Chairperson of the Board
Chairperson of the Board
Iltefat Hamzavi is one of the founders of ISPU. Dr. Hamzavi is the Vice President of Hamzavi Dermatology and its affiliate Dermatology Specialists. He also is on the faculty at Henry Ford Hospital’s department of dermatology and an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University both in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Hamzavi has been selected as one of America’s Best Doctors and is considered an international expert in several skin diseases. He serves on the boards of Crescent Academy International and the School of Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University. Dr. Hamzavi received his BA and MD from the University of Michigan.
Muzammil Ahmed is one of the founders of ISPU. He is a urologist practicing in Metro-Detroit and a clinical assistant professor of urology at the Wayne State University Medical School. He currently serves as the Vice-Chief of Staff at Beaumont Wayne Hospital. He is the Chairperson of the Michigan Muslim Community Council and serves on the boards of the Council of American Islamic Relations (Michigan) and The Muslim Observer (TMO). He studied sociology as an undergraduate and received his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School.
Aamir Rehman is the Head of Strategy for Fajr Capital Ltd., a principal investment firm focused on attractive Muslim markets. He is the author of Dubai & Co.: Global Strategies for Doing Business in the Gulf States as well as Gulf Capital & Islamic Finance. Rehman was formerly the global head of strategy for HSBC Amanah, a worldwide business unit of the HSBC Group, serving more than 300,000 customers in major markets of the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the United States. Previously a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, he has advised clients in multiple industries regarding a wide range of strategic issues. Since 2008, he has been an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute, a Washington-based nonpartisan research organization. Rehman received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies and an MBA from Harvard University.
Nauman Imami is Director of the Glaucoma Service and Glaucoma Fellowship at the Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Imami is actively involved in research and was a principal investigator for the landmark National Institutes of Health sponsored multi-center Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study. He has been recognized among the “Best Doctors in America.” Dr. Imami received his MD with honors at the University of Florida and his master’s in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan.
Sara Abbasi is a philanthropist who has been committed to spreading access to education worldwide. Her charitable work on various boards is marked by a dedication to breaking down cultural barriers and enabling cross-cultural understanding. Mrs. Abbasi is currently a board member and was the Chairperson of the Board of Developments in Literacy (DIL), an international nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of female literacy in remote areas of Pakistan. Additionally, Mrs. Abbasi serves on the board of The American Pakistan Foundation (APF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding education, healthcare, micro-infrastructure and entrepreneurship opportunities to the under-privileged people of Pakistan. Mrs. Abbasi and her husband, Sohaib Abbasi, endowed the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University, and established the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Professorship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mrs. Abbasi holds a BA in Business Administration from Santa Clara University and a MA in International Relations from Golden Gate University.
Mustafa M. Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Florida specializing in Advanced Heart Failure & Transplantation. His current research interests include exploring the dynamic between advanced heart failure therapeutics and socioeconomic status, as well as the interplay between faith and the health care system. Dr. Ahmed is the co-founder of the RAHMA Mercy Clinic, a nonprofit community initiative focused on delivering care to the underserved and uninsured. He received the Spirit of Gainesville Award in Medicine for his work in the community. Dr. Ahmed also serves on the advisory board of the Global Center for Islamic Studies at UF, which aims to deepen the understanding of the diversity of Muslim cultures and society through academic investigation, outreach, and education. He received his BA from the Johns Hopkins University and MD from West Virginia University.
Shannon Bruder is an international development professional who designs projects and manages and writes proposals to obtain funding to improve the lives of vulnerable populations around the world. She is also a lifelong Girl Scout and a former Peace Corps volunteer. Ms. Bruder holds a master’s degree in International Development from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jamal Ghani currently serves as a System Chief Operating Officer of Kaleida Health in Buffalo NY. Mr. Ghani is responsible for the growth, development and leadership over Kaleida Health’s operating divisions. Before Kaleida Health, Mr. Ghani served as the Chief Executive Administrative Officer at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Prior to his appointment at the Cleveland Clinic, Ghani was the President of Metro Health Systems in Wyoming, Michigan. Ghani has also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Hurley Medical Center and President of Hurley Health Services in Flint, Michigan. He also served as the Chief Administrative Officer for Forest Hills Hospital in Long Island, New York. He received his Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) from the University of Minnesota and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from National University in San Diego, California. He completed his undergraduate work at National University as well, obtaining a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in Business Administration. Ghani has served on a number of boards and has had significant involvement in start up technology companies and venture funds.
Syed Mohiuddin is an internal medicine physician and associate consultant at McKinsey & Company. He is focused on improving quality, access, cost, and innovation in healthcare for large public and private sector clients. Dr. Mohiuddin is also a past board member of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the Michigan Muslim Community Council, and Healthy Detroit (past chairman). Additionally, Dr. Mohiuddin was Vice Chairman of the 2014 ISNA Detroit Convention and served the City of Detroit in various capacities. Dr. Mohiuddin received his DO from Michigan State University, MA from Boston University, and BS from the University of Michigan.
Moheeb Murray is an attorney specializing in commercial litigation and insurance litigation matters. Mr. Murray serves on the boards of the charitable organization Zaman International and the Michigan Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations. In addition, Mr. Murray is an active member of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, where he sits on the American Arab Professionals Network Committee and the Small Business Development Committee. Mr. Murray earned his JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School.
Saima Siddiqui was most recently the Senior Associate Director of Career Services at National University of Singapore Business School, where she oversaw recruiting, strategic partnerships and career development services for MBA students. Previously, she served as Vice President at Mom Corps, an innovative staffing firm that worked with Fortune 500 companies to develop flexible staffing models. She has also worked on finance and community development issues at a preeminent community development bank, Shorebank, where she focused on public-private partnerships and the development of affordable housing. Mrs. Siddiqui holds a Master of Government Administration and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.