Our People

Naiel Iqbal


Naiel is an investment professional at Tiger Global Management, a New York based investment firm. 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 J.P. Morgan in New York. He started his career in the Special Situations group at Deutsche Bank.

He has been involved with Muppies since its inception.  He also serves on the Board of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the front-lines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths.  Finally, he is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Education: BS, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Haseeb Chowdhry

Director of Partnerships

Haseeb is currently Vice President of Wall Street Prep’s newly formed financial consulting practice. He advises firms on valuation, provides transaction support, develops complex financial model and business analytics.

Through his own consulting practice, Trivium Global, Haseeb has advised publicly traded and private companies across real estate, transportation, fintech, retail, and education technology sectors on capital raising, strategic planning, M&A and restructuring initiatives.

Prior to joining Wall Street Prep, Haseeb was an Assistant Vice President in the Strategic Analytics team at Barclays Wealth focused on streamlining operations and increasing profitability for various fee-based and transactional asset management businesses. Prior to Barclays, he served as a Senior Investment Banking Analyst at Jefferies focusing on maritime transportation companies, developing an expertise in unique LBO and capital raising structures. Immediately after graduation, Haseeb helped establish a Shariah-compliant financing subsidiary for Edible Arrangements International, Inc.

Education: BS, Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University

Nabeel Ali

Director of Member Engagement

Nabeel is a technology professional based in New York City. He currently serves as Head of Global Sales Strategy for mParticle, a hyper-growth enterprise software startup backed by blue-chip investors. He previously worked at MongoDB, where he helped drive one of NYC’s most successful tech IPOs (Nasdaq: MDB). Nabeel is an engineer by background and has received multiple national awards for leadership in technology innovation.

Education: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Carmille Lim

Global Programming & Operations Consultant

Carmille Lim is a former nonprofit executive and has substantial experience in government relations, public policy analysis, media relations, capacity building, and organizational development. Carmille most recently served as executive director of Common Cause Hawaii where she oversaw the state chapter’s lobbying, fundraising, and community outreach activities.

Carmille calls Honolulu, Hawaii and Seattle, Washington home. She is based in Los Angeles, California, is a grantmaking committee member of the Ebell Club of Los Angeles, and serves on the board of the Los Angeles-based APEX: Asian Professional Exchange.

Education: Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan

Linda Amrou

Global Events Consultant

Linda is currently a Program Officer for Columbia University’s Global Centers in New York. She is responsible for establishing research and education-based programming and partnerships that deepen engagement and foster a dynamic atmosphere of global intellectual inquiry, creativity, and impact both on campus and cross-collaboratively with the Centers worldwide.

After earning her JD, she practiced at an immigration law firm where she focused on family reunification and human rights-based litigation. She previously served as President of the International Law Students Association (ILSA) where she lectured internationally, contributed to academic articles, and organized programming that served thousands of students from more than 500 institutions and over 80 countries across the globe. Linda also served as a human rights observer at the 9/11 Commission Hearings in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She is a U.S. Department of State Gilman Scholar, recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service, and was also awarded a full-ride scholarship through the Center for Global Understanding and the Washington Center to serve at the United Nations World Health Organization.

Education: JD, concentration in international law, the University of Toledo

Sayed Alaali

International Adviser 

Sayed is an investment professional based in Toronto. He is currently working at Slate Asset Management, a $6.0 billion real estate private equity firm, focusing on corporate development, strategic initiatives and investments. He previously worked at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board across various investment groups focusing on US and Latin American investments.

Education: B.S. in Actuarial Science, University of Toronto

Rameez Khan

US East Coast Adviser 

US East Coast Adviser Rameez is a management consulting professional for KPMG based out of Chicago, IL. Rameez specializes in technology transformations currently focusing on the financial software industry and has previous experience in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry. Rameez has a consistent track record in philanthropic involvement with his local communities.

Madeeha Aziz

US West Coast Advisor

Madeeha is a technical program manager for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Madeeha has served in both industry and consulting roles with over 10 years of cybersecurity, risk and compliance experience. Madeeha has primary focus on data protection strategies, cloud security and integrating cybersecurity as part of agile development. She has held leadership positions in both corporate and muslim community settings.


US East Coast Advisor


Ahmed Awal

Consulting Program

Ahmed Awal is Co-Lead of Muppies’ Consulting Program.

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Saddmun Ahsan

Consulting Program

Saddmun Ahsan is Co-Lead of Muppies’ Consulting Program.

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Mahreen Qureshi

Website Lead

Mahreen is a management consultant by profession based out of Houston, Texas. Her expertise includes evaluating and designing marketing strategies to facilitate the exchange between companies and their consumers. She currently works at Cimbria Consulting specializing in branding, marketing, and research strategies for international clients. She has helped several nonprofits with their marketing and branding. Prior to joining Cimbria Consulting, Mahreen worked with several foreign affiliates such as the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations, British Council, HPO AG-Zurich, and the Swiss Embassy in diverse roles focusing on business strategy, management consulting, marketing, and product planning. Mahreen is of Pakistani descent and grew up in the United Arab Emirates, but now calls Texas home.

Education: MBA, Bauer College of Business – University of Houston.

Anum Khan

Digest Lead

Anum is a Media & Entertainment professional who thrives working with creatives and creating unforgettable experiences. Originally from Los Angeles, Anum got her start working at Live Nation in the editorial department of Insomniac Events. There, she worked as a music journalist, crafting digital content around music festivals. She then took a leap of faith and moved to Doha, Qatar to work at Trimoo Parks. As a Brand Specialist, Anum worked on the launch of the country’s first theme parks.

Anum most recently moved back to the US in August 2018 to begin her MBA at Columbia University, where she continues to build her creative and business acumen. Like any good millennial, she loves traveling, live music and great storytelling.

Education: MBA Candidate, Columbia University

Mohamed Taha

Global PR Lead

Mohamed is a senior digital strategist, content manager and award-winning journalist. He brings a wealth of global experience across digital, communications, marketing, journalism, public relations and social media. Currently in Istanbul, he is the digital content and strategy manager at TRT World, Turkey’s international English news and entertainment network. In his role, Mohamed led the planning division, developed an editorial vision and rolled out content plans for the digital department of 130 executive producers, editors, journalists, content makers, marketers and strategists. Most recently he leads an agile team that is building comprehensive project plans to digitise, internationalise and commercialise TRT’s products and assets.

Prior to joining TRT World, he worked at the global media agency Breakthrough Media and helped establish their Australian office in Sydney. He devised and executed strategic communications campaigns and launched successful social media channels for clients. Prior to that, Mohamed was a multi-platform journalist and reporter at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). His stories have featured on flagship ABC programs such as Lateline, AM, PM, The World Today and Triple J’s Hack. He has covered major breaking news events across Australia. His specialties are digital strategy and transformations, strategic communications, agile project management, content creation and impactful cross-platform storytelling. Mohamed thrives in high-pressure fast-paced environments, meeting deadlines and managing high performance teams. He is passionate about interactive entertainment and the intersection of people, media and technology.

Education: Bachelor of Journalism and Laws at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Syed Ali

Analytics & Partnerships
Syed spent most of his early years in life living in Kuwait. He eventually moved to the United States to study Finance at Indiana University and at UMass Amherst. After graduating with a degree in Finance, he worked in Mergers and Acquisitions as an Investment Banker at KeyBanc Capital Markets and in Corporate Development at AvidXchange. Syed most recently decided to move back to Boston to join the Strategic Finance team at Wayfair.
Syed is very passionate about entrepreneurship and volunteering. He is currently working on an e-Commerce business that aims to raise awareness and funds for the migrant crisis happening in the Middle East.



Obaid Farooqui


Obaid is a software engineer currently working at Audible on the Android team. Prior to that he was at Microsoft, where he worked on shipping and scaling Microsoft Teams. His interests include product, design, politics, culture, and writing.

Education: BS in Computer Science, Tufts University

Omar Muneeruddin


Omar works at an energy company serving customers in the United Kingdom and parts of the Northeast in the United States. Prior to that he worked in consulting. His interests include energy, the environment, and Liverpool Football Club.

Education: BA in Economics, Business, Psychology, New York University; MBA, New York University

Zunaira Malik


Zunaira is a consultant at Accenture specializing in design strategy primarily in the health care space focusing on user research and experience design. She is passionate about finding ways to bridge the gap from design to business. Prior to this, Zunaira spent time at Accenture’s Corporate Citizenship Program and has extensive experience in designing and leveraging technology for social impact. Outside of work Zunaira is passionate about community building, leadership, and education access.

Education: BA in International Affairs and Political Science, Northeastern University

Hussain Tariq


Although originally from Kentucky, Hussain Tariq is currently in Boston as a 2L at Northeastern University School of Law. After graduation, Hussain hopes to practice both Intellectual Property Law and Immigration Law. Hussain recently worked at Project Citizenship, a non-profit organization that specializes in immigration law, helping greencard holders with the naturalization process. This spring, Hussain will be working in the clerk’s office at the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County.

Education: BA in Political Science, Xavier University

Zaid Haque


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

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

Ismail Ali

Events Director

Ismail works in Data Operations at Lumere, a healthcare analytics company in Chicago. Prior to joining Lumere as employee number 42, Ismail was employee number 9,000 at Epic, where he worked on the Revenue Cycle implementation team.

Education: BS Economics, University of Michigan

Samiah Iqbal

President Emeritus

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

Uzair Khan


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

Ibi Tayyab

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

Matthew Stevens

Matthew is currently a Strategy & Operations Consultant at Slalom Consulting in Washington DC and has over 6-years of experience applying tactical implementation expertise in fast-paced, unstructured environments. Matthew is passionate about advising clients, across various industries, through major transformations by providing creative recommendations. Matthew graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School. After work, Matthew likes to surround himself with the outdoors as much as possible by either running, biking, hiking, paddle-boarding, or cafe hopping.

Education: BA, UNC Chapel Hill

Saad Zariff

Saad is the Vice President of North America at Wahed Invest, a halal digital investment firm that specializes in providing Sharia’h compliant investment products. Saad brings with him over 10 years of experience in the Private Wealth Management space, having worked in UK, Switzerland, Spain and USA. Currently, Saad is involved in managing client relations and product development at Wahed Invest, as well as hosting educational workshops across the country on financial products. During his spare time, Saad likes to entertain family and friends by preparing savory and sweet crepes from recipes he learnt while working as a pancake chef during his college days.

Education: BA, London School of Management



Sania Baqai

Sania is a Senior Analyst at Accenture, where she works on product and marketing strategy, change management, project management, and digital marketing. She is originally from the Bay Area and has prior experience at PwC and Nutanix.

Education: BA, Santa Clara University

Jihad Turk

Jihad is the founding President of Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School, the nation’s first Muslim graduate seminary to offer accredited Master’s degrees in the fields of Islamic Studies, Education, Chaplaincy and Leadership. Jihad previously served as the Imam/Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Southern California, LA’s oldest and largest mosque. He is a sought after national speaker on issues related Islam, Muslims in America, Muslim Reform Movements, Ethical Leadership, and Spiritual and Identity Formation of Youth. Additionally, Jihad has committed himself to building bridges across faith communities to collaboratively address issues of homelessness and poverty.

Education: BA, UC Berkeley; MA, University of Texas at Austin

Ahmad Ashraf

Ahmad is a Certified Public Accountant and a Partner at White Huns. He started his career at Deloitte where he specialized in the healthcare and legal industries. He serves clients throughout Southern California and some of his current and prior clients have been DLA Piper, WellPoint, Inc. Cedar Sinai Medical Center, and Health Net, Inc. Amgen, Inc., and many local law firms and healthcare practices. Ahmad is the Co-Founder of Al-Rasool Masjid, Inc. and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board.

Education: BS, Pepperdine University; MBA, Pepperdine University

Zeba Qureshi


Zeba is a marketing professional at BBC, where she leads global trade marketing and events across BBC World News, BBC.COM and BBC World Service. Prior to joining BBC, she worked at Compass Group in the special events team delivering shows such as the BRIT Awards, Royal Windsor Horse Show, and the Wimbledon Championships.

Education: BSc, Aston University

Amara Ahmed

Vice President

Amara is a Programme Manager at British Telecom, where she leads the PMO office as part of the Transformation programme for Openreach. Prior to working with British Telecom, she was a teacher specialising in special needs education. In her spare time, Amara is an avid vlogger focusing on capturing and sharing journeys of professionals within the Muslim community.

Education: BA, Salford University

Rabia Khokhar

President Emeritus

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

Ahsan Rahim


Ahsan is an Associate at McKinsey & Co in the Strategy & Corporate Finance practice. Here, he focuses on projects in the private equity/asset management, automotive/industrial and consumer/retail/luxury goods spaces. Prior to joining McKinsey and before business school, Ahsan worked at AllianceBernstein in fixed income and asset allocation/global macro investing.

Education: BA, Grinnell College; MBA, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Mufti Nayeem Ahmed


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

Sami Ahmad, P.E.

Marketing Director 

A native New Yorker, Sami is the Project Engineer for the $2.2 billion dollar Hudson-Bergen Light Rail project for Kinkisharyo International LLC. His experience is in light rail vehicle design and managing various vehicle upgrade projects. He has broken with millennial tradition and has been with the company for six and a half years and is also a licensed professional engineer in the state of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In his free time he likes to ski, play tennis, and archer. Education: BS, Columbia University

Saddmun Ahsan

Marketing Director 

Saddmun is currently a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company. Previously, he has interned at Unilever (a consumer goods company) and Nomura Securities (a Japan based investment bank). He serves Muppies as the co-marketing director in NYC and as the co-Head of the Consulting program.

Afraz Khan

Events & Community Director

Afraz Khan currently serves on the legal support staff of the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He works alongside attorneys in conducting research and legal administrative work on cases of discrimination primarily in law enforcement, housing and education. Previously, Afraz served as a Community Liaison at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office where he collaborated with elected officials and Community Boards in developing reforms on local issues including affordable housing and access to mental health resources. Education: BA, New York University

Huda Khatoon

Events & Community Director 

Huda is a Cognitive Consultant with the Watson AI team at IBM. Here she uses Machine Learning, Deep learning, and Cognitive Computing to create digital assets specific to enterprise use cases. Huda is driven by growth and has a passion for community building. Education: BA, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Amer Khan

Amer works as a Data Scientist with a FinTech company where he builds predictive machine learning models to solve clients’ (majorly Fortune 500 companies) problems and create innovative technology solutions that drive automation. In the past, he worked with Blackstone Group, LLC a property development and asset management firm; and the Strategy & Innovation Unit at United Nations Development Programme. In his free time, Amer loves traveling and engaging in adventure sports. Education: MS, New York University

Ali Khan


Ali Khan is a Product Configuration Specialist at Philips Health Care where he coordinates the activity of numerous cross functional teams to analyze different medical equipment to optimize product configurations and sales. Prior to working at Philips, Ali worked as a Production Engineer at The Boeing Company where he specialized in high level risk mitigation and analysis.

Education: BE, Mechanical Engineering, Stony Brook 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.

Education: BA, Washington State University

Alishba Khawaja

Events Director

Alishba is a Technical Product Manager at Microsoft in Cloud and Enterprise Group, specifically working on solving problems in big data and analytics space.

Education: BS, Computer Science, University of Maryland College Park

Azima Mansuri

Events Director

Azima is a User Experience Designer at Microsoft, currently creating interactive experiences for customers visiting any of the 116 physical stores across 5 countries. Previously, she served as a Design Researcher for the v1 enterprise HR software, Dynamics for Talent as well as a Service Engineer, focusing on BI, telemetry, and data visualization for the retail stores team. Prior to moving to Seattle, she worked in data science, UX design, and design research at Johnson and Johnson. In the remaining 128 hours of her week, you can find her designing visuals for local non-profits and interiors for friends’ apartments, exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and learning new recipes.

Education: BS, Rutgers University

Sana Sareshwala

Events Director

Sana is a Program Manager at Amazon on Marketplace Business, working toward ensuring safe products and sellers are on the Amazon platform. Before her time at Amazon, she was a Program Administrator at Morgan Stanley. She is originally from the California Bay Area, and moved to Seattle June 2015.

Education: BA, Economics and Political Science, University of California Davis

Minhaj Khan

Co-President, San Francisco

Minhaj is a Software Engineer at Salesforce and entrepreneurship enthusiast. Outside of work, he loves planning adventure trips, snowboarding, & playing guitar.

Education: BA, UC Berkeley

Zaib Zaidi

Co-President, San Francisco

Zaib is an ACCA & PMP member working as a Manager at Grant Thornton’s Risk Advisory practice focusing on Internal Audit, SOX consulting projects. Outside of work, he loves following Liverpool FC, U2 and playing his favorite tunes on the guitar.

Anam Ahsani

Events Director, San Francisco

Anam is an Audit Accountant at a boutique accounting firm in San Francisco and her hobbies include painting, networking, ice skating, and hiking.

Education: BA, UC Berkeley

Noreen Ahsan

Events Director, San Francisco

Noreen is an Operations Manager at Cambly, a yCombinator startup focused on helping people practice English. At Cambly, she develops new markets and maintains the tutor community. Prior to joining Cambly, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia. Outside of work, Noreen dances like she’s Bollywood’s Bruno Mars.

Education: BA, Smith College

Abdellatif Abdelfattah

Events Director, San Francisco

Abdellatif is a Software Engineer at Twitter. Prior to joining Twitter, he worked at Groupon, NASA, and co-founded a startup. Abdellatif is passionate about building bonds between people in the Muslim community and bridging the gap between students and working professionals.

Education: San Jose State University

Atif Javed

Events Director, San Francisco

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.

Hassan Bhatti

Toronto Executive Committee Member / Event Director

Hassan Bhatti is technology entrepreneur with broad technical and business knowledge along with proven ability to take incredibly hard technical ideas and commercializing them. He is currently co-founder of CryptoNumerics, a venture backed start-up helping organizations do privacy protected analytics across independent decentralized datasets in a secure fashion.

Education: BSc in physics and economics from University of British Columbia. 

Eiraj Sohail

Toronto Executive Committe Member / Event Director 

Eiraj Sohail is currently an investment professional who works for a large canadian pension plan within the private equity group. Eiraj is one of the co-founders of Muppies Toronto.

Education: BA, Honours Economics and Finance, Wilfrid Laurier University

Ali Ladha

Toronto Executive Committe Member / Event Director

Ali Ladha is an investment professional who works in sell side-equity research covering Canadian media and telecom at BMO Capital Markets. 

Education: CPA, CA, CFA

Summaiya Shaikh

Toronto Executive Committee Member / Event Director 

Summaiya Shaikh is a marketing specialist for Xtalks, the leading provider of webinar production and news publication for the life industry. She manages market strategy, media campaigns and client support. 

When she’s not working or spending time with her family, Summaiya enjoys reading, travelling, and being involved with initiatives that empower and educate individuals.

Jibran Sakran

Toronto Executive Committee Member  / Event Director 

Jibran is currently an investment professional working in the real estate investment analysis department at Walmart Canada, overseeing the portfolio of stores. 

Education: Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting, McMaster University 

Tasawar Ulhaq


Tasawar runs a growth strategy and advisory platform, and also holds the responsibility of being the board advisor to Eminence Investments, an Abu Dhabi based family office and MI Ventures, a New York based private equity venture firm. Tasawar was formerly Founder and Managing Partner of Basirah, a boutique consulting firm, where he successfully executed third party business development, placement and consulting services. Prior to establishing Basirah, he set up the Middle East desk of CF Consulting, where he successfully worked with major financial institutions, family offices and sovereign wealth funds across the GCC. Tasawar established his career in London working as a highly technical derivatives consultant to quantitative analyst and financial engineers at leading hedge funds and financial institutions across United Kingdom and Europe.

Education: MEng, 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

Daniel Ahmed

Events Director

Daniel is a Senior Analyst at the Prime Minister’s Office – UAE and works for the world’s first Minister of Artificial Intelligence. He was previously part of the FinTech team at Deloitte UK, where he advised financial services clients on the impact of exponential technologies to their businesses. Daniel is a co-founder of the Islamic Finance & Ethics Society at the University of London, and is currently working with Finocracy to explore and develop solutions that will disrupt the Islamic finance industry.

Education: BSc, King’s College London

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

Farida Talaat

Marketing Director

Farida is a Public Relations and Marketing professional. She started her career with Burj Al Arab in Dubai and from there moved into PR and Communications. She worked with multinational WPP agencies H+K Strategies and MSLGROUP where she consulted on a number of public and private sector clients. Afterwards, Farida was the PR and Social Media Specialist for Canon ME, managing the brand’s communications function across two geographical regions. Her love for philanthropy saw her elected twice as the Secretary General of an NGO in Dubai.

Education: The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, World Media Academy – EMDI Institute of Media and Communication


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