Our Staff

Meira Neggaz

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, to cultivate relationships with community leaders, policy makers, scholars, partner institutions and stakeholders, and to broaden the reach and impact of ISPU’s research. Before joining ISPU, Meira served as 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, provided technical advice, 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. More about Meira’s work.

Dalia Mogahed

Director of Research

Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she leads the organization’s pioneering research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims. 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 co-authored 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. Her 2016 TED talk was named one of the top TED talks that year. She is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. She is also the CEO of Mogahed Consulting. More about Dalia’s work.

Dalia Mogahed

Nadia Ahmed

Director of Finance

Nadia Ahmed is the Director of Finance 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, she 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 bachelor’s degree in Accounting from DePaul University and a master’s degree in Non-Profit Management.

Amal Beydoun

Senior Development Manager

Amal Beydoun currently serves as Senior Development Manager at the ISPU, where she leads the development and advancement of a strong, diversified resource development nationwide to achieve fundraising and strategic goals. Prior to joining ISPU, Amal served as Deputy Director at the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, where she managed the organization’s daily activities. Amal also served as Human Resources Director at Hamadeh Educational Services, where she oversaw human resources activities at six buildings housing over 350 employees. She led several initiatives aimed at increasing efficiency, streamlining processes and empowering employees. Amal’s areas of expertise include resource development, strategic talent acquisition, employee relations, performance management, internal audits and compliance. Amal is passionate about fostering a collaborative workplace, and has played an instrumental role in mentoring and coaching new supervisors and emerging leaders. Amal completed her undergraduate studies in International Affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and received her Master of Business Administration in 2012.

Amal Beydoun
Katherine Coplen

Katherine Coplen

Senior Communications Manager

Katherine Coplen is the Senior Communications Manager at ISPU, where she coordinates media engagement and outreach, assists with the research publication process, and measures ISPU’s impact. She is formerly the editor of Indianapolis-based alt-weekly NUVO Newsweekly, where she oversaw reporting on statehouse politics, music, arts and culture, and environmental affairs. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a BA in English Literature and History.

Sahil Badruddin

Project Manager

Sahil Badruddin is the Project Manager for ISPU’s Research Department. Along with managing research, he leads efforts related to the annual ISPU Young Scholar Award and engages in DC-area outreach, helping ISPU’s data reach policy makers, leaders, and other change makers. Sahil is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and majored in Chemical Engineering, Religious Studies (selected coursework in Islamic Studies), and History. In his spare time, he conducts interviews for various platforms of scholars, leaders, and educators for their insights on contemporary issues. Some of his past interview guests include Eboo Patel, Wajahat Ali, and Reza Aslan.

Sahil Badruddin
Sarrah Buageila

Sarrah Buageila

Outreach Manager

Sarrah Buageila is the Outreach Manager for ISPU’s Research Department. Sarrah spent 11 years at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan where she has worked as an Interviewer, Research Assistant, and Project Manager within the Project Design and Management Group. She primarily worked on the National Survey of Family Growth, a study of the National Center for Health Statistics. Sarrah has co-authored papers for the International Field Directors and Technologies Conference and the American Association for Public Opinion Research Conference. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and has completed graduate work toward a Master of Liberal Arts in American Studies.

Katie Grimes

Communication & Creative Media Specialist

Katie Grimes is the Communication & Creative Media Specialist at ISPU, where she leads web development, graphic design, video editing, and communication efforts related to ISPU’s Development Department. Her responsibilities also include assisting with publications, social media, and email communication. Before joining ISPU, Katie worked for publications such as agnes filmsThe Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and Exceptions Journal, taking on the roles of staff writer, copy editor, 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.

Katie Grimes
Nancy Titus

Nancy Titus

Administrative Assistant

Nancy Titus is the Administrative Assistant at ISPU, where she specializes in data and information management, administration, and logistics coordination. Nancy brings to ISPU over four decades of administrative and organizational experience, ranging from FEMA grant management to the coordination of humanitarian social service programs. After working for 14 years for the West Virginia Department of Transportation coordinating the documentation of multi-million dollar disaster projects, she moved to Michigan to raise her family. Since that time, Nancy’s skills for creating effective operating procedures and establishing professional and efficient office work environments have served her well at two Detroit-area Islamic schools, Zaman International, and now ISPU.

Meira Neggaz

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, to cultivate relationships with community leaders, policy makers, scholars, partner institutions and stakeholders, and to broaden the reach and impact of ISPU’s research. Before joining ISPU, Meira served as 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, provided technical advice, 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. More about Meira’s work.

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed

Director of Research

Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she leads the organization’s pioneering research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims. 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 co-authored 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. Her 2016 TED talk was named one of the top TED talks that year. She is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. She is also the CEO of Mogahed Consulting. More about Dalia’s work.

Nadia Ahmed

Director of Finance

Nadia Ahmed is the Director of Finance 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, she 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 bachelor’s degree in Accounting from DePaul University and a master’s degree in Non-Profit Management.

Amal Beydoun

Amal Beydoun

Senior Development Manager

Amal Beydoun currently serves as Senior Development Manager at the ISPU, where she leads the development and advancement of a strong, diversified resource development nationwide to achieve fundraising and strategic goals. Prior to joining ISPU, Amal served as Deputy Director at the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, where she managed the organization’s daily activities. Amal also served as Human Resources Director at Hamadeh Educational Services, where she oversaw human resources activities at six buildings housing over 350 employees. She led several initiatives aimed at increasing efficiency, streamlining processes and empowering employees. Amal’s areas of expertise include resource development, strategic talent acquisition, employee relations, performance management, internal audits and compliance. Amal is passionate about fostering a collaborative workplace, and has played an instrumental role in mentoring and coaching new supervisors and emerging leaders. Amal completed her undergraduate studies in International Affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and received her Master of Business Administration in 2012.

Katherine Coplen

Katherine Coplen

Senior Communications Manager

Katherine Coplen is the Senior Communications Manager at ISPU, where she coordinates media engagement and outreach, assists with the research publication process, and measures ISPU’s impact. She is formerly the editor of Indianapolis-based alt-weekly NUVO Newsweekly, where she oversaw reporting on statehouse politics, music, arts and culture, and environmental affairs. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a BA in English Literature and History.

Sahil Badruddin

Sahil Badruddin

Project Manager

Sahil Badruddin is the Project Manager for ISPU’s Research Department. Along with managing research, he leads efforts related to the annual ISPU Young Scholar Award and engages in DC-area outreach, helping ISPU’s data reach policy makers, leaders, and other change makers. Sahil is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and majored in Chemical Engineering, Religious Studies (selected coursework in Islamic Studies), and History. In his spare time, he conducts interviews for various platforms of scholars, leaders, and educators for their insights on contemporary issues. Some of his past interview guests include Eboo Patel, Wajahat Ali, and Reza Aslan.

Sarrah Buageila

Sarrah Buageila

Outreach Manager

Sarrah Buageila is the Outreach Manager for ISPU’s Research Department. Sarrah spent 11 years at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan where she has worked as an Interviewer, Research Assistant, and Project Manager within the Project Design and Management Group. She primarily worked on the National Survey of Family Growth, a study of the National Center for Health Statistics. Sarrah has co-authored papers for the International Field Directors and Technologies Conference and the American Association for Public Opinion Research Conference. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and has completed graduate work toward a Master of Liberal Arts in American Studies.

Katie Grimes

Katie Grimes

Communication & Creative Media Specialist

Katie Grimes is the Communication & Creative Media Specialist at ISPU, where she leads web development, graphic design, video editing, and communication efforts related to ISPU’s Development Department. Her responsibilities also include assisting with publications, social media, and email communication. Before joining ISPU, Katie worked for publications such as agnes filmsThe Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and Exceptions Journal, taking on the roles of staff writer, copy editor, 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.

Nancy Titus

Nancy Titus

Administrative Assistant

Nancy Titus is the Administrative Assistant at ISPU, where she specializes in data and information management, administration, and logistics coordination. Nancy brings to ISPU over four decades of administrative and organizational experience, ranging from FEMA grant management to the coordination of humanitarian social service programs. After working for 14 years for the West Virginia Department of Transportation coordinating the documentation of multi-million dollar disaster projects, she moved to Michigan to raise her family. Since that time, Nancy’s skills for creating effective operating procedures and establishing professional and efficient office work environments have served her well at two Detroit-area Islamic schools, Zaman International, and now ISPU.