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Iltefat Hamzavi - Chairperson of the Board View Full-Size

Iltefat Hamzavi - Chairperson of the Board

Iltefat Hamzavi is one of the founders of ISPU and member of the Board of Trustees. 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 M.D. from the University of Michigan.

 
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Muzammil Ahmad

Muzammil Ahmed is one of the founders of ISPU and a member of the Board of Trustees. He is also a clinical assistant professor at the Wayne State University Medical School. He currently serves at the Chief of Surgery at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital. He also serves on the boards of several non-profit community and interfaith organizations. Dr. Ahmed received his M.D. from the University of Michigan.

 
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Farid Senzai

Farid Senzai is one of the founders of ISPU and a member of the Board of Trustees. He is a fellow and Director of Research at ISPU. He is also an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Santa Clara University where he teaches courses on US foreign policy and Middle East politics. Dr. Senzai was previously a research associate at the Brookings Institution and a research analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as a consultant for Oxford Analytica and the World Bank. Dr. Senzai is currently on the board directors at the Central Asian Institute and the advisory board of The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life where he has contributed to several national and global surveys on Muslim attitudes. His co-authored book is of Educating the Muslims of America (Oxford University Press, 2009). His most recent book is Political Islam in the Age of Democratization (Palgrave Macmillion, 2013). Dr. Senzai received his M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University and Ph.D. in politics and international relations from Oxford University. 

 
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Afser Shariff

Afser Shariff is one of the founders of ISPU and a member of the Board of Trustees. He serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Physicians Angels and is a practicing otolaryngologist in Toledo Ohio. Dr. Shariff is actively involved in local and national healthcare organizations, serving in a number of roles at community hospitals in northwestern Ohio in addition to the Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He has developed and patented new processes in healthcare data management leading to the establishment of Physicians Angels. Physicians Angels has grown into providing human resource management tools, custom software development, and IT support for medical facilities throughout the USA and India. Dr. Shariff is an alumnus of Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital's Department of Otolaryngology and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

 
Aamir A. Rehman View Full-Size

Aamir A. Rehman

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 M.B.A. from Harvard University.

 
Mazen Asbahi View Full-Size

Mazen Asbahi

Mazen Asbahi is principal of Asbahi Law Group, Ltd., a boutique transactional law firm with offices in Chicago, Detroit and Washington, D.C. He practices in the areas of business, healthcare and nonprofit law and serves as general counsel to a number of businesses and nonprofit institutions, including ISPU. Recently, Mr. Asbahi served as the national outreach coordinator for Muslim Americans and Arab Americans for the Obama presidential campaign. Mr. Asbahi is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan and the Northwestern University School of Law. He received his principal legal training at the firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

 
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Nauman Imami

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 of for the landmark National Institutes of Health sponsored multi-center Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study. He has been recognized amongst the “Best Doctors in America.” Dr. Imami received his M.D. with honors at the University of Florida and his Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan.

 
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Saima Siddiqui

Saima Siddiqui is currently Senior Associate Director of Career Services at National University of Singapore Business School, where she oversees recruiting, strategic partnerships and career development services for MBA students. Prior to joining moving to Singapore, 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 the country’s pre-eminent community development bank, Shorebank, where she focused on public-private partnerships and the development of affordable housing. Ms. Siddiqui holds a Master of Government Administration and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

 
Hena Khan View Full-Size

Hena Khan

Hena Khan is a communications consultant, writer, and editor with expertise in international public health. She has developed strategies to promote research dissemination and utilization for several non-profit organizations and projects including the Population Council, Demographic and Health Survey Program, and UNICEF. She is also the author of several children’s books including Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story, which was a 2009 Booklist Top 10 Religion Book for Youth. Ms. Khan received a M.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University.

 
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Moheeb Murray

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 J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School.

 
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Asad Jamal

Asad Jamal is a member of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding Board of Directors and the Founder and Managing Partner of ePlanet Capital(formerly known as ePlanet Ventures). Mr. Jamal founded ePlanet Ventures in1999 with a first-mover focus on global venture capital opportunities. He has been ranked amongst the ‘Top 20’ venture capitalists worldwide by FORBES for three consecutive years (2007, 2008, 2009), and has been given the accolade 'Pioneer of Global Venture 'by FORBES (2007). Red Herring Magazine featured him as the ‘Hottest VC in the World’. Mr. Jamal graduated with a B.Sc.(Honors) from the London School of Economics, and is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Mr. Jamal is a charter member of the entrepreneurship organizations TIE Silicon Valley and OPEN Silicon Valley, a Trustee of the Singularity University, and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

 
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Sara Abbasi

Sara Abbasi is a member of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding Board of Directors. She 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 non-profit 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 non-profit 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.

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