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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Babikir is the Development Associate at ISPU, where he leads key fundraising strategies and supports the overall donor engagement strategy. Babikir holds five years experience working in international development, mostly in fundraising capacities, both in the U.S. and with international organizations in Sudan. Babikir is a graduate of George Mason University, Virginia where he earned a BA in Global Affairs and minor in Business Administration.
Sarrah Buageila is the Project 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.
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 films, The 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 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.