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Farhan Latif - Interim Executive Director View Full-Size

Farhan Latif - Interim Executive Director

Farhan Latif is currently serving as Interim Executive Director at ISPU. He assumed this leadership role after serving as the Chief Operating Officer & Director of Policy Impact, a position where he provided focus to the Institute’s strategy, further strengthened its impact in policy circles, and expanded support and awareness of its research. Mr. Latif previously served as a director in the Office of Institutional Advancement at the University of Michigan - Dearborn, where he led efforts to build a culture of philanthropy and engagement. As a social entrepreneur and non-profit strategist, he founded Strategic Inspirations, a consulting firm focused on building the capacity of non-profit organizations and scaling for greater social impact.
Mr. Latif holds a BBA in Business Management and Marketing, and has completed graduate work in non-profit management at the University of Michigan Dearborn. He received an M.A. from Harvard University, having completed a specialized interdisciplinary program with graduate coursework at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Alejandro Beutel - Policy and Research Engagement Fellow View Full-Size

Alejandro Beutel - Policy and Research Engagement Fellow

Alejandro Beutel is ISPU's Policy and Research Engagement Fellow. In this capacity he will be contributing to research management, spearhead outreach to policy stakeholders in Washington, D.C., and actively contribute to the growth and development of ISPU's 2050 Project. Prior to joining ISPU Mr. Beutel served as a research consultant to several think-tanks, policy advocacy non-profits, and corporate clients. From 2009 to 2012 he was the Government and Policy Analyst at the Washington, D.C. office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council where he built strategic relationships with government agencies and authored several policy and issue publications in areas such as national security, immigration reform, and religious liberty. He has a Master of Public Policy from University of Maryland, College Park.

Siwar Bizri - Research Manager View Full-Size

Siwar Bizri - Research Manager

Siwar Bizri is Research Manager at ISPU where she oversees the research process, tracks emerging issues and ensures the timely publication of research products. She has several years experience in policy research and analysis on topics including international media, social media, and Middle Eastern societies and cultures. Her interdisciplinary background and passion for writing also contribute to her personal blog and freelance writing projects. She holds a Masters degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech.

Zareena Grewal - Center for Study of American Muslims View Full-Size

Zareena Grewal - Center for Study of American Muslims

Zareena Grewal is Senior Fellow and Former Director of CSAM and Assistant Professor in the departments of American Studies and Religious Studies and the Program in Ethnicity, Race and Migration at Yale University. Before coming to Yale, she was a visiting lecturer at Vassar College in the department of anthropology. Dr. Grewal is the author of numerous articles and chapters on the intersections of race and religion in American Muslim communities and her book Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority (2013, New York University Press) explores the global religious networks that connect U.S. mosques to the intellectual centers of the Middle East. Dr. Grewal was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship in Egypt (2002-3) and received the Fulbright's prestigious Islamic Civilization Grant. She is also a documentary filmmaker, a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and she was featured in the 2010 biographical collection Who's Who in America. Dr. Grewal received her doctorate from the interdisciplinary Program in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan.

Zahra Jamal - Center for the Study of American Muslims View Full-Size

Zahra Jamal - Center for the Study of American Muslims

Dr. Zahra N. Jamal is Fellow and Former Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of American Muslims at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow on International Women's Rights at the University of Chicago, Director of Strategy and Research of the Isma’ili Tariqah and Religious Education Board USA. She was previously on the faculty at Harvard, MIT, and Michigan State University (MSU), and was also the Program Director of Central Asia and International Development at MSU. Dr. Jamal serves as an ethnographic consultant to the U.S. Department of State, Aspen Institute, the Swiss Development Cooperation, the Aga Khan Development Network, and USAID for projects on conflict resolution, gender equity, human rights, and civic engagement among Muslim communities in North America, Europe, and Central Asia. Her most extensive field research is on Muslim American philanthropy and voluntarism, which has become a major million dollar effort spearheaded by the Aspen Institute and Muslim Advocates. She has published in academic venues and in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and I Speak for Myself. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and a double B.A. in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and in Slavic Studies from Rice University.

Hamada Hamid - Senior Research Fellow View Full-Size

Hamada Hamid - Senior Research Fellow

Hamada Hamid is a Senior Research Fellow and Former Director of the Center for Global Health at ISPU. He is also a Clinical Instructor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Yale University. Dr. Hamid completed a dual residency in neurology and psychiatry and a Masters in Global Public Health at New York University, followed by a clinical research fellowship in epilepsy at Yale University. Dr. Hamid has published several articles and book chapters on neuropsychiatric illness, mental health policy in the Middle East, and the role of culture in mental illness across a diverse spectrum of Muslim populations. He is also the founding and current managing editor of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health. Dr. Hamid has served on the boards of Tamkeen, an Arab American social service agency, Muslim Mental Health, Inc., Muslim Family Services, and he is an affiliated faculty member for the Council of Middle East Studies at Yale University. Dr. Hamid was a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan (2002-3) and his essay "Developing Iraq's National Mental Health Policy" was awarded NYU's Outstanding Paper in Global Public Health Award. Dr Hamid received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at Michigan State University.

Nadia Ahmed - Finance Director View Full-Size

Nadia Ahmed - Finance Director

Nadia Ahmed is the Finance Director at ISPU. She had previously served as the Business Manager, Board Treasurer, and Finance Committee Chair for Friends School in Detroit, a nonprofit private elementary school. Before that, Mrs. Ahmed had worked for over 11 years in the public accounting field as an international tax consultant for Ernst & Young in Detroit and Arthur Anderson in Chicago and New York. She has a Bachelors degree in Accounting from DePaul University and a Masters degree in Non-Profit Management.

Shabnam Khan - Development Team View Full-Size

Shabnam Khan - Development Team

Shabnam Khan is a member of the Development Team at ISPU. She is also the founder and President of FocalPointe Solutions, a Michigan-based company that specializes in business development and process improvement for non-profit organizations. Ms. Khan was previously a project manager for ABN AMRO Bank. Ms. Khan is a founding member of IMPACT: Muslims Making a Difference, SEED Foundation, and is the Social Networking Chairperson for the Young Professionals of Rochester. Ms. Khan received a M. A. in English from Middle Tennessee State University.

Iffa Kazi - Development Associate View Full-Size

Iffa Kazi - Development Associate

Iffa Kazi is the Development Associate at ISPU.  Prior to joining our team, Ms. Kazi worked in the fields of strategic planning, performance analysis, and non-profit development and project management. She is a proven community organizer and was at the top of her class at the Michigan Development Institute, a program to cultivate development officers.  Ms. Kazi brings years of experience in the areas of community and non-profit event organizing to ISPU.  She also spends time volunteering in her local community as a youth mentor and program organizer. Ms. Kazi holds a BA in Economics from UM-Dearborn where she was the recipient of numerous academic and leadership awards.  She is currently pursuing graduate work in Accounting at Wayne State University.

Aamina Ahmed - Administrative Assistant View Full-Size

Aamina Ahmed - Administrative Assistant

Aamina Ahmed provides administrative support to ISPU and is also involved with various non profits in the metro Detroit area. She is currently on the Board of Plymouth Canton Citizens for Diversity and Inclusion and a member of the Canton Response to Hate Crime Coalition. Ms. Ahmed was the recipient of a prestigious Poynter Institute Fellowship as part of a model national project on multicultural communication. She has completed graduate work in Molecular Evolution and Genetics.

Kristin Braun - Development and Events Assistant View Full-Size

Kristin Braun - Development and Events Assistant

Kristin Braun is the Development and Events assistant at ISPU where she seeks to provide assistance in database and event management.  A graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Ms. Braun has spent her time studying Arabic and examining religious and political issues pertaining minorities in the US and abroad. Ms. Braun is also an active runner and enjoys raising money for charity by training and running races in the community.







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