Kübra Gümüsay is the co-founder and press-officer of the Zahnräder network for active, creative and intellectual Muslim entrepreneurs in Germany (ranked amongst the top 20 visionairy ideas in 2011 by Generation-D and financed e.g. by the European Union Youth in Action Programme) and am involved in various social projects on areas such as social blogging, diversity and feminism.
According to Germany radio , she is one of the most influential minds of Islam in Germany.She is also the first Hijabi Columnist in Germany.
Mohammad Salman Hamdani was a Muslim American and New York Police Cadet who provided his assistance for those trying to escape the World Trade Center twin towers and was tragically killed on September 11, 2001.
Halim Dhanidina, who spent 14 years as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, was appointed to a California Superior Court judgeship May 18 by Governor Jerry Brown.Halim is the first Muslim Superior Court Judge in California.
Lori Saroya is co-founder and executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the state’s only Muslim civil rights advocacy organization. Under Lori’s leadership, CAIR-MN has had incredible success. It was named a 2010 “Difference Maker” by the St. Cloud Times and received the 2011 MN Council of Nonprofits Mission and Excellence Anti-Racism Award. Last year, CAIR-MN assisted over 400 individuals and was quoted in the media more than 115 times. Last month, CAIR-MN created an interfaith coalition and led the effort to remove an “anti-Sharia,” discriminatory bill introduced in the Minnesota Senate.
Lori is a board member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and previously served on the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights Task Force, the Office of Justice Programs Conference Committee, and the Minnesota Alliance on Crime board of directors. Lori was recognized as a Facing Race Ambassador by the St. Paul Foundation, named to the Islamic Networks Group “Contemporary American Muslim Women” list and selected for MinnPost’s YPN5Q, which spotlights the state’s top young leaders. She received the Islamic Resource Group Community Leadership Award, the St. Catherine University Alumni Award, and the Hawkinson Peace and Justice Award. In her spare time, she teaches ESL to adult immigrants and volunteers with the Muslim Youth of Minnesota. Lori lives in Blaine with her husband and son.
Muslim Advocates envisions a world in which equality, liberty, and justice are guaranteed for all, regardless of faith, and in which the Muslim American legal community is vital to promoting and protecting these values. In pursuit of this vision, Muslim Advocates’ mission is to promote equality, liberty, and justice for all by providing leadership through legal advocacy, policy engagement, and civic education, and by serving as a legal resource to promote the full and meaningful participation of Muslims in American public life.
Muslim Lakhani is Chairman and CEO of ML Resources and ML Private Investments, LLC. He is an entrepreneur and philanthropist of Pakistani origin. For over 25 years, he has developed natural resource projects as well as undertook other business ventures in the Middle East and South Asia. Mr. Lakhani resides with his family in Washington DC.
Reema Ahmad is the executive director of Project Mobilize, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing civic participation and representation from politically marginalized communities. In its first year, Project M recruited, trained, and ran seven Muslim American candidates for local offices.
A firm believer in the civic responsibilities inherent to a full realization of patriotism and identity, Ahmad has been a long time advocate of political engagement throughout her local community. She has worked with numerous groups in the Milwaukee area, including Peace Action Wisconsin, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. She also interned with Congresswoman Gwen Moore. As the government affairs coordinator with CAIR-Chicago, she bridged the gap between elected officials and their Muslim American constituents as well as worked in coalition with community organizations on mutually beneficial policies. She also serves on the board of directors of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee.
Ahmad majored in economics and international affairs at Marquette University. At Marquette, Ahmad held executive board positions in multiple student groups and received the Outstanding Contribution to Celebration & Promotion of Diversity award. As a McNair Research Scholar, she presented her research on the impact of international intervention in development work as well as the economics of religion at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research for two consecutive years.
Linda Sarsour is a working woman, community activist, and mother of three. Ambitious, outspoken and independent, Linda shatters stereotypes of Muslim women while also treasuring her religious and ethnic heritage. She is a Palestinian Muslim American and a self-proclaimed “pure New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn!”
Currently, she is the Advocacy and Civic Engagement Coordinator for the National Network for Arab American Communities and ACCESS and locally serving as the director of the Arab American Association of New York, a social service agency serving the Arab community in NYC. Linda was a 2005 COROS New American Leaders fellow, 2009 graduate of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute housed at USC, named Extraordinary Woman by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and received the 2010 Brooklyn Do-Gooder Award from the Brooklyn Community Foundation.
Linda is also a board member of the New York Immigration Coalition, a coalition of over 250 nonprofit agencies serving the diverse immigrant communities of New York State. In the 2008 elections, Linda coordinated the largest and most successful get out the vote effort in the Arab American community in Brooklyn, with over 130 canvassers and 8000 doors knocked. She has been featured in local, national, and international media speaking on topics ranging from women’s issues, Islam, domestic policy and political discussions on the Middle East conflict. Linda’s strengths are in the areas of community development, youth empowerment, community organizing, civic engagement and immigrants’ rights advocacy.
Mr. Khizer Husain is the director of Shifa Consulting , a global health consulting practice with a focus on healthcare planning, policy, and delivery with faith-based organizations. In this role, he is currently advising an American international hospital network as they bolster their operations in the UAE, develop academic partnerships, and seed maternal and child health projects in Bangladesh. Mr. Husain has also been active in US healthcare reform efforts with the organization American Muslim Health Professionals, which is a member of the coalition Faithful Reform for Health Care. In this capacity, he has held briefings on the Hill and organized several advocacy days with members of Congress. Earlier in his career,
Mr. Husain served as an Associate Director at The Advisory Board Company, a boutique healthcare research and consulting firm with membership programs that reach half the hospitals in the US. There, Mr. Husain established the foundational analytical models to launch a strategic planning product to help hospital clients make investment decisions. He also managed over two dozen client engagements, developing and marketing clinical service lines and forecasting bed, OR, and technology needs.
Prior to this work, Mr. Husain advised Medtronic, Inc.’s Global Economic Development unit in reimbursement policy, pricing, and sales force training. Mr. Husain attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Fulbright Scholar for a Masters degree in international health policy. He studied Arabic at the American University of Cairo and holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.