Our Board of Directors

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
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.

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
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.

Moheeb Murray

Moheeb Murray is an attorney specializing in complex commercial litigation and insurance-coverage litigation matters. In addition to ISPU, he is active in many professional and community organizations, including serving as board chair of Zaman International, vice president of the Michigan Muslim Bar Association, vice chair of the Oakland County Circuit Court Business Court and Counsel Committee, past co-chair of the Insurance Practice Area Committee for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), and a member of the Professionals Network Committee of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, among other positions. Mr. Murray is a graduate of the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the University of Michigan Law School.

Moheeb Murray
Ahmad Nassar

Ahmad Nassar

Ahmad Nassar serves as the president of NFL Players Incorporated, the licensing and marketing business of the NFL Players Association. In that role, he oversees all operations of this $160M in annual revenue company. Mr. Nassar leads commercial negotiations with the NFL and key partners such as Electronic Arts, Nike, Fanatics, Uber, Panini, Topps, ESPN, and others. In addition, he frequently works with the players associations from the MLB, NBA, NHL, and MLS on business and legal issues of mutual importance. Mr. Nassar cofounded and led the launch of Athlete Content & Entertainment (ACE Media), a start-up company focused on delivering athlete lifestyle content across all media, as well as the OneTeam Collective, a unique accelerator built in collaboration with Kleiner Perkins, Harvard, Intel, and others. He currently serves as board chairman of both ACE Media and the OneTeam Collective, and serves as a board member for the University of Michigan’s Sports Management Program and the American Bar Association’s Sports Division. Mr. Nassar was a recipient of Sports Business Journal’s prestigious Forty Under 40 award and previously taught Sports Law at Georgetown University for several years. He is frequently quoted in the press and speaks at conferences and conventions nationwide.

Mr. Nassar received his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago School of Law and graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan. Following law school, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Denise Page Hood, Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Michigan. Prior to joining the NFLPA, Mr. Nassar worked in the Washington, DC, offices of law firms Latham and Watkins and Patton Boggs. There he counseled clients in a variety of practice areas, including white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, antitrust and intellectual property issues, and a wide range of matters affecting labor unions.

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
Saima Siddiqui

Saima Siddiqui

Saima Siddiqui has been a member of the ISPU board of directors since 2008. She served as board chair (2017–2018), has 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 currently serves as Vice President of Development 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.

Shariq Siddiqui

Dr. Shariq Siddiqui is the executive director of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), a leading international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy, and civil society. Dr. Siddiqui also serves as the coeditor of the new Journal on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society, which will be in published through a partnership of the Center on American Muslim Philanthropy and Indiana University – Indianapolis University Library. Prior to taking over the helm of ARNOVA, he was Director of Development for the Indiana University School of Education. Dr. Siddiqui has taught and has served in leadership roles in the local, regional, national, and international nonprofit organizations for over 15 years. He has been teaching since 2008 for many institutions at the undergraduate and graduate level and has also taught professional development courses geared toward nonprofit managers and leaders.

Dr. Siddiqui’s volunteer service includes the American Muslim Peace Mission to Darfur; Indiana’s Circles Out of Poverty; Interfaith Delegation to Kenya investigating support for orphans and vulnerable children through education; Common Cause Interfaith Delegation to Vietnam on Agent Orange; Fatimid Foundation serving people with blood disorders in Pakistan; and ObatHelpers, providing micro-financing, education, and job training to people in Bangladesh. He is the founder of the Center on American Muslim Philanthropy and the Association of Muslim Nonprofit Professionals. He currently also serves on the board of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Dr. Siddiqui has a PhD and MA in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He also has JD from the McKinney School of Law at Indiana University and holds a BA in History from the University of Indianapolis.

Shariq Siddiqui

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.

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.

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.

Moheeb Murray

Moheeb Murray

Moheeb Murray is an attorney specializing in complex commercial litigation and insurance-coverage litigation matters. In addition to ISPU, he is active in many professional and community organizations, including serving as board chair of Zaman International, vice president of the Michigan Muslim Bar Association, vice chair of the Oakland County Circuit Court Business Court and Counsel Committee, past co-chair of the Insurance Practice Area Committee for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), and a member of the Professionals Network Committee of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, among other positions. Mr. Murray is a graduate of the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the University of Michigan Law School.

Ahmad Nassar

Ahmad Nassar

Ahmad Nassar serves as the president of NFL Players Incorporated, the licensing and marketing business of the NFL Players Association. In that role, he oversees all operations of this $160M in annual revenue company. Mr. Nassar leads commercial negotiations with the NFL and key partners such as Electronic Arts, Nike, Fanatics, Uber, Panini, Topps, ESPN, and others. In addition, he frequently works with the players associations from the MLB, NBA, NHL, and MLS on business and legal issues of mutual importance. Mr. Nassar cofounded and led the launch of Athlete Content & Entertainment (ACE Media), a start-up company focused on delivering athlete lifestyle content across all media, as well as the OneTeam Collective, a unique accelerator built in collaboration with Kleiner Perkins, Harvard, Intel, and others. He currently serves as board chairman of both ACE Media and the OneTeam Collective, and serves as a board member for the University of Michigan’s Sports Management Program and the American Bar Association’s Sports Division. Mr. Nassar was a recipient of Sports Business Journal’s prestigious Forty Under 40 award and previously taught Sports Law at Georgetown University for several years. He is frequently quoted in the press and speaks at conferences and conventions nationwide.

Mr. Nassar received his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago School of Law and graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan. Following law school, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Denise Page Hood, Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Michigan. Prior to joining the NFLPA, Mr. Nassar worked in the Washington, DC, offices of law firms Latham and Watkins and Patton Boggs. There he counseled clients in a variety of practice areas, including white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, antitrust and intellectual property issues, and a wide range of matters affecting labor unions.

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.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima Siddiqui

Saima Siddiqui has been a member of the ISPU board of directors since 2008. She served as board chair (2017–2018), has 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 currently serves as the Managing Director of College and University Relations at The Washington Center. Prior to that, 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.

Shariq Siddiqui

Shariq Siddiqui

Dr. Shariq Siddiqui is the executive director of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), a leading international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy, and civil society. Dr. Siddiqui also serves as the coeditor of the new Journal on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society, which will be in published through a partnership of the Center on American Muslim Philanthropy and Indiana University – Indianapolis University Library. Prior to taking over the helm of ARNOVA, he was Director of Development for the Indiana University School of Education. Dr. Siddiqui has taught and has served in leadership roles in the local, regional, national, and international nonprofit organizations for over 15 years. He has been teaching since 2008 for many institutions at the undergraduate and graduate level and has also taught professional development courses geared toward nonprofit managers and leaders.

Dr. Siddiqui’s volunteer service includes the American Muslim Peace Mission to Darfur; Indiana’s Circles Out of Poverty; Interfaith Delegation to Kenya investigating support for orphans and vulnerable children through education; Common Cause Interfaith Delegation to Vietnam on Agent Orange; Fatimid Foundation serving people with blood disorders in Pakistan; and ObatHelpers, providing micro-financing, education, and job training to people in Bangladesh. He is the founder of the Center on American Muslim Philanthropy and the Association of Muslim Nonprofit Professionals. He currently also serves on the board of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Dr. Siddiqui has a PhD and MA in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He also has JD from the McKinney School of Law at Indiana University and holds a BA in History from the University of Indianapolis.

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