress Connecting Communities Digital Initiative advisory board. He also previously served as an archival consultant for the Ford Foundation's Reclaiming the Border Narrative initiative and on the Pennsylvania Governor's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.


Yousef Khan
Community Engagement Coordinator

Yousef Khan studied Political Science and Global Studies at Swarthmore College, where he wrote a year-long senior thesis on the American-led state-building paradox in Afghanistan. Previously, he worked on multiple United Nations projects in conflict-affected areas in northwest Pakistan and worked with various grassroots organizations. Khan is ethnically Pashtun and grew up in Peshawar, Pakistan. He speaks four languages and is currently learning a fifth one. At SAADA, Khan hopes to cultivate “affective belonging” for minoritized groups through collective community engagement and empowerment. In addition, he is determined to foster an environment of mutual exchange so that our community takes pride in preserving South Asian American history and stories.


Emmett Haq
Education Outreach Coordinator

Emmett Haq graduated from Stony Brook Southampton in 2015 with an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature. Before joining SAADA, he was involved in higher education for years as both an instructor and a tutor, and prioritized the inclusion of South Asian voices in the courses he taught. Emmett also has a previous background in publishing, copywriting, and editing. He hopes to use these experiences to further the research and writing necessary to fulfill SAADA’s mission, as well as to work directly with educators in order to tell South Asian American stories in classrooms nationwide.


Edward Wang
Grants Manager

Edward Wang is dedicated to spotlighting the cultural and creative output of communities which have historically lacked recognition. A writer and educator, Wang has presented research on Asian American musical theatre at the Society for Ethnomusicology and Society for American Music. He has worked with several Asian American nonprofit organizations to improve political participation and promote mental health access for underserved populations. A 2019 intern at the American Folklife Center, he created digital guides to the Library of Congress’s archival collections. Wang holds a master’s degree in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University and a bachelor’s degree in music from The College of New Jersey.


Danbi Yi
Operations Manager

Danbi Yi has been an educator for the past eight years. She holds a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She also majored in English with a minor in Social and Economic Justice at the University of North Carolina. For five years, she taught high school English and Social Studies in the School District of Philadelphia. As a teacher, she prioritized uplifting stories from underrepresented communities and creating space for her students to share theirs. She is excited to use her experience and passion to join the work at SAADA so that South Asian American stories can continue to redefine American history and identity.