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Meira Neggaz - Executive Director View Full-Size

Meira Neggaz - Executive Director

Meira Neggaz is the Executive Director at ISPU, where she is responsible for the institution’s overall leadership, strategy, and growth.  Meira works to build and strengthen ISPU’s relationships with community leaders, policy makers, scholars, partner institutions and stakeholders to broaden the reach of ISPU’s research and to increase the impact of the organization’s mission.  Before joining ISPU, Meira was the Senior Program Officer for Marie Stopes International (MSI), a leading, UK-based organization working in 42 countries.  There, she led and managed programs in multiple countries, developed partnerships with key stakeholders and partner institutions, and managed key grants and donor relationships.  Formerly, Meira was the first Executive Director of WINGS in Guatemala, where she grew the organization from its infancy to become a national leader in the health sector, and the Guatemala Country Representative for Curamericas, establishing country presence and leading a USAID funded child survival project.  She holds a BA from Huron University in London and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. 

Farhan Latif - Chief Operating Officer & Director of Policy Impact View Full-Size

Farhan Latif - Chief Operating Officer & Director of Policy Impact

Farhan Latif is Chief Operating Officer & Director of Policy Impact at ISPU. He provides focus to the institute’s strategy, further strengthening its impact in policy circles, and expanding 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.

Dalia Mogahed - Director of Research View Full-Size

Dalia Mogahed - Director of Research

Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at ISPU where she develops, leads and executes ISPU’s community-focused research strategy.  Mogahed works closely with scholars and project managers on major research projects related to American Muslim families and institutions. Mogahed is former Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she led the analysis of surveys of Muslim communities worldwide.  With John L. Esposito, she coauthored the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think.  President Barack Obama appointed Mogahed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009.  She was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about U.S. engagement with Muslim communities, and she provided significant contributions to the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group recommendations.  She is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. She is also the CEO of Mogahed Consulting.  Mogahed earned her BS in chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin and was a Dean Scholar earning her MBA at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. 

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, 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.

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.

Patrick Cates - Senior Communications Associate View Full-Size

Patrick Cates - Senior Communications Associate

Patrick Cates is Senior Communications Associate at ISPU.  Over the past decade, Patrick has served the organization as an event management, technology, communications and philanthropy consultant.  Patrick transitioned to the non-profit sector after spending more than ten years in business development, helping startups and small businesses scale to regional enterprises.  Patrick’s experiences focused on expanding business capacity, crafting corporate branding and developing new business models.  Patrick has been instrumental in fostering foundation partnerships and technical grant writing for ISPU.  He was the recipient of the Henry Ford II endowed scholarship award and University of Michigan Dearborn distinguished leadership award.  Patrick has pursued undergraduate and graduate study at the University of Michigan Dearborn and Wayne State University in Detroit.

Iffa Kazi - Development & Research Dissemination Associate View Full-Size

Iffa Kazi - Development & Research Dissemination Associate

Iffa Kazi is the Development & Research Dissemination 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 - Development and Database Specialist View Full-Size

Aamina Ahmed - Development and Database Specialist

Aamina Ahmed provides development and database 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. Aamina has completed graduate work in Molecular Evolution and Genetics.

Butheina Hamdah - Leadership Assistant View Full-Size

Butheina Hamdah - Leadership Assistant

Butheina Hamdah is Leadership Assistant at ISPU where she provides executive assistance to the ISPU Chief Operating Officer and the Chairman of the Board of Directors on strategic initiatives. She comes from a wide background of community organizing, fundraising and youth mentorship in Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan. Hamdah holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations at the University of Toledo.

Zeba Iqbal - Editor View Full-Size

Zeba Iqbal - Editor

Zeba Iqbal is a freelance editor and author at ISPU. She has a diverse background in for-profit, non-profit and startup management, research, communications and business development. She led CAMP (Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals) from 2007-11 transforming it from a networking platform to an inclusive space for professional dialogue among American Muslim professionals. She founded and developed the CAMP Leadership Summit and was its Conference Manager in 2008, 2009 and 2011. A 2009-10 Fellow of USC CRCC's AMCLI (American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute), she has been a board member and advisor to the Muslim Democratic Club of New York; Muslim Voices: Arts and Ideas' Festival; and The Domestic Crusaders, among others. She spearheaded #MuslimVOTE, a month long social media campaign and article series leading up to the 2012 elections. Ms. Iqbal has 15 years professional experience. She managed off-campus residential real estate development at Princeton University (2009-2013), and was a management consultant with Ernst & Young's Real Estate advisory group (1998- 2008).  Ms. Iqbal has an MBA from The George Washington University.  

Alyssa Jeffries - Web and Design Intern View Full-Size

Alyssa Jeffries - Web and Design Intern

Alyssa Jeffries is the Website and Design Intern at ISPU where she engages in social media, search engine optimization, digital branding, website design, and website development. She has experience in social media, web coding, web programming, and graphic design. Jeffries earned her B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies at University of New Hampshire, and a Web Technology Certificate at Washtenaw Community College.

Amnah Sultan - Research and Outreach Intern View Full-Size

Amnah Sultan - Research and Outreach Intern

Amnah Sultan is the Research and Outreach Intern at ISPU. She studied at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business in College Park, Maryland where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. After graduating from college, Amnah started her own online scarf business, Capital Identity. She is also the Chief Marketing Officer for K. Sultana, a social enterprise fashion brand that produces breathable scarves for Muslim women, supporting women’s empowerment and skills development initiatives with its profits. Amnah previously worked as an Outreach and Events Intern at the Council on American-Islamic Relations and has volunteered in a variety of capacities in her local community.







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