Alumni Impact Council

At nearly 20 years old, ISPU has benefitted from the experience, passion, energy, and wisdom of so many incredible people. The Alumni Impact Council harnesses the expertise and wisdom of those who have served ISPU in the past, providing a formal way for alumni, whether board or staff, to uplift and amplify the work of ISPU. While the Council has no decision-making power, it serves an advisory and partnership role.

Are you an ISPU alum interested in joining this council? Contact us. 

Muzammil Ahmed

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.

Mazen Asbahi

Mazen Asbahi previously was a board member at ISPU. He has over 20 years of experience working with clients in healthcare and corporate law. In healthcare, Mazen represents physicians, dentists and other providers, as well as start-up and growth stage companies in the healthcare and technology sectors on their respective transactional, regulatory and operational matters.

Mazen’s corporate law background encompasses serving as outside general counsel to fast-growing companies and representing entrepreneurs, investors, and executives in the areas of start-up, venture capital and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and general commercial matters.

With a strong commitment to serving the community, Mazen has served on a number of boards of directors and regularly counsels nonprofit boards and executives on governance, best practices, and day-to-day operational matters. Mazen is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, a premiere civic leadership development organization.

Mazen earned his J.D., with cum laude honors, from Northwestern University School of Law in 2000 and received a B.A. with high honors in political science and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan in 1996. He is currently attending Loyola University Law School to earn a LL.M. in Health Law.

Katie Grimes

Katie Grimes

Katie Grimes is the Communications and Outreach Manager at the Pillars Fund. She collaborates with the entire Pillars team to enhance the awareness and impact of the community of Muslim leaders and organizational partners and grows Pillars’ ability to respond to, curate, and shape conversations.

Prior to joining Pillars, Katie served as the Communication & Creative Media Specialist at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she led web development, graphic design, video editing, and email communications. In 2018, she co-received a Wilbur Award for her work editing ISPU’s “An America without Muslims?” video. Katie has also worked for publications such as agnes films, The Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and Exceptions Journal, taking on the roles of staff writer, copyeditor, and social media specialist.

Katie is a graduate of Michigan State University where she earned a BA in Professional Writing and minors in Religious Studies and Digital Humanities.

Iltefat Hamzavi

Iltefat Hamzavi is one of the founders of ISPU and a ISPU Board Founding Chair Emeritus. 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. In May 2017,  Dr. Hamzavi was awarded the title of Founding Chair Emeritus in recognition of his 15 years of service as board chair.

Iltefat Hamzavi
Jonathan Hayden

Jonathan Hayden

Jonathan Hayden is the Director of Operations at the Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center, a program from Leadership Foundations (LF). LF is a global network of 45 Local Leadership Foundations who are working to transform their cities for the better and Jonathan leads the effort to generate and scale programs, partnerships and best practices throughout the network and beyond. He has worked in the academic and non-profit sectors for 15+ years including stints at American University and ISPU. He attended The University Of Alabama and resides in Alexandria, VA.

Saeed Khan

Saeed A. Khan is an ISPU co-founder and scholar. He currently serves in the Department of History and Lecturer in the Department of Near East & Asian Studies at Wayne State University-Detroit, Michigan, where he teaches Islamic and Middle East History, Islamic Civilizations and History of Islamic Political Thought. Mr. Khan is also a Research Fellow at Wayne State University’s Center for the Study of Citizenship. He is also Adjunct Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy and at Rochester College, co-teaching a course on Muslim-Christian Diversity.

With areas of focus including US policy, globalization, Middle East and Islamic Studies, as well as genomics and bioethics, Mr. Khan has been a contributor to several media agencies, such as C-Span, NPR, Voice of America and the National Press Club, as well as newspapers and other outlets, and is also a consultant on Islamic and Middle East affairs for the BBC and the CBC. In addition, he has served as consultant to the US-Arab Economic Forum. Mr. Khan has founded the Center for the Study of Trans-Atlantic Diasporas, a think tank and policy center examining and comparing the condition of ethnic immigrant groups in North America and Europe, consulting the US and UK governments on their respective Muslim communities. Most recently, Mr. Khan has become co-host of the radio show “Detroit Today” on Detroit Public Radio.

Aamir Rehman

Aamir A. Rehman

Aamir Rehman served on the ISPU board of directors, and currently 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.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima Siddiqui was a member of the ISPU board of directors beginning in 2008. She served as board chair (2017–2018), chaired the nominations committee and served on the governance committee, and led the most recent executive director search for ISPU.

Ms. Siddiqui has a background in higher education and professional development. She most recently served as the Vice President of Development, Alumni and University Relations at The Washington Center. Prior to joining the Washington Center, she led career services at National University of Singapore Business School, building and strengthening recruiting and career counseling for 3000 MBA and BBA students. She also has served as vice president at Mom Corps, an innovative placement firm that works with companies to develop flexible staffing models. Before moving into education and career development, she worked in finance and community development.

Ms. Siddiqui holds a Master of Government Administration and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS from Northwestern University. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband, Kamran Khan, and her two children.

Saima Siddiqui

Kristin Waterbury

Kristin Waterbury is the Academic Program Specialist at the University of Michigan’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. She is passionate about documenting the histories of underrepresented groups in the metropolitan Detroit area. Her work has primarily focused on refugees and immigrants, specifically those who are Arab American and Muslim American. Kristin has previously worked with local and national institutions collaborating on grant and programming management, research, and development, including work at ISPU as a research assistant.

She also serves on the Livonia Historic Preservation Commission. Kristin holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and an MA in Public History from Wayne State University.

Muzammil Ahmed

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.

Mazen Asbahi

Mazen Asbahi previously was a board member at ISPU. He has over 20 years of experience working with clients in healthcare and corporate law. In healthcare, Mazen represents physicians, dentists and other providers, as well as start-up and growth stage companies in the healthcare and technology sectors on their respective transactional, regulatory and operational matters.

Mazen’s corporate law background encompasses serving as outside general counsel to fast-growing companies and representing entrepreneurs, investors, and executives in the areas of start-up, venture capital and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and general commercial matters.

With a strong commitment to serving the community, Mazen has served on a number of boards of directors and regularly counsels nonprofit boards and executives on governance, best practices, and day-to-day operational matters. Mazen is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, a premiere civic leadership development organization.

Mazen earned his J.D., with cum laude honors, from Northwestern University School of Law in 2000 and received a B.A. with high honors in political science and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan in 1996. He is currently attending Loyola University Law School to earn a LL.M. in Health Law.

Katie Grimes

Katie Grimes

Katie Grimes is the Communications and Outreach Manager at the Pillars Fund. She collaborates with the entire Pillars team to enhance the awareness and impact of the community of Muslim leaders and organizational partners and grows Pillars’ ability to respond to, curate, and shape conversations.

Prior to joining Pillars, Katie served as the Communication & Creative Media Specialist at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she led web development, graphic design, video editing, and email communications. In 2018, she co-received a Wilbur Award for her work editing ISPU’s “An America without Muslims?” video. Katie has also worked for publications such as agnes films, The Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and Exceptions Journal, taking on the roles of staff writer, copyeditor, and social media specialist.

Katie is a graduate of Michigan State University where she earned a BA in Professional Writing and minors in Religious Studies and Digital Humanities.

Iltefat Hamzavi

Iltefat Hamzavi

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. In May 2017,  Dr. Hamzavi was awarded the title of Founding Chair Emeritus in recognition of his 15 years of service as board chair.

Jonathan Hayden

Jonathan Hayden

Jonathan Hayden is the Director of Operations at the Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center, a program from Leadership Foundations (LF). LF is a global network of 45 Local Leadership Foundations who are working to transform their cities for the better and Jonathan leads the effort to generate and scale programs, partnerships and best practices throughout the network and beyond. He has worked in the academic and non-profit sectors for 15+ years including stints at American University and ISPU. He attended The University Of Alabama and resides in Alexandria, VA.

Saeed Khan

Saeed A. Khan is an ISPU co-founder and scholar. He currently serves in the Department of History and Lecturer in the Department of Near East & Asian Studies at Wayne State University-Detroit, Michigan, where he teaches Islamic and Middle East History, Islamic Civilizations and History of Islamic Political Thought. Mr. Khan is also a Research Fellow at Wayne State University’s Center for the Study of Citizenship. He is also Adjunct Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy and at Rochester College, co-teaching a course on Muslim-Christian Diversity.

With areas of focus including US policy, globalization, Middle East and Islamic Studies, as well as genomics and bioethics, Mr. Khan has been a contributor to several media agencies, such as C-Span, NPR, Voice of America and the National Press Club, as well as newspapers and other outlets, and is also a consultant on Islamic and Middle East affairs for the BBC and the CBC. In addition, he has served as consultant to the US-Arab Economic Forum. Mr. Khan has founded the Center for the Study of Trans-Atlantic Diasporas, a think tank and policy center examining and comparing the condition of ethnic immigrant groups in North America and Europe, consulting the US and UK governments on their respective Muslim communities. Most recently, Mr. Khan has become co-host of the radio show “Detroit Today” on Detroit Public Radio.

Aamir Rehman

Aamir A. Rehman

Aamir Rehman served on the ISPU board of directors, and currently 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.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima Siddiqui

Saima Siddiqui was a member of the ISPU board of directors beginning in 2008. She served as board chair (2017–2018), chaired the nominations committee and served on the governance committee, and led the most recent executive director search for ISPU.

Ms. Siddiqui has a background in higher education and professional development. She most recently served as the Vice President of Development, Alumni and University Relations at The Washington Center. Prior to joining the Washington Center, she led career services at National University of Singapore Business School, building and strengthening recruiting and career counseling for 3000 MBA and BBA students. She also has served as vice president at Mom Corps, an innovative placement firm that works with companies to develop flexible staffing models. Before moving into education and career development, she worked in finance and community development.

Ms. Siddiqui holds a Master of Government Administration and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS from Northwestern University. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband, Kamran Khan, and her two children.

Kristin Waterbury

Kristin Waterbury is the Academic Program Specialist at the University of Michigan’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. She is passionate about documenting the histories of underrepresented groups in the metropolitan Detroit area. Her work has primarily focused on refugees and immigrants, specifically those who are Arab American and Muslim American. Kristin has previously worked with local and national institutions collaborating on grant and programming management, research, and development, including work at ISPU as a research assistant.

She also serves on the Livonia Historic Preservation Commission. Kristin holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and an MA in Public History from Wayne State University.

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