Session 5K and 6K - Room 33 - 10 am to 11:15 am and 11:30 am to 12:45 pm
Muslim Entrepreneurs’ Showcase - Session 1 and 2 (both organized with CAMP)
SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2010
Session 10 I - Room 31 -10 am to 11:15 am
Islam, Ethics, Personal Finance and Investing (CAMP)
Session 12 I - Room 31 - 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Building Sustainable Organizations through Strategic Philanthropy
Sushi Samba Rio - CAMP Annual Dinner (ISNA Weekend) - 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Bios (In Alphabetical Order):
AMER AHMAD, Deputy State Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer for the State of Ohio Treasury
Amer Ahmad is the Deputy State Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer for the State of Ohio Treasury. Appointed by Treasurer Kevin L. Boyce, Amer has direct responsibility for state investments, debt issuances and custodial relationships for the State of Ohio. In addition to overseeing all operational functions of the Ohio Treasury, Amer is responsible for managing over $11 billion in state investments, including a large long-term fixed income portfolio and over $2.5 billion in a short-term liquidity portfolio; a $7 billion local government investment pool and over $150 billion in custodial assets for Ohio’s five pension systems. Amer’s team also manages over $9 billion in state debt obligations and collects over $16 billion per year in revenue on behalf of the state.
Prior to becoming a public servant, Amer was a Vice President at William Blair & Company, LLC , a middle-market investment banking firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. At William Blair, Amer worked in the Corporate Finance Department for seven years, in both the Consumer/Retail Group and the Financial Sponsors Group. Amer has also served as an advisor to the President of Estonia and worked at Wasserstein Perella & Co. in both New York and Tokyo.
Amer received his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and his Bachelors degree in Political Science from Columbia University. As a college senior, Amer was a semi-finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.
Amer, an Ohio native, lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, Samar Kaukab Ahmad, a graduate of the Ohio State University for both her law school and undergraduate degrees. Together they have two daughters.
HAARIS AHMAD, Founder and President, iLEARNED Online, LLC
Haaris Ahmad is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and social activist. Haaris is the founder and president of iLEARNED Online, LLC an online tutoring company focused on K-12 education (www.ilearnedonline.com). He is also the co-founder and president of FindLocums, LLC, an online matching service for healthcare professional staffing (www.findlocums.com). As a strategic partner and representative for several healthcare information technology, operational, and consulting firms, Haaris is also working on multiple initiatives with various healthcare professionals and groups that are in the early stages.
Networking and sharing experience are important to Haaris; therefore, Haaris takes a keen interest in advising other entrepreneurs wherever helpful. Haaris co-founded the American Learning Institute for Muslims (ALIM) and is the current president of the Board of Trustees. He also serves on the board of the Michigan Muslim Bar Association and Council on American Islamic Relations of Michigan. In addition to his other activities, he has made many print and media appearances as well (30 Days, Arabs, Muslim and Islam, CNN, New York Times, WSJ, NPR, ABC, NBC, FOX) and he has consulted on media projects in various roles. Along with all of the other activities he is engaged in, Haaris is a practicing attorney in the areas of litigation, municipal/governmental policy, contracts, and real estate. He lives in Michigan with his wife Shirin Khan and his three daughters, Imani, Nia, and Jazaa.
OMAR AHMAD, Founder, SynCH Energy
Omar Ahmad is a respected Silicon Valley technology visionary and seasoned entrepreneur with a diverse portfolio of successful startups. He is co-founder and CEO of SynCH Energy Corporation, a renewable energy startup.
Prior to founding SynCH Energy, Mr. Ahmad founded two startups, TrustedID and Logictier, and served in key leadership positions for companies including Grand Central Communications, Napster, Netscape, @Home Network, and Discovery Channel Online.
Mr. Ahmad also proudly serves as the current Vice-Mayor of the City of San Carlos where his primary policy focus is centered on budget reform and fiscal sustainability. Prior to his election to the City Council in 2007, Mr. Ahmad served on the San Carlos Economic Development Advisory Commission.
He is frequently called upon to speak on topics including leadership, innovation in relation to startups, copyright/IP issues, and internet infrastructure and security. One of his recent speeches was for TED Talks (http://on.ted.com/8HJf). He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Webmonsters, serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Youth Science Camp Alumni Association, an advisor for Pacific Community Ventures, and member of the UF College of Engineering Dean’s West Coast Advisory Board.
SHAHEROSE CHARANIA, CEO and Co-Founder, Women 2.0; and Vice-President, Opinno
Shaherose is the CEO and Co-Founder of Women 2.0 (www.women2.org). Women 2.0 takes a no-nonsense attitude towards advancing women in entrepreneurship. Women 2.0 creates a strong, positive voice that focuses on WHERE WE CAN BE rather than WHERE WE ARE.
Shaherose is currently at Opinno (http://www.opinno.com) a global network of incubator spaces, entrepreneurs and investors. At heart she is a mobile and telephony junkie. She’s led new consumer products at Ribbit (http://www.ribbit.com). Previously, she was Director of Product Management at JAJAH (http://www.jajah.com, sold to Telefonica/O2). Prior to that, she was at TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs, the world’s largest non-for-profit organization of entrepreneurs, www.tie.org) overseeing governance and operations of 40+ entrepreneurship centers. She aspires to pour her entrepreneurial spirit into launching mobile solutions for emerging economies. Shaherose holds a B.A. in Business Admin from The University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business.
DIANA DERIGE, Program Officer, Chicago Community Trust
Diana N. Derige is a program officer in Health with The Chicago Community Trust. Derige provides program expertise, program management and grant making in the area of health. She works as a liaison to the community and provides support to donors who want to give strategically to make the greatest impact on the needs of the region. She also works as the program officer for The Will County Community Foundation and Nuestro Futuro.
Before joining the Trust in 2006, Derige worked with several Chicago area nonprofit organizations, including managing the Ready by 21 initiative for the Ounce of Prevention Fund, working as a program manager for the Illinois Public Health Institute, project coordinator for the NorthEast District Health Council and youth outreach worker for the Howard Brown Health Center. She was a 2006 Fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, a 2004 Fellow for the Mid-America Regional Public Health Leadership and a Principal Fellow for HIV/AIDS Intervention in South Africa in 2000. Derige is a member of MANA, a National Latina Organization and Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy. Derige received her BA in sociology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan and her MPH in health behavior and health education from the University’s School of Public Health.
KAREN HUNT-AHMED, Assistant Professor of Finance and Management at DePaul University (Islamic Finance and Microfinance)
Dr. Karen Hunt-Ahmed is Assistant Professor of Finance and Management at DePaul University, teaching Islamic Finance and Microfinance. Dr. Hunt-Ahmed received her BA and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She has worked in the banking sector in Chicago and in private equity in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Her research interests include Islamic finance, microfinance, globalization, moral beliefs and business practice, ethical investing and the socio-cultural implications of business practice. Dr. Hunt-Ahmed is the President of the Chicago Islamic Microfinance Project and is also on the advisory committee of DePaul’s Center for Financial Services. She is working on a book entitled: The Business of Culture: Morality and Practice in Islamic Finance. She lived in Dubai for many years and has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Pakistan, Africa and Europe.
ZEBA IQBAL, Executive Director, Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals
Zeba Iqbal is the Executive Director of Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals (CAMP), the oldest and largest network of Muslim professionals in North America. She was also the manager of CAMP’s 2008 and 2009 Leadership conferences. CAMP seeks to empower and engage Muslim Professionals to be exemplary leaders by creating platforms (virtual and physical) for proactive and thoughtful dialogue on subjects that matter.
Zeba is a social and community networker and activist for the Muslim American community, and 2009-10 AMCLI fellow. Her non-profit activities have ranged from Founding Member, Treasurer and Secretary, Muslims Against Terrorism (2001-2003) to strategic advisory roles with Muslim Americans Answer the Call (Summer 2009); Muslim Voices: Arts and Ideas Festival (June 2009); and IMAN@the Apollo (January 2010). She was a key promoter Wajahat Ali’s play, The Domestic Crusaders which had a sold-out 20-show run in NYC in September 2009, and will be published in October 2010.
Zeba has an MBA from The George Washington University, and an undergraduate degree in architecture from Bangalore, India. She worked for Ernst & Young for 10 years and currently works for Princeton University handling part of their off-campus development portfolio and partnerships.
SAIMA KHAN, Performance Improvement Consultant for Healthfirst
Saima Khan is Vice President of the CAMP - New York chapter after previously serving as Director of Internal and External Affairs.
Saima has over 9 years of work experience and is currently an internal Performance Improvement Consultant for Healthfirst, where her recent projects include corporate-wide program implementations, qualitative root cause analysis, and business process redesign. Previously, she was Business Analyst in the Performance Improvement and Consulting division at TriHealth and Program Manager of SeniorLink, a Medicare program focused on providing home-based healthcare to seniors.
Saima also serves as Board Member of the Muslim Public Affairs Council – New York Office (MPAC-NY); is an active member of the Association of Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and the American Society for Quality (ASQ). She has also been recognized by the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) as a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow. She actively coordinates and volunteers her time to various community service projects, including soup kitchens, park clean-up efforts, and fundraising for food pantries.
Saima earned an M.H.S.A. and an M.B.A from Xavier University and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also a certified Six Sigma Blackbelt.
FARHAN LATIF, Director of Alumni Engagement, Office of Institutional Advancement at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
Farhan Latif is Director of Alumni Engagement in the office of Institutional Advancement at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where he is creating a culture of philanthropy. Farhan is also CEO of Strategic Inspirations (SI), a marketing and consulting firm focused on the development of non-profit organizations. He has consulted with non-profits across the US in areas of strategic planning, fund-raising, marketing, market research, donor relationship management, and volunteer recruitment and retention. Through SI, Farhan has consulted to several nonprofits serving the American Muslim community, including the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion, Crescent Academy, and the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan.
Through his engagement with COMPASS, a management training program for Muslim students, he has developed and conducted leadership seminars for students and organizations in university campuses across the US.
Farhan is the recipient of numerous leadership and community service awards and has appeared on ABC, FOX, BBC, LA Times, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, the Gulf Times and USA Today. He is currently pursuing graduate work in Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Leadership and is a member of the Association of Fund-raising Professionals.
DALIA MOGAHED, Senior Analyst and Executive Director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies
Dalia Mogahed is a Senior Analyst and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, a nonpartisan research center dedicated to providing data-driven analysis on the views of Muslim populations around the world. With John L. Esposito, Ph.D., she is coauthor of the book Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. Dalia was recently appointed to the President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, where she serves on the Inter-religious dialogue and cooperation task force. Mogahed also serves on the boards of Freedom House and Women in International Security (WIIS). Her analysis has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy magazine, the Harvard International Review, the Middle East Policy journal, and many other academic and popular journals.
MONIS RAHMAN, Chairman and CEO, Naseeb Networks
Monis Rahman is Chairman and CEO of Naseeb Networks, a leading provider of recruitment, social networking, classifieds and related services in Pakistan. Under his leadership, Naseeb Networks launched ROZEE.PK, Pakistan’s most powerful recruiting platform used today by over 30,000 employers, 1.5 M professionals and 87 HEC accredited universities. He leveraged the company’s initial success to raise a historic round of venture capital investment from two leading Silicon Valley funds – ePlanet Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
Monis started his career at Intel Corporation where he was a key member of Intel’s microprocessor design team. He has been awarded nine U.S. patents for his innovative work. He began his entrepreneurial journey when he founded Crestech, a Silicon Valley chip design consulting company. In 1999, Mr. Rahman co-founded eDaycare.com with a fellow Intel colleague to provide online video streaming and related applications to over 3,000 daycare centers in the United States.
Mr. Rahman completed his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and did graduate coursework at Stanford University. He has been featured by numerous magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, CNN, InfoWorld, Red Herring, Infoweek, The Chicago Tribune, CIO Pakistan and others.
He currently serves as the President and Member Board of Governors of TiE Lahore. He is the recipient of International Data Group CIO Pakistan Pioneer in Innovation 2008 Award.
NADIA ROUMANI, Founding Director, American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute
Nadia Roumani is the Director of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI), a faith-based leadership development program, housed at the University of Southern California, that aims to build the capacity of the next generation of Muslim civic leaders in America. The Institute empowers Muslim leaders to improve the community’s civic and political engagement, enhance intra-community relations, and foster alliances with non-Muslim organizations with shared objectives.
Nadia is the Principal of Roumani Consulting, through which she has consulted for the World Bank, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, UNDP, the UN Alliance of Civilizations, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Nadia has consulted for several foundations that are supporting Muslim communities in America and/or addressing US-Muslim World Relations. She is currently consulting for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts' Building Bridges Program, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and Jewish Funds for Justice. In the past she has consulted for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Ford Foundation, Rothschild Foundation, and the Four Freedoms Fund.
Nadia received her master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and her bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Stanford University.
MONEM SALAM, Director of Islamic Investing and Deputy Portfolio Manager, Saturna Capital
Monem Salam, Saturna Capital’s Director of Islamic Investing and Deputy Portfolio Manager, was born in Pakistan in 1972. Raised in Texas, Mr. Salam received his degrees from the University of Texas: BA (Austin) and MBA (Dallas). He worked as 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. Monem is active with the Muslim community in North America through ISNA, as there WZ rep, and current Chairman of Peaceful Communications, a non-profit organization which complete a documentary called “On A Wing and A Prayer”. In 2008, Monem received the “20 Rising Stars” Award from Institutional Investor News. The award is given to 20 leaders in the mutual fund industry, under 40, who the magazine feels will change in the industry in a positive way in the next 10 years. Monem is also the co-author of a new book called “A Muslim’s Guide to Investing And Personal Finance”. Monem has been quoted on all major newspapers and magazines, featured in BusinessWeek and SmartMoney and appeared on such TV stations as CNBC, Fox News, and Marketwatch.com
SHEHERYAR SARDAR, CEO, Global Executive Board LLC
and Partner, Sardar Law Firm LLC
A Partner at Sardar Law Firm LLC, Sheheryar practices technology and media law, commercial litigation and corporate restructuring. Sheheryar is also the CEO of Global Executive Board, an executive consulting company which focuses on social and digital media branding. He has advised clients of varied backgrounds, including companies involving in emerging technologies, alternative energy and new media. Prior to starting his own firm, Sheheryar worked at The Coca-Cola Company in its Marketing-Legal Division, Cisco Company - Scientific Atlanta, assisting legal counsel with broadband expansion, and Kriz & Belina, a leading Prague-based commercial law firm.
Sheheryar is currently a Board Member of the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals - New York Chapter, an organization he became involved with when he hosted a Legal Seminar at New York University with the organization.
Sheheryar holds a J.D. from Emory University. He has also completed coursework in international arbitration at the University of Paris, Pantheone-Sorbonne. He is currently serving a three-year term on the board of the International Trade Committee - New York City Bar Association, and is also a member of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association.
ADNAN SHAMSI, Financial Consultant with Professional Economic Growth Group | Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Inc.
Adnan Shamsi is Financial Consultant with Professional Economic Growth Group | Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Inc. He was previously with Switzerland-based UBS AG, Bank of America and Chase Manhattan Bank. With over 16 years experience in financial advisory, investments and insurance, major Fortune 500 companies have sought Mr. Shamsi’s opinions and advisory services; he works also with small & medium sized companies and individuals advising on the mitigation of financial and operational risk, securing investment opportunities and asset management. Adnan received his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a BA in Economics & Middle East Studies from Rutgers University. Adnan currently serves as Co-Leader of the Thunderbird Alumni Association Princeton Chapter; serves on the Rutgers University Alumni Association Awards & Recognition Committee, with responsibility for all Alumni recognition awards and programs; serves as co-Chair of the Princeton Cares Team for the 2010 Central New Jersey Autism Walk to benefit Autism Speaks to raise funds for Autism research, treatment and community-based programs; and is appointed to the Planning Committee of the Princeton Public Library to plan and stage TEDx NJ Conference. Also currently serving as Advisory Board Member of CAMP, the Council for Advancement of Muslim Professionals.