Muslim Urban Professionals

Connecting the World's Leading Muslim Professionals

Muppies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering and advancing Muslim business professionals to be leaders in their careers and communities.

Our mission is to create a global community of diverse individuals who will support, challenge, and inspire one another by providing a platform for networking, mentorship, and career development.

To learn more about membership criterion and target fields, please see the Muppies Application.

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Our Story

In 2006, a group of friends came together to help fulfill a void in the Muslim community.

Fresh out of college and working to advance their careers, they noticed that Muslim professionals who were on leadership tracks in business, entrepreneurship, government, non-profit etc., had difficulties forming a network that would help them navigate their careers.  They knew they weren’t alone in this journey.

There were many Muslims in similar paths that could offer practical advice that would help other Muslims take the right steps and make the most of their careers because, while strong skills and hard work were key determinants for career advancement, networking and mentorship are key stepping stones.

Nothing existed to connect Muslim professionals across professions, industries and countries for this purpose. So if it didn’t exist, then why not create it? Why not establish a platform that would help build a community of like-minded professionals, an invaluable support network that would challenge one another and provided career advice, job-search help, and professional insight?

With this vision in mind, Muslim Urban Professionals (Muppies) was founded.

Growing from a simple Google group of 50 professionals to a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization of over 2,400 members in at least 22 different countries, Muppies offers:

Access to selective job opportunities

A global listserve and member database

Acceptance into top MBA and other graduate programs

A global network of talented and enthusiastic professionals

Opportunities to mentor college and high school students

Career development webinars and professional events around the globe

Muppies is driven by the desire of our members to help each other, to lift each other up and to serve as ladders for one another so that the Muslim professional community can advance together. This is the essence of Muppies. This is our story.

Our People

Naiel Iqbal

President

Naiel is an investment professional at Tiger Global Management, a New York based hedge fund. He was previously an Analyst at Caxton Associates, a macro hedge fund. Prior to this, he worked as a Portfolio Manager in Proprietary Trading at JPMorgan in New York. He started his career in the Special Situations group at Deutsche Bank. He also operates naiel.com, an internet design firm.

Education: BS, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Saddmun Ahsan

Co-Director of Marketing

Saddmun is a Rotational Business Associate at Gartner, an American research and advisory firm based in Stamford, CT. He was previously an investment banking analyst at Nomura Securities. He has also held a number of internships in the fields of chemical engineering and business development.

Education: BS, Cornell University; M.Eng, Cornell University

Shaf Chowdhury

Director of Operations

Shaf works in M&A advisory at Houlihan Lokey, a middle market investment bank in NYC. Previously, he was a consultant at Ernst & Young, where he focused on transaction advisory and risk consulting for the financial services industry. He started his career as a researcher at the American Institute for Economic Research, a think tank based in MA. Shaf hails from Bangladesh, and is currently based in New York.

Education: BA, Lafayette College; MA, UNC Chapel Hill Kenan Flagler Business School

Ayisha Irfan

Director of Member Development

Ayisha is a Policy Analyst for an elected official in New York City, focusing on policing, criminal justice, immigration and education related issues. She has a background in community organizing and has successfully led legislative campaigns on policing and youth related issues ranging from increasing accountability and transparency in law enforcement practices to lowering the age for community board membership. Additionally she is heavily involved in the Muslim community, and is the co-founder of the Muslim Writers Collective.

Education: BA, CUNY-Brooklyn College; MA, New York University

Henna Mahmood

Director of Local Engagement

Henna is a Resident Fellow at the Accountability Lab, an incubator for creative ideas on building transparency and accountability in services and governments across Africa and Asia. Prior to joining the Accountability Lab, Henna worked as a consultant at IDinsight and held stints at the Results for Development Institute, Afghanistan World Foundation, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Henna is based in Washington D.C.

Education: BA, Columbia College, Columbia University

Danish Munir

Director of Member Engagement

Danish hails from Karachi and enjoys solving problems at the intersection of technology and business. Danish has spent the last 8 years building products for early stage companies, working with teams both on and off-shore. Currently he serves as VP of Technology at Genoa Telepsychiatry, formerly 1DocWay, a NYC-based company he co-founded with some friends from college.

Education: BS, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; BSE, University of Pennsylvania

Daniah Shariff

Co-Director of Marketing

Daniah, based in London (UK), is an MBA candidate at London Business School.  She is currently undertaking an exchange semester at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.  Prior to the MBA, she worked in investment consulting at Willis Towers Watson, providing investment solutions to institutional investors.  She concurrently gained marketing experience including managing social media and designing and implementing marketing strategies for social enterprises and entrepreneurial businesses within the tourism industry.

Education: BSc, University of Bristol; MSc, Cass Business School, City University London; MBA (in-progress), London Business School

Umera Ali

Head of Development

Umera is a banking & finance and securities partner in Chicago office at Michelman & Robinson, LLP.  She worked at Baker McKenzie prior to moving to Chicago.  She has worked in Bahrain, Kuwait and Pakistan. She advises financial institutions, sponsors and borrowers in corporate and structured finance, and debt capital market transactions. She also volunteers with Climate Change Advocates. She is passionate about supporting other women grow and connecting individuals and entities that may be able to work together.

Education: LLB, University of Kent

Zahid Yoosufani

Head of Strategy

Zahid is an Austin based independent consultant serving education & training needs of healthcare compliance and oil & gas industries.  He has worked at IBM for 30 years in various technical, international business consulting and leadership roles.  Zahid has taught at a University for several years, and has led a semi-autonomous unit of the University of Texas as director of Petroleum Extension.  He is passionate about working with non-profit organizations to help poor and needy around the world.

Education: B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Karachi; M.S., Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts

Saif Ahmed

Head of Special Projects

Saif is currently leading several ventures applying machine learning to medical diagnosis and healthcare automation. Previously, he headed the quantitative build-out of AIG’s Capital Markets facility and their model and data-driven trading strategies. He started his career in Management Consulting, focused on financial services clients in the US and Europe. On his free time, Saif enjoys photography, music, reading, travel, and the outdoors.

Education: BS, Cornell University; MS candidate U.C. Berkeley

Mahrukh Tahir

Rising Committee Lead

Mahrukh is a Shopper Marketer at PepsiCo Foods Canada. In her current role, she leads the company’s shopper marketing agenda for Western Canada as well as the company’s largest bi-annual sales conference (held across 3 provinces). Prior to her current role, Mahrukh was a District Sales Manager at PepsiCo, where she led 15+ associates to deliver exceptional top-line sales performance. Mahrukh has had a number of experiences working with non-profit, crown, and public sector organizations in a broad range of industries. Throughout her career, Mahrukh has focused on delivering a positive societal contribution and has led two research projects related to SROI and micro-finance which have served to influence policy changes in Alberta.

Education: Bachelor of Commerce, University of Calgary

Adeel Mallick

East Coast Advisor

Adeel is currently as Senior Associate in his family’s Civil Engineering Business, based out of New York City. Prior to joining his family business, he worked at CH2M Hill, a global infrastructure firm and PwC, as a Strategy & Operations Consultant.  For the last three years, Adeel served in various executive positions (including VP) for the MuppiesNYC Committee.

Education: B.S., Rutgers School of Engineering

Altaf Ghori

West Coast Advisor

Altaf is a Director of Sales at Moody’s Analytics.  He has over fifteen years of business development and strategy experience in software, data and analytics for financial services.  Previously he worked at S&P Global Market Intelligence and Numerix.  He started the San Francisco Muppies Chapter and is a volunteer for Indian Muslim Relief & Charities.  

Education: BS, Arizona State University; MBA, Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California

Mahrukh Ahsan

Muppies Operations Lead

Mahrukh works in the Assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a multinational professional services network, where she works with clients primarily in the Technology, Information, Communication and Entertainment industries.  Prior to PwC, Mahrukh interned at the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association, where she spent three years assisting small- to medium-sized U.S. businesses expand to international markets using government funding to meet federal export initiatives.  Mahrukh is also on the Muppies Seattle leadership committee.

Education: BA, Washington State University

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Komal Khan

Komal is an analyst at Towers Watson within the Health and Group Benefits practice. She specializes in the various aspects of group health care strategy including plan design modeling, vendor management and financial analysis. Prior to this, Komal worked at the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology within Emory University’s School of Medicine. 

Education: BA, Emory University

Sonia Lakhany

Sonia is the founder of Lakhany Law, LLC and an instructor at the Trademark Institute of Training, where she lectures on trademark law basics and the mechanics of trademark prosecution. She is also an Expert Blogger for the Solopreneur School, a forum designed for small business owners to navigate startup issues. Prior to founding her practice, Sonia practiced at firms in Washington, DC and Atlanta, Georgia.

Education: Masters of Law in Intellectual Property, George Washington University Law School; JD, Emory Law School; BA, University of Southern California

Zunaira Malik

Zunaira is a Management Consulting Senior Analyst at Accenture. Previously, she has worked for the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy, was a research assistant for the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, and interened at the US Department of Defense as a Program Management Intern.

Education: BA, Northeastern University

Samiah Iqbal

President

Samiah is a Senior Business Analyst in Accenture’s Management Consulting practice specializing in the Utilities industry. Prior to her current role, she interned with Accenture in their Management Consulting Development Program and with The Coca-Cola Company in their Global Marketing division.

Education: BS Business Administration, Georgia Institute of Technology

Alvina Patel

Outreach Director

Alvina works at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) within the Transaction Services Deals practice. She is a CPA who spent a number of years at Ernst &Young’s Assurance practice prior to her current role at PwC.

Education: MSA, BS, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University

Rais Laique

Events Director

Rais is an Associate at BMO Capital Markets in the Fixed Income and Currencies Markets. Prior to joining BMO, Rais worked for U.S Bank in the Structured Products division as a Principal Modeler. Rais has lived in Nova Scotia, New York, and Ontario.

Education: BA, Ryerson University; MA, Ryerson University; Post-Baccalaureate in Finance, Northwestern University

Zaid Haque

Events Director

Zaid is a Consultant in Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting practice.  Zaid seeks to combine his passions and experience in engineering and business strategy to improve healthcare on a global scale.

Education: BS, Rice University

Atif Riaz

President

Atif is a Finance professional and is currently the US Financial Controller at Murphy E&P. Prior to joining Murphy, Atif started his career in 2009 as a CPA at Ernst & Young and most recently was the Financial Controller for BG Group’s US region. Atif holds degrees in Economics, Psychology, and Management from Rice University and a M.S. degree from UVA. Atif is extensively involved in the local community and has served on the Board of Houston Area Community Services for over four years, where he has helped the organization expand to multiple locations and double their revenue. After-hours, Atif is an uncle, traveler, foodie, and an entrepreneur.

Education: BA, Rice University. MS, University of Virginia.

Madeeha Aziz

Events Director

Madeeha Aziz is a Cybersecurity Manager at PwC, where she serves as a consultant and advisor to oil & gas and technology companies. Madeeha has held various consulting and industry roles for over 7 years with a focus on IT security and data protection.

Education: BBA, University of Houston

Abeer Zahid

Events Director

Abeer Zahid is a Financial Anlayst at PROS, a revenue and profit realization company. Prior to PROS, Abeer worked at HP in finance and served as an Accounting and Operations Intern at The University of Texas Investment Management Company (“UTIMCO”).

Education: BBA, University of Texas

Izzat Ansari

Izzat Ansari is a Vice President at Hunt Companies in their commercial mortgage backed securities group. Prior to this role, he was an underwriter at Berkeley Point Capital and at Freddie Mac, as well as an analyst at Wells Fargo.

Education: BA, Indiana University

Basima Latif

Basima is a Financial Analyst with experience in accounting, audit and risk management. Prior experience includes roles in the healthcare sector at Hospital Corporation of America and investment banking at Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch.

Education: BS, Arizona State University

Hammad Rahman

Hammad is a Downstream Financial Analyst at Chevron Corporation, a fully integrated energy company. Prior to his current role, Hammad has held positions in Upstream, Midstream, and Corporate business units within Chevron. Currently residing in Los Angeles, he has lived in Houston, the Bay Area, and London since graduating from college in 2013.

Education: BBA & BA, University of Texas at Austin

Rabia Khokhar

President

Rabia is a serial entrepreneur working on her third company. Previously she co-founded Tizaro, a B2B ecommerce startup based in London, that was acquired in 2014 and an e-learning startup focused on providing English language education through the web. Rabia has held multiple roles in the startups she has co-founded including product management and development, content creation, operations and marketing. Rabia has been running the London Committee of Muppies since 2010.

Education: BSc, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ipek Mutlu

Ipek is an investment manager at Virgin Management, Richard Branson’s family office. She was previously a Senior Associate at Blackstone Private Equity in London; an Associate at FTV Capital, a growth equity fund in New York; and a Business Analyst in the Strategy & Corporate Finance Practice in McKinsey & Company’s New York office. Ipek hails from Istanbul, Turkey.

Education: MBA, Harvard Business School; BA with Honors, Harvard College

Faris Sheibani

Faris is the New Business Development Manager for Sheibani Group of Companies, a Yemeni Manufacturing Group with assets in the UK and the Middle East. Faris holds significant experience in the oil and gas industry working for Shell; designing world-scale gas processing facilities in the Middle East; conducting business development for new-build petrochemical projects in Sub-Saharan Africa; and working as a Trading Strategy Advisor in the Gas, Power and Emissions Trading Business in London. Faris is of Yemeni heritage and is currently based in London and Dubai.

Education: MS, University of Cambridge; MS, Imperial College London

Omar Majid

Omar is a Director at Salonica Group. Previously, he worked as a derivatives trader for nine years before leaving and co-founding Salonica Group, an investment & corporate finance firm focusing on emerging markets, based in London and Abu Dhabi.

Education: MBA, Cass Business School

Fahad Raja

Events Director

Fahad works on Transaction Services at KPMG supporting corporate telecoms, media, and technology clients through M&A deals. Fahad is also on the board of KPMG’s multi-million-pound foundation to support disadvantaged and underprivileged children in the UK. Fahad held stints in strategy consulting at KPMG, was a governor at a primary school in Lewisham, represented KPMG on the board of a local secondary school in East London, and COO of the KPMG’s Graduate Development Network. He continues to be an active mentor at his alma mater, volunteers weekly at a soup kitchen, and advises two start-ups he helped co-found in the on-demand technology space.

Education: MBA, Cass Business School; CFA Level III; Qualified Chartered Accountant (Autumn 2017)

Salman Malik

President

Salman is a consultant focused on the asset and risk management industry. A native New Yorker, Salman has served in client facing roles at BlackRock, McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs. Salman is passionate about community engagement projects and mentoring. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, motorcycling and reading.

Education: BA, Columbia University

Dilruba Parveen

Secretary

Dilruba currently works in Risk Management within Capital Markets at Citi. Prior to this role, she was in sales and trading within Citi’s Private Bank, covering multi-asset for ultra high net worth clients. During her free time, she is either volunteering as a mentor coach at America Needs You (ANY), spending time with her niece and nephew, or dining with friends.

Education: BA, Barnard College, Columbia University

Talha Zubair

Engagement Director

Talha works at A.T. Kearney, a global full-service Management Consulting firm. His experience in consulting has thus far been focused on the financial technology and financial services sectors, where he has worked on numerous strategy, product launch, operational improvement, and product management engagements. Talha was raised in Toronto, and recently moved to New York.

Education: HBA, Ivey Business School, Western University

Imran Hasan

Events Director

Imran was born and raised in Chicago and recently moved New York City. He is an investment banking analyst at Barclays, a Bulge Bracket Investment Bank. He has also interned at a number of places in including GE Capital. In college Imran was heavily involved in the Muslim Student Association in addition to serving on the board of number other organizations. Additionally, Imran has a strong interest in getting involved with the Muslim community and doing charity work around New York City.

Education: BBA, University of Iowa

Jamal Khan

Events Director

Jamal currently works at Verizon, and is leading the Verizon IOT (Internet of Things) new product development strategy. Prior to joining Verizon, he was part of the American Express Consumer Centurion and Platinum Credit Card new product developemt team. He has 13 years of experience in business strategy, new product development & system integration. He is also an inventor with 2 patents. His personal interests include Photography, Golf and Cooking. Currently, he is training for a half marathon.

Education: M.S., Stevens Institute of Technology; B.S., New Jersey Institute of Tech

Mufti Ahmed

Board Advisory

Mufti is a management and strategy consultant focusing on governance, risk, and leadership for CXOs and Boards. Mufti has served as a global program director, senior strategist, product manager, enterprise architect, portfolio manager, and developer across UBS, Credit Suisse, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Thomson Reuters and Stifel. In addition, Mufti co-led the inaugural US Delegation to the World Islamic Economic Forum in Malaysia, featured in a business case by the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business for leadership and resilience, and participated in the George F Kennan Centennial at Princeton University.
 
Education: BS, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Executive Management programmes, MIT Sloan School of Mgmt & Said Business School at University of Oxford

Shiraz Hussain

President Emeritus

Shiraz currently operates S&F Solutions Inc, a strategic financial services consulting firm. He previously worked as a COO in the Financing Solutions group within UBS Investment Bank in New York. Prior to this, he worked in the Securitized Products group at JP Morgan.

Education: BA, State University of New York, University at Albany

Misbah Uraizee

Misbah Uraizee is a Product Manager at Microsoft in the Applications & Services Group, specifically working on the Office 365 suite. She’s actively involved in YaleSeattle and the PNW startup community in addition to heading her freelance web development firm, Mihafa.com.

Education: BS, Yale University

Hina Mahmood

Hina Mahmood is a Marketing Manager at Amazon.com, specializing in strategies for retail sales and programs (Baby Registry and Amazon Family). Prior to this, she held roles as a Vendor Manager and Brand Specialist in the consumer electronics division at Amazon.com.

Education: MPS, Georgetown University BA, Northwestern University

Mahrukh Ahsan

Mahrukh works in the Assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a multinational professional services network, where she works with clients primarily in the Technology, Information, Communication and Entertainment industries.  Prior to PwC, Mahrukh interned at the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association, where she spent three years assisting small- to medium-sized U.S. businesses expand to international markets using government funding to meet federal export initiatives.  Mahrukh is also on the Muppies Seattle leadership committee.

Education: BA, Washington State University

Atif Javed

President

Atif is a Data Product Manager at AJ+ and co-founder of Tarjimly, an interpreter service for refugees. He is also on the board of the Bay Area Muslim Writer’s Collective and loves to play soccer in his free time.

Education: BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Amna Mulla

Events Director, East Bay

Amna is a supply-chain specialist in fields ranging from oil and gas, consulting, and retail. She has worked with multi-million dollar supply chains at IBM and now works for Gigster, a Y Combinator, Greylock, and a16z backed SF startup that builds software on demand.

Education: BBA, University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business

Fatima Jafri

Events Director, Silicon Valley

Fatima hails from Boston and is a corporate attorney at ChargePoint where she focuses on the electric vehicle space. In addition to her work at ChargePoint, Fatima works with several international start-ups on general corporate legal matters, venture financing, and intellectual property transactions. She serves as a legal consultant for Founder’s Space Incubator in San Francisco and Silicon Valley Pad in Menlo Park.

Education: BA, Trinity College; MA, Tufts University; JD, Northeastern School of Law

Noreen Ahsan

Events Director, San Francisco

Noreen is an Operations Manager at Cambly, an ed tech startup. Prior to joining Cambly, she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Education: BA, Smith College

Minhaj Khan

Events Director, San Francisco

Minhaj works in software engineering at Salesforce and recently graduated from UC Berkeley.

Education: BA, UC Berkeley

Zaib Zaidi

Events Director, San Francisco

Zaib is a Senior Consultant at Grant Thornton focusing on regulations and process improvements.

Hamza Khan

Events Director, East Bay

Hamza specializes in data science, based in San Francisco. He has experience in energy, most recently in product analytics at Oakland-based solar energy company Sungevity. Prior to that, he was an energy trading analyst at Calpine, the largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources in the US. Outside of work, Hamza enjoys mountain biking and hiking.

Sameed Musvee

President Emeritus

Sameed is an investment professional at a multi-billion dollar investment management firm based in San Francisco. Prior to this role, he was an equity research associate at Wells Fargo Securities and an investment banking analyst at Citigroup in New York. Outside of work, Sameed enjoys competing in Ironman triathlons and marathons. Sameed is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco.

Education: BA, Columbia University

Furaz Ahmad

President

Furaz is an Equity Research Associate at BMO Capital Markets covering special situations. Prior this he was an Associate Analyst at Moody’s Investors Service in the Structured Finance group.

Education: CFA, CPA, CMA, BA Honours Accounting and Financial Management, University of Waterloo

Ammar Shah

Events Director

Ammar is currently an Associate Analyst on the real estate equity research team and National Bank Financial. Prior to this, he worked in fixed income research and trading for a global money manager in Toronto.

Education: Honours BBA, Wilfrid Laurier University

Asad Nematullah

Events Director

Asad is an Analyst at KPMG Corporate Finance Inc., in the mergers and acquisitions group. Prior to joining KPMG, he was a Senior Accountant at KPMG LLP in the real estate practice and is awaiting accreditation of the CA, CPA designation.

Education: BBA, Schulich School of Business – York University, CA,CPA – Expected Accreditation 2017

Rabeea Wajeeha

Events Director

Rabeea is a social entrepreneur. Prior to starting her own business, she worked in the humanitarian sector internationally for a number of years working on projects funded by United Nations and USAID.

Education: BA, Human Resources Management, York University

Waqas Khokhar

Marketing Director

Waqas is a Business Development Consultant at Google. Prior to joining Google, Waqas worked at Indeed, Robert Half, and State Street. He is currently the President of a non-profit called Project Connect.

Education: BA, Business, Brock University

Tasawar Ulhaq

President

Tasawar is an advisor to several groups including an investment group with a focus on Africa, a cyber security technology and consulting group, and agriculture technology venture. Tasawar was also a board advisor to MIV Digital, a venture capital investment group with offices in New York and Dubai. Prior to his role as a board advisor, Tasawar was the Managing Director of an Abu Dhabi-based family office. Tasawar continues to sit on the board of Basirah, a boutique consulting and advisory firm.

Education: MS, University of Bristol

Ridah Sabouni

Vice President

Ridah is the Managing Director in the MENA region for the clean energy consultancy Energetics Incorporated. He led the establishment of Energetics’ Dubai office in late 2015 and is responsible for Energetics projects across the region. Ridah has over 10 years of consulting experience supporting the development of a variety of clean energy technologies, programs, and energy efficiency best practices.

Education: BS, University of California, Davis; MS, University of California, Santa Barbara

Ahmad Abuhamda

Events Director

Ahmad is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) who works for Emirates Airlines as a Solutions Delivery Manager, focused on Airport Services and Customer Experience.

Education: BS, University of Texas at Dallas; MBA, Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Faisal Khan

Marketing Director

Faisal is a consultant with Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co). Previously, Faisal worked with Briarwood Capital Partners and Promontory Financial Group.

Education: BA, Williams College; MBA, Columbia University

Nadia Khan

Membership Director

Nadia is a Finance Controller for DNA Health Medical Center LLC. Previously, she worked in Bank of America’s distressed assets group.

Education: BS, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; MS, DePaul University

Waseem Rafdeen

Community Director

Waseem is a Senior Manager, Fixed Income and Structured Products at Ajman Bank’s Treasury & Capital Markets Division focusing on fixed income, investments, capital market activities, and structured products. Previously, Waseem was an Investment Analyst at Barwa Bank in Qatar.

Education: BS, DePaul University

Mohammad Shaikh

Board Advisor

Mohammad is a Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group – Dubai focused in Private Equity and Corporate Finance. Prior to BCG, Mohammad worked at BlackRock (NY, New York) – Alternative Investments | Real Estate.

Education: BS, CUNY Hunter College; MBA, University of Rochester

Sariya Ahmad

President

Sariya is the Senior Strategy Manager at Cobham Advanced Electronics Solutions (CAES), the North American subsidiary of Cobham PLC, a defense electronics company based in the U.K. In this role, Sariya works with executives and business development leads to create and implement business, product and technology strategies for CAES’ various divisions. Prior to this role, Sariya worked for Boeing Defense, Space & Security in Mergers & Acquisition, Competitive Intelligence, System Engineering and Structural Dynamics Engineering.
 
Education: BS, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; MS, Washington University in St. Louis; MBA, University of California-Irvine

Uzair Khan

Events Director

Uzair is an Associate Lead Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton, working on virtual reality and mobility within the federal arena. Prior to joining Booz, Uzair worked in IT consulting at the Department of Transportation and Department of Defense and ICO Global Communications, where he played a vital role in the acquisition and merger by Dish Networks. Uzair also worked as a Pre-Sales Engineer in Chicago helping close multi-million dollar deals in data storage and technology.

Education: BS, Purdue University; MS, George Washington University School of Business

Humza Nomani

Events Director

Humza is a Senior Defense & Intelligence Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, contracted by the United States Department of Navy, within their Energy and Utilities division. Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Humza was an Associate at KPMG, working on International Tax issues. Humza hails from Woodbridge, New Jersey.

Education: BS, Rutgers University; MBA, HULT International Business School, London

Ibi Tayyab

Special Events Director

Ibi Tayyab is a Senior Associate at Frontier Solutions, specializing in strategic communications and public affairs strategies. Prior to joining Frontier Solutions, Ibi was an Associate at Outreach Strategists where she supported over a dozen clients in coalition building, grassroots advocacy, and community outreach. Ibi also served in multiple roles on the Muppies Houston Committee before moving to Washington DC.

Education: BS, Texas A&M University – College Station

Member Engagement Initiatives

MBA Program

A two-part program aimed at assisting members gain admission into MBA programs across the nation. This includes a webinar series featuring admissions advice from graduates as well as a formal mentorship program with close to a 1:1  ratio of Mentors to Mentees, fostering an environment for individual, tailored advice. We have strong representation from all leading programs including (but not limited to) HBS, Wharton, MIT, Chicago Booth, and Northwestern Kellogg.

Local Events

Muppies hosts professional development and networking events in select cities, ranging from large panel events of 80+ attendees to intimate, roundtable discussions with a local industry leader. On average over 100 events are hosted globally every year

Listserve

Active email list with job opportunities, education and information sharing, request for data and insights, and opportunities to connect with Muppies members globally. In any given month, over 100 emails are sent over the listserv.

Student Initiatives

Investment Banking Program

Aims to prepare college juniors for the investment banking internship recruiting process by connecting qualified students with mentors working at top tier investment banks and trading firms. Over 40 students have been placed at top-tier banks including JPMorgan, Evercore, Moelis & Company and Goldman Sachs

Consulting Program

Provides high potential college seniors with a series of webinars related to the consulting recruiting process as well as dedicated mentors at top tier consulting firms.

Summer Intern Program

Connects summer interns with Muppies members in the city they are interning in through various welcome events as well as a mentorship program. Approximately 200 students have participated in the program since its inception.

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