Our Board of Directors

ISPU’s 2020 board of directors shares what serving on the ISPU board means to them.

2020 Center for Nonprofit Advancement Board Leadership Award

Mustafa Ahmed

Board Chair

Mustafa M. Ahmed is an Associate 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.

Marwa Zohdy

Vice Chair

Marwa J. Zohdy is the Vice President of Global Consulting Services for Joint Commission International (JCI), where she leads a global team of 150 consultants to help healthcare providers around the world achieve excellence in quality and patient safety. Previously, Dr. Zohdy worked at McKinsey & Company, where she helped to address strategic challenges in healthcare, working with with top leaders in hospitals, academic medical centers, and national and regional ministries of health across the U.S., U.K., Middle East, and North Africa. She has also worked closely with the City of Chicago, leading the development and implementation of the region’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs.

Dr. Zohdy holds a PhD and MS in Biomedical Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Marwa Zohdy
Raazi Imam

Raazi Imam

Treasurer

Raazi Imam is a co-founder and partner with Unlock Ventures. He is also chairman of the board of directors at Caiman Consulting, a management consulting firm he co-founded in 2004. Raazi started his career in mutual fund trading before moving on to management consulting with Arthur Anderson, Bearing Point, and Hitachi Consulting. He has advised executives around the globe in a variety of industries including fintech, wireless technologies, gaming, e-commerce, and Saas. Notable clients include Microsoft, Facebook, eBay, PayPal, Capital One, JP Morgan, AT&T Wireless, and Electronic Arts. Raazi has also served on the board of directors of Friends of the Children and the Seattle chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization. In 2012, Raazi was recognized as a ‘40 under 40’ business leader. Since then, he has judged the competition multiple years and continues to find and support talented entrepreneurs nationally.

Raazi holds a degree in management information systems and finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and their three children and enjoys spending time with his kids, traveling, food, cars, and documentaries.

Kashif Poshni

Secretary

Dr. Kashif Poshni received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. He completed his surgical residency program as Chief Resident of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Poshni is currently in private practice and an active educator in Maxillofacial trauma at the surgical resident level. He has received numerous awards for his dedication and work, such as the Washington Hospital Center’s Chairman’s Award (2000). Dr. Poshni has performed several medical research studies and has been published in various journals, including the Journal of Eastern Psychological Association. Also, he was a former president of the Maryland Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

Kashif Poshni
Luna Banuri

Luna Banuri

Luna Banuri is a seasoned consultant in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors with a background in legal education and 25 years of experience in strategy, community, and organizational development. Some of her former clients include UNDP, UNICEF, ADB, and the World Bank. She is the founder and director of TeleTaleem, a nonprofit that leverages the power of technology, innovative approaches, and partnerships to solve the toughest global development challenges in education in her native country of Pakistan. Since relocating to Salt Lake City from Chicago in 2014, Luna has been deeply involved with her local community. She is currently a founding board member and executive director for the Utah Muslim Civic League, where she has established a network to amplify Muslim voices across the state. She was appointed to the Mayor of Salt Lake City’s Human Rights Commission in 2018 and to the Governor of Utah’s MLK Commission in 2019. Luna is also a board member at the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy and Spy Hop, among others.

M. Gasby Brown

M. Gasby Brown is a philanthropy consultant who has been instrumental in building nonprofit boards, creating and conducting fundraising campaigns, and coaching executives, development staff, and volunteers across the country. Since establishing her own philanthropic consultancy 14 years ago, she has helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for her diverse portfolio of clients. Ms. Brown has a passion for nonprofits, especially faith-based organizations, and has held executive positions in organizations such as Greenpeace, National Urban League, and The Washington National Opera. As the CEO of a full service start-up, Bridge Philanthropic Consulting (BPC), and a faculty member of The Fund Raising School at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Ms. Brown has trained a full range of fundraising professionals, including those from Oxford University in England and Moi University in Kenya. She is also the author of Art of Praise, 7 Fatal Flaws of Non Profit Boards & How To Fix Them, Leadership With Impact, 7 Successful Qualities for Capital Campaigns, and The Business of a Spiritual Matter (forthcoming).

Ms. Brown holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. She resides in metropolitan Washington, DC, with her husband, Kenneth, and is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden.

M. Gasby Brown
Dr. Aisha El-Amin

Aisha El-Amin

Dr. Aisha El-Amin holds a PhD in policy studies of urban education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is passionate about issues of equity and justice in education. These passions have led her to become a certified teacher, a professor, an elected school board member, and board member for Routledge journal Religion and Education. As a higher education leader and administrator, Dr. El-Amin has served in various roles, including that of a grant manager, executive director, and associate dean. She currently serves as the Associate Provost and Chief of Staff for the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. El-Amin’s activism is best captured in her past and present leadership roles with various Chicago-based organizations, including Teachers for Social Justice, Bridging the Gap, Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chicago, and Masjid Al-Taqwa.

Reem El Shafaki

Reem El Shafaki is senior associate at DinarStandard, a growth strategy research and advisory firm empowering organizations for profitable and responsible global impact. DinarStandard specializes in halal/tayyab food, the Muslim-friendly and sustainable travel market, and Islamic/ethical finance. Reem leads DinarStandard’s travel sector practice. Her recent projects include developing the halal travel marketing campaign strategy for Indonesia, leading the team that implemented a Halal Travel Benefits Program in South East Asia for a global technology and payment processing firm, delivering a Muslim travel market opportunity workshop, developing a travel portal marketing plan and campaign, and authoring the Muslim travel section of the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2013–2019. Reem has worked with clients such as Thomson Reuters, MasterCard, and the Marriott. Reem frequently speaks at industry events, including ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, and the Global Islamic Economy Summit. Before joining DinarStandard, Reem provided marketing consulting to small businesses in the U.S. and held marketing and managerial positions within both the banking and cosmetics industries. Reem holds a BA in English from Ain Shams University in Cairo, as well as the CIM Advanced Marketing Certificate from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK.

Reem El Shafaki - DinarStandard
Colleen Ezzeddine

Colleen Ezzeddine

Colleen M. Ezzeddine, PhD,  is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University and provides speech writing and communication consulting through her private practice, specializing in helping non-native English speakers with their public speaking. She was elected to the Board of Directors of Health Alliance Plan (HAP) of Michigan, Inc. in 2013 and is in her second term on the board. She has served on HAP’s Wise Woman Advisory Council and has appeared on Detroit radio and television programs to promote HAP’s Cook eKitchen™ web-based recipe and cooking video program. As a board member of Zaman International, a nonprofit organization that assists marginalized women and children, she identifies and implements communication and database management solutions for the organization. She is a graduate of Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and is a past president of its alumnae board. She earned a doctorate in organizational communication from Wayne State University, a master’s degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, and a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University.

Sadaf Hossain

Sadaf Hossain has a career background in business strategy, B2B and B2C enterprise software, healthcare, and entrepreneurship. He is currently a global business strategist at SAP and has founded/co-founded three brands in natural food and healthcare. He is also an active angel investor for early-stage start-ups, including currently serving as a managing director at Golden Seeds, an early-stage investment firm. Sadaf enjoys supporting nonprofits as well; he has served as a co-founder and former board member of Mariam Clinic in Raleigh, North Carolina, and as a strategy consultant with Compass DC.

Sadaf holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently based in the New York City metro area.

Sadaf Hossain
Oussama Mezoui

Oussama Mezoui

Oussama Mezoui is a passionate nonprofit executive working in the field of international relief and development. His focus this past decade has been on organizational development, operational competence, and program management. Oussama is the founder of Penny Appeal USA, a 501(c)(3) humanitarian relief and development organization working to alleviate poverty both domestically and overseas. Since launching in July 2016, the organization has successfully raised over five million dollars in support of their programs. He also serves as the board secretary of Our Three Winners Foundation, an organization focused on tackling implicit biases as a means to prevent prejudice against minorities. The foundation was established after the tragic murder of three young American Muslims in North Carolina in 2015.

Oussama has a BA in history from Queen Mary University of London and an LLB from the University of Oxford, where he attended Somerville College. He also holds a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Executive Management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

Monem Salam

Monem Salam is executive vice president and a director of Saturna Capital. He received his degrees from the University of Texas: BA (Austin) and MBA (Dallas).

He worked as the Chief Investment Officer for ITG & Associates (Dallas) until 1999, then as a representative with Morgan Stanley (suburban Dallas) until joining Saturna Capital in June 2003. He served as the Director of Islamic investing and a Deputy Portfolio Manager to the Amana Mutual Funds Trust until moving to Kuala Lumpur in 2012 to oversee Saturna Sdn. Bhd. In 2018, he returned to the United States and resumed his role as Deputy Portfolio Manager of the Amana Income, Amana Growth, and Amana Developing World Funds.

Monem is adjunct professor at IE Business School and speaks at Islamic finance/investment conferences worldwide. He is co-author of A Muslim’s Guide to Investing and Personal Finance. Monem has authored chapters on Islamic Investing in both Contemporary Islamic Finance and Islamic Capital Markets, and he contributes articles to leading Islamic financial magazines. As a mark of recognition of his achievements in Islamic economy, Monem was ranked among 500 of the Islamic world’s most prominent and influential leaders by ISLAMICA 500 in 2015.

Monem Salam
Shariq Siddiqui

Shariq Siddiqui

Dr. Shariq Siddiqui serves as the assistant professor of philanthropic studies and director of the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Shariq has a PhD and MA in philanthropic studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He also has a JD from the McKinney School of Law at Indiana University and holds a BA in history from the University of Indianapolis.

Shariq authors research on Muslim philanthropy and the Muslim nonprofit sector. Most recently, he conducted a national survey of full-time Islamic schools in the United States. This project resulted in the book (which he co-authored) Islamic Education in the United States and the Evolution of Muslim Nonprofit Institutions that will be published in November 2017. Shariq also serves as the co-editor of the new Journal of Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society and Journal of Education in Muslim Societies, and as the series editor of the Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society book series.  All three of these are published by Indiana University Press. He has served as a nonprofit practitioner for over 20 years for international, national, regional, and local nonprofit organizations.

Previously, Shariq served as the executive director of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). ARNOVA is a leading international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy, and civil society.

Iltefat Hamzavi

Founding Chair Emeritus

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.

Iltefat Hamzavi

Mustafa Ahmed

Board Chair

Mustafa M. Ahmed is an Associate 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.

Marwa Zohdy

Marwa Zohdy

Vice Chair

Marwa J. Zohdy is the Vice President of Global Consulting Services for Joint Commission International (JCI), where she leads a global team of 150 consultants to help healthcare providers around the world achieve excellence in quality and patient safety. Previously, Dr. Zohdy worked at McKinsey & Company, where she helped to address strategic challenges in healthcare, working with with top leaders in hospitals, academic medical centers, and national and regional ministries of health across the U.S., U.K., Middle East, and North Africa. She has also worked closely with the City of Chicago, leading the development and implementation of the region’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs.

Dr. Zohdy holds a PhD and MS in Biomedical Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Raazi Imam

Raazi Imam

Treasurer

Raazi Imam is a co-founder and partner with Unlock Ventures. He is also chairman of the board of directors at Caiman Consulting, a management consulting firm he co-founded in 2004. Raazi started his career in mutual fund trading before moving on to management consulting with Arthur Anderson, Bearing Point, and Hitachi Consulting. He has advised executives around the globe in a variety of industries including fintech, wireless technologies, gaming, e-commerce, and Saas. Notable clients include Microsoft, Facebook, eBay, PayPal, Capital One, JP Morgan, AT&T Wireless, and Electronic Arts. Raazi has also served on the board of directors of Friends of the Children and the Seattle chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization. In 2012, Raazi was recognized as a ‘40 under 40’ business leader. Since then, he has judged the competition multiple years and continues to find and support talented entrepreneurs nationally.

Raazi holds a degree in management information systems and finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and their three children and enjoys spending time with his kids, traveling, food, cars, and documentaries.

Kashif Poshni

Kashif Poshni

Secretary

Dr. Kashif Poshni received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. He completed his surgical residency program as Chief Resident of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Poshni is currently in private practice and an active educator in Maxillofacial trauma at the surgical resident level. He has received numerous awards for his dedication and work, such as the Washington Hospital Center’s Chairman’s Award (2000). Dr. Poshni has performed several medical research studies and has been published in various journals, including the Journal of Eastern Psychological Association. Also, he was a former president of the Maryland Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

Luna Banuri

Luna Banuri

Luna Banuri is a seasoned consultant in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors with a background in legal education and 25 years of experience in strategy, community, and organizational development. Some of her former clients include UNDP, UNICEF, ADB, and the World Bank. She is the founder and director of TeleTaleem, a nonprofit that leverages the power of technology, innovative approaches, and partnerships to solve the toughest global development challenges in education in her native country of Pakistan. Since relocating to Salt Lake City from Chicago in 2014, Luna has been deeply involved with her local community. She is currently a founding board member and executive director for the Utah Muslim Civic League, where she has established a network to amplify Muslim voices across the state. She was appointed to the Mayor of Salt Lake City’s Human Rights Commission in 2018 and to the Governor of Utah’s MLK Commission in 2019. Luna is also a board member at the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy and Spy Hop, among others.

M. Gasby Brown

M. Gasby Brown

M. Gasby Brown is a philanthropy consultant who has been instrumental in building nonprofit boards, creating and conducting fundraising campaigns, and coaching executives, development staff, and volunteers across the country. Since establishing her own philanthropic consultancy 14 years ago, she has helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for her diverse portfolio of clients. Ms. Brown has a passion for nonprofits, especially faith-based organizations, and has held executive positions in organizations such as Greenpeace, National Urban League, and The Washington National Opera. As the CEO of a full service start-up, Bridge Philanthropic Consulting (BPC), and a faculty member of The Fund Raising School at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Ms. Brown has trained a full range of fundraising professionals, including those from Oxford University in England and Moi University in Kenya. She is also the author of Art of Praise, 7 Fatal Flaws of Non Profit Boards & How To Fix Them, Leadership With Impact, 7 Successful Qualities for Capital Campaigns, and The Business of a Spiritual Matter (forthcoming).

Ms. Brown holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. She resides in metropolitan Washington, DC, with her husband, Kenneth, and is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden.

Dr. Aisha El-Amin

Aisha El-Amin

Dr. Aisha El-Amin holds a PhD in policy studies of urban education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is passionate about issues of equity and justice in education. These passions have led her to become a certified teacher, a professor, an elected school board member, and board member for Routledge journal Religion and Education. As a higher education leader and administrator, Dr. El-Amin has served in various roles, including that of a grant manager, executive director, and associate dean. She currently serves as the Associate Provost and Chief of Staff for the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. El-Amin’s activism is best captured in her past and present leadership roles with various Chicago-based organizations, including Teachers for Social Justice, Bridging the Gap, Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chicago, and Masjid Al-Taqwa.

Reem El Shafaki

Reem El Shafaki

Reem El Shafaki is Senior Associate at DinarStandard, a growth strategy research and advisory firm empowering organizations for profitable and responsible global impact. DinarStandard specializes in halal/tayyab food, the Muslim-friendly and sustainable travel market, and Islamic/ethical finance. Reem leads DinarStandard’s travel sector practice. Her recent projects include developing the halal travel marketing campaign strategy for Indonesia, leading the team that implemented a Halal Travel Benefits Program in South East Asia for a global technology and payment processing firm, delivering a Muslim travel market opportunity workshop, developing a travel portal marketing plan and campaign, and authoring the Muslim travel section of the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2013–2019. Reem has worked with clients such as Thomson Reuters, MasterCard, and the Marriott. Reem frequently speaks at industry events, including ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, and the Global Islamic Economy Summit. Before joining DinarStandard, Reem provided marketing consulting to small businesses in the U.S. and held marketing and managerial positions within both the banking and cosmetics industries. Reem holds a BA in English from Ain Shams University in Cairo, as well as the CIM Advanced Marketing Certificate from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK.

Colleen Ezzeddine

Colleen Ezzeddine

Colleen M. Ezzeddine, PhD,  is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University and provides speech writing and communication consulting through her private practice, specializing in helping non-native English speakers with their public speaking. She was elected to the Board of Directors of Health Alliance Plan (HAP) of Michigan, Inc. in 2013 and is in her second term on the board. She has served on HAP’s Wise Woman Advisory Council and has appeared on Detroit radio and television programs to promote HAP’s Cook eKitchen™ web-based recipe and cooking video program. As a board member of Zaman International, a nonprofit organization that assists marginalized women and children, she identifies and implements communication and database management solutions for the organization. She is a graduate of Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and is a past president of its alumnae board. She earned a doctorate in organizational communication from Wayne State University, a master’s degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, and a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University.

Sadaf Hossain

Sadaf Hossain

Sadaf Hossain has a career background in business strategy, B2B and B2C enterprise software, healthcare, and entrepreneurship. He is currently a global business strategist at SAP and has founded/co-founded three brands in natural food and healthcare. He is also an active angel investor for early-stage start-ups, including currently serving as a managing director at Golden Seeds, an early-stage investment firm. Sadaf enjoys supporting nonprofits as well; he has served as a co-founder and former board member of Mariam Clinic in Raleigh, North Carolina, and as a strategy consultant with Compass DC.

Sadaf holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently based in the New York City metro area.

Oussama Mezoui

Oussama Mezoui

Oussama Mezoui is a passionate nonprofit executive working in the field of international relief and development. His focus this past decade has been on organizational development, operational competence, and program management. Oussama is the founder of Penny Appeal USA, a 501(c)(3) humanitarian relief and development organization working to alleviate poverty both domestically and overseas. Since launching in July 2016, the organization has successfully raised over five million dollars in support of their programs. He also serves as the board secretary of Our Three Winners Foundation, an organization focused on tackling implicit biases as a means to prevent prejudice against minorities. The foundation was established after the tragic murder of three young American Muslims in North Carolina in 2015.

Oussama has a BA in history from Queen Mary University of London and an LLB from the University of Oxford, where he attended Somerville College. He also holds a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Executive Management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

Monem Salam

Monem Salam

Monem Salam is executive vice president and a director of Saturna Capital. He received his degrees from the University of Texas: BA (Austin) and MBA (Dallas).

He worked as the Chief Investment Officer for ITG & Associates (Dallas) until 1999, then as a representative with Morgan Stanley (suburban Dallas) until joining Saturna Capital in June 2003. He served as the Director of Islamic investing and a Deputy Portfolio Manager to the Amana Mutual Funds Trust until moving to Kuala Lumpur in 2012 to oversee Saturna Sdn. Bhd. In 2018, he returned to the United States and resumed his role as Deputy Portfolio Manager of the Amana Income, Amana Growth, and Amana Developing World Funds.

Monem is adjunct professor at IE Business School and speaks at Islamic finance/investment conferences worldwide. He is co-author of A Muslim’s Guide to Investing and Personal Finance. Monem has authored chapters on Islamic Investing in both Contemporary Islamic Finance and Islamic Capital Markets, and he contributes articles to leading Islamic financial magazines. As a mark of recognition of his achievements in Islamic economy, Monem was ranked among 500 of the Islamic world’s most prominent and influential leaders by ISLAMICA 500 in 2015.

Shariq Siddiqui

Shariq Siddiqui

Dr. Shariq Siddiqui serves as the assistant professor of philanthropic studies and director of the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Shariq has a PhD and MA in philanthropic studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He also has a JD from the McKinney School of Law at Indiana University and holds a BA in history from the University of Indianapolis.

Shariq authors research on Muslim philanthropy and the Muslim nonprofit sector. Most recently, he conducted a national survey of full-time Islamic schools in the United States. This project resulted in the book (which he co-authored) Islamic Education in the United States and the Evolution of Muslim Nonprofit Institutions that will be published in November 2017. Shariq also serves as the co-editor of the new Journal of Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society and Journal of Education in Muslim Societies, and as the series editor of the Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society book series.  All three of these are published by Indiana University Press. He has served as a nonprofit practitioner for over 20 years for international, national, regional, and local nonprofit organizations.

Previously, Shariq served as the executive director of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). ARNOVA is a leading international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy, and civil society.

Iltefat Hamzavi

Iltefat Hamzavi

Founding Chair Emeritus

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.

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