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_SATURDAY, July 2, 2011

3:00-4:30 PM Session 1C Room 31

AMSE Panel (with CAMP): The Entrepreneurial Mindset

Description: Entrepreneurs are entrepreneurial. That is, they believe strongly in a future vision that can be brought to life through relentless human action. Entrepreneurs are everywhere - in new technology startups, burgeoning social enterprises, established corporations, and even nascent Muslim community organizations. Don't be fooled though. Entrepreneurship is not easy. It requires vision, but also tenacity, decisiveness, and integrity. CAMP (Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals) will have a lively discussion with this panel of diverse entrepreneurs on what it means to be truly entrepreneurial. The goal of this panel is to explore the entrepreneurial mindset and how it can be used to not only build great companies, but also valuable social organizations within and outside the Muslim community. 

Lubna Ahmad
Ashraf Motiwala
Mohammed Aaser

Shabbir Ahmed


5:30-7:00 PM Session 9D Room 30

AMSE Panel: Healthy Living through Leadership and Collaboration

Description: The purpose of this panel discussion is to extend the American Muslim Health Professionals' (AMHP) commitment to promoting community and philanthropic efforts to health and well-being. The discussion will focus on introducing an innovative partnership bringing together American Muslim community organizations and health and fitness professionals with government partners to promote the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign. Invited panelists will include American Muslim health care professionals and community organizers involved in healthy lifestyle promotion, leaders in fitness and sports, and government leaders working closely with faith communities on such efforts. Panelists will discuss the rationale, strategy and community leadership necessary to successfully implement the initiative.

Rehan Jalali
Linda Choudhry Rashid
Nadiah Mohajir

Yasir Shareef

_SUNDAY, July 3, 2011

2:15-3:45 PM Session 14I Room 33

Muslim Professionals Unplugged:
Conversations that Matter to Generation X and Y

Description:  Gen X and Gen Y form the backbone of our community and represent the largest portion of our population. Yet, there are very few mosques and Muslim institutions that are showing signs of transitioning to the concerns of these generations. This panel discussion coordinated by CAMP (Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals) features a group of young Muslim professionals and entrepreneurs tackling the serious issues of nurturing spirituality, gender relations, work and life balance, and identity development and integration.

Aamer Hayat
Aizzah Fatima
Asma Uddin

Zeba Iqbal


4:00-5:30 PM Session 15I Room 31

Faith Based Entrepreneurship

Description: This session CAMP (Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals) will focus on the opportunities for innovative faith-based entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is the ability to develop a vision based on an understanding of our future needs, to commit to the mission of serving those needs innovatively and creatively.  A faith-based entrepreneur is one who proceeds confidently, but also with humility and a strong  consciousness of God’s design in their products, goods and services, but also in the way that they structure and operate their businesses. 

Yaqub Mirza
Abid Malik
Salwa Ansari Datoo

Aamer Hayat

_Panels & Moderators Bios

COO, Avecinia Wellness Center

Aamer Hayat joined his sister, Dr. Hayat, in August of 2009 to help her develop and manage avecinia wellness center.  Aamer is committed to health and well-being and is excited to share this commitment with his community.  Avecinia wellness center derives it's name from Ibn Sina, the 10th century Muslim physician known as the "father of modern medicine."  Guided by the Quranic Verse "saving one person is like saving all of mankind," Muslims have been serving as physicians and community health providers for centuries.  In line with this is avecinia's vision is to be the pre-eminent advocate for community well-being.  Aamer has seven years of corporate tax and business consulting experience with Deloitte & Touche.  He has also consulted or worked with several not-for-profit and for -profit enterprises ranging from free medical clinics to fashion labels. Aamer is also Director of Special Projects with CAMP (Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals) National.

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Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Visiting Drs and
eBanyan and Founder of Nexlogic and Unibyte

Abid Malik has over 24 years of sales, marketing, finance, and business
development experience. Most recently he co-founded Visiting Drs. LLC,
that develops and manages paper-less health care services to elderly
patients. He also successfully started eBanyan, a turnkey e-commerce application for small and mid-size companies; co-founded Nexlogic, where he served as CFO and member of the board for 10 years; and founded and successfully ran Unibyte, Inc. He has always had a passion for entrepreneurship and technology, he started his first venture in California and successfully ran or managed three additional businesses since 1990. He serves in the board of Minaret Business Organization (MBO), a USA based  entity with chapters in USA, Europe, Asia, and Gulf regions. He is an independent trustee at a socially responsible Amana Mutual Funds (www.amanafunds.com) and serves on the Board of the Strategic Research Circle that offers research on issues such as civil rights, private enterprise and social responsibility.

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Aizzah is performing her solo show Dirty Paki Lingerie in The Midtown International Theater Festival from July 16th through 30th, 2011. Some of her favorite performances are the original ensemble piece Ripe For The Picking which tackled human rights violations issues around the world as well as Insler's Vagina Monologues which raises awareness and money for women’s causes every year.  Some of her film credits include Albert & Alice, It's All Been Arranged, and Dejeration. Aizzah has appeared on for the Food Network, WEtv, and Comedy Central.  She s a graduate of the two year conservatory at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in addition to holding a Bachelors in Microbiology and a Masters in MIS. She works as a project manager at Google. Video blog on youtube: Aizzah like liza

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Identropy Ashraf is a passionate information security entrepreneur with a focus on Identity & Access Management.  He co-founded Identropy, an Identity & Access Management startup, and is responsible for the technical direction and strategy of the company.  Prior to Identropy, he was the Director of Identity Management Services for the CRT Group and Director of Product Development for Stagebuilder.  He writes and speaks publicly on Identity & Access Management technologies and their business value to the enterprise.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief, altmuslimah.com
Legal Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) and an international law attorney with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit, non-partisan, public interest law firm based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining The Becket Fund, she practiced commercial litigation at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia and corporate real estate at Greenberg Traurig in Miami. Her editing experience includes, Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah's A Muslim in Victorian America, published in 2007 by Oxford University Press. As Associate Editor and legal columnist for Islamica Magazine, Asma focused her writings on how American Muslims can rethink their social position within the American legal framework. Asma's writing has appeared in Muslim Girl Magazine, altmuslim, beliefnet, and in the Guardian's Comment is Free. She is also an expert panelist for the Washington Post/Newsweek blog, On Faith, and a contributor to Huffington Post Religion, CNN.com, and Common Ground News.

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PhD, Founder and CEO
Invoy Technologies Lubna Ahmad founded a medical device company shortly after completing her PhD to commercialize her intellectual property. She recruited her company's management team, developed its strategic plan, led the company through a series of partnerships and positioned the company for product launch. While earning her PhD in biomedical engineering, she was a Goldwater Scholar and a graduate fellow of the National Science Foundation. She values community outreach and has helped prepare high school students for statewide science competitions and judges various statewide and regional science fairs.  She is an advisory board member of other early stage biotech companies.

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Noor Kids Mohammed Aaser is excited about creating businesses that cater to the needs of the Muslim community.  He is currently in the process of launching a children’s Islamic Book Series (Noor Kids, http://www.noorkids.com).  This venture won the inaugural Harvard Business School Minimum Viable Product entreprenuership competition. Mohammed also has experience in the social media and mobile application development. Mohammed began his career as a consultant at McKinsey and Company and prepared case work on social media.  Mohammed received his MBA with Distinction at Harvard Business School and completed his undergraduate studies with High Distinction, Summa Cum Laude at the Carlson School of Management,  University of Minnesota.

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Nadiah Mohajir is the co-founder and director of programs for Heart Women and Girls Project, a young nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women and girls in interfaith and community settings to build self-esteem and leadership through health and wellness. She earned her master’s degree in public health in 2009 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked in healthcare for over 10 years in a variety of settings, including but not limited to research, academics, policy, and community health. Most recently, she was a consultant for the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working on a variety of different projects focusing on HIV/AIDS awareness, American Indian/Alaska Native Health, and improving the health of Chicago.

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Rehan Jalali is a sports nutritionist and published scientific writer, columnist, and author and President of the Supplement Research Foundation (http://www.tsrf.com). He is a nationally recognized Certified Sports Nutritionist (C.S.N.) who has developed over 100 cutting edge products for the dietary supplement industry. His clients include Oscar® winning actors, Emmy® award winning TV stars, and Grammy® winning musicians. He has developed cutting edge customized nutrition and supplementation programs for actors getting ready for movie roles, musicians preparing for videos, and celebrities peaking for appearances including award shows. Rehan is also a natural bodybuilder who has appeared on ESPN and CBS. He has held numerous bodybuilding titles, including Mr. Texas and the Ironman Naturally Bodybuilding Champion. He is a member of the American Medical Writer's Association.

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Co-Founder and President, Soulful Moon

Soulful Moon is a stationery company focused on the South Asian and Muslim market.  After a seven-year career in banking, Salwa chose to leave Wall Street to transition to non-profit work and now social entrepreneurship. She spent over a year working with a non-profit focused on micro-development in Africa, India and South America. She gained invaluable operational experience at US headquarters as well as life-altering field experience in Africa. Upon her return, she knew she wanted to stay in the socially-conscious space but saw how the recession was destabilizing the non-profit sector.  She decided that a business that gave back to charities while sustaining itself financially was the ideal solution. After diligent research along with a little bit of luck, Soulful Moon was born in mid 2010. Soulful Moon produces cards and stationery that meet the needs of Muslim with the mission to deliver a high quality, premium product that also gives back to charity. Every Soulful Moon transaction donates a portion of the profits to charity. It is a business idea that is sustainable and not donor based, but that also gives back. As Soulful Moon grows, it furthers its mission by donating a portion of the profits from every transaction to charity. Salwa holds a B.A and M.A in political science from UC Berkeley.

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Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President

Begum Brands For over a decade, Shabbir Ahmed has developed expertise in operational management and product management within entrepreneurial companies. Shabbir currently is the COO and EVP for Corporate Development for Begum Brands a wholesale bakery manufacturer based in the City of Boston. For Begum, Shabbir is involved in financial, M&A and fundraising strategy as well general operational strategy. Begum currently serves multiple hotel chains including the Hilton, Hyatt, Starwoods Properties as well as many large New England Distributers. Prior to Begum, Shabbir was the technical co-founder and Chief Information Officer for Sanovia Corporation based in Philadelphia. Sanovia raised an excess of 22MM in venture capital funding from top tier venture capitalists and created a product used to service over 30MM patients in the health insurance market. Prior to that, Shabbir was an independent management consultant and e-commerce strategist providing guidance and operational expertise to large retailers, insurance companies, and start-up companies. Shabbir holds a Bachelors in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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President and CEO of Sterling Management Group

Yaqub Mirza sits on the boards of several business entities, including poultry and fruit juice operations. Dr. Mirza is a former trustee and advisor of Amana Mutual Funds. He is a member of the Board of Advisors, Entrepreneurship Institute, Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Dr. Mirza was awarded the Entrepreneurship Award by the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in San Jose, California and has been a Byrd Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker at the School of Business at Shenandoah University.

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D.O., M.P.H.

Yasir Shareef is a board member of American Muslim Health Professionals and a neurologist based in Phoenix, Arizona. Yasir has worked extensively with community organizations and government to promote health and well-being.

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Executive Director, Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals

Zeba Iqbal is the Executive Director of CAMP (Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals), America's oldest and largest network of Muslim professionals, and was the conference manager of CAMP's 2008, 2009 and 2011 Leadership conferences. CAMP encourages Muslim Professionals to lead by creating platforms for relevant dialog. Zeba is also an AMCLI fellow and was a strategic advisor to Muslim Americans Answer the Call (Summer 2009); the 10-day Muslim Voices: Arts and Ideas Festival in June 2009; and IMAN@the Apollo in January 2010. She was a key promoter of the sold-out 20-show NYC staging of Wajahat Ali's play, The Domestic Crusaders in September 2009. She has published several pieces on dating, love and marriage on Goatmilk, and Altmuslimah ("When I Think About Marrying" and "The Dating Dialogues") and has done several interviews on these subjects. She currently works for Princeton University managing their off-campus real estate development portfolio.

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