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Mariam Afzal currently serves as the Treasurer of the Chicago Chapter for CAMP. Mariam is a licensed Certified Public Account (CPA) and currently works as an Internal Auditor for United Airlines where she evaluates business processes to ensure compliance, operational and financial excellence for the company. Mariam graduated with her Associates in Science from Harper College. She also earned her Bachelor’s in Accountancy and was awarded the Outstanding Women Award from Northern Illinois University. She was also the founder and head editor for the Muslim Student Association Newsletter at Northern Illinois University and represented her colleges for intercollegiate speech and debate and is a National Gold Medalist in Public Speaking. Currently, Mariam serves on the Illinois CPA Society Board on the Women’s Task Force and loves volunteering for interfaith projects with the Jewish Muslim Community Building Initiative as well as organizing professional conferences and community events.
Shabana Ather currently serves as the 2013 Leadership Summit Director. She was one of the founding members for CAMP NJ and served as President from 2011-2012. Prior to the chapter’s inception, she participated in several CAMP activities at both national and chapter levels, including the 2008, 2009 and 2011 Summits and several local events for NYC and Philly.
Professionally, Shabana has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her current position in late stage drug development at Merck focuses on clinical trial design and management. She received an MPH from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ and a BS in Public Health from Rutgers University.
Shabana enjoys spending free time with family and friends and likes to participate in various humanitarian efforts, especially charity races.
Zainab Chaudary currently serves as the Communications Director of CAMP. Zainab has been involved with CAMP since 2010, when she attended her first CAMP iftars in New York and New Jersey, and has volunteered at the CAMP annual dinner at ISNA in 2012. Zainab has 7 years of experience working in government and the non-profit sector. She has worked in the United States House of Representatives since 2009, currently working on communications and outreach for a Member of Congress. Prior to this, Zainab worked with a Muslim non-profit on civil rights issues, outreach, and media relations. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and History from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in Germany. Zainab is actively involved with a number of volunteer organizations, serving as a steering committee member for “Ready to Run,” an annual conference for women interested in running for political office, administered by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics. Zainab has also raised funds for and assisted a number of causes, including CAIR-NJ, the Al-Shifa Foundation of North America, Ramadan for Relief, and Parwaz Playhouse. She has spoken on the importance of political participation at events for organizations ranging from South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) to the Asian American Hotel Owners’ Association (AAHOA). Most recently, Zainab served as a counselor for 9th-12th grade girls at the Mizaan Retreat, which seeks to bring young Muslims together to foster the creation of American Muslim identities during a weekend of activities, seminars, and personal spiritual exploration in a cabin camp setting. Zainab also blogs about traveling, spirituality, and the past, present, and future experiences that make up a life. She speaks 5 languages but asks the question: does she speak yours?
Imran Eba currently serves as the Executive Director of CAMP. Imran has been with CAMP since 2008, most recently as the Deputy Executive Director and prior to that as the President of the Philadelphia chapter. Professionally, Imran has 12 years of experience working in the life sciences/pharmaceutical industry in Toronto, London and Philadelphia, working in the areas of business development, fund-of-fund investments, acquisitions, financial valuations, risk management and assurance. He currently lives in the Philadelphia area and works in the business development group of a major pharmaceutical company where he is responsible for managing a portfolio of investments and negotiating global deals (in-licensing, collaborations and acquisitions) with other pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Imran has trained as a Canadian Chartered Accountant and has an undergraduate degree from the John Molson School of Business in Montreal, Canada. Imran spends his free time attending tea parties with princesses, fairies and his two young daughters.
Asma Hashmi serves as President of the CAMP – Chicago Chapter. Intermittently since 2004, she has held various Board positions as well as serving as an advisor.
Asma has several years of experience in the human resource and recruiting industries, where she has worked as an independent consultant for several Fortune 500 clients. Her expertise includes recruitment process outsourcing, account management, organizational development, career counseling, and performance improvement.
She was a Founding Board Member and Director of Personal Development for the Muslim Women’s Alliance (MWA) while also being actively involved with Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN), a community-based nonprofit and was one of the organizing leaders for the urban festival, Takin’ it to the Streets. In addition to volunteering at several non-profit and professional organizations, Asma loves to travel the world and learn about different cultures.
Asma holds a M.A. in Human Performance Improvement from Roosevelt University and a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University.
Nazish Huq currently serves as the Deputy Director of the 2013 CAMP Leadership Summit. Nazish has been involved with CAMP since 2006, and has volunteered her time the past two years on sub-committees involved in the organization of the CAMP Leadership Summits. Nazish received her B. S. in Biology from College of New Jersey and M. S. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Rutger’s University. She has 15 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry as a clinical research professional. For the past ten years she has been a Clinical Project manager across various therapeutic areas, primarily cardiovascular and oncology. She has worked at companies such as Kendle International (now INC Research), Johnson and Johnson, and Enzon Pharmaceuticals. Nazish has participated in the activities committee at each position to ensure informal networking and team building within the work environment is promoted.
ZEBA IQBAL was CAMP’s Executive Director from 2009 to 2011; and was Deputy Executive Director from 2007 to 2009. She was also the Conference Manager of CAMP’s 2008, 2009 and 2011 Summits. Zeba continues to be a strong supporter of and advisor to CAMP. Professionally, she has almost 15 years’ experience in real estate development and strategic consulting. She currently lives in New York City, and works for Princeton University managing their off-campus residential real estate development projects. Zeba has an MBA from The George Washington University, and an undergraduate degree in architecture from Bangalore, India. Zeba is a 2009-10 Fellow of USC CRCC’s American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, AMCLI.
Uzma Kaleem is the Chief Business Development Officer for Vicaire NY, an ecommerce platform for emerging fashion designers. Uzma has over 12 years experience in marketing, sales and business development. Her previous work experience includes advising on print on demand implementations at Mimeo.com, working with strategic alliances at Neustar, local and national radio advertising at Walt Disney and conducting field marketing in the technology group at PricwaterhouseCoopers. Uzma currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of CAMP. Uzma has been with CAMP since 2008 previously serving as the President of the New York chapter. Outside of her CAMP responsibilities, Uzma enjoys being involved with the community whether it is attending a charity event or volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Uzma is also the co-founder of the Jewish Muslim Volunteer Alliance, an NYC based interfaith group that was created out of her interest in holding an iftaar in a synagogue. Uzma earned her B.S. in both Marketing and Management Information Systems from George Mason University.
Syeda Reema Kamran graduated from Elmhurst College in 2000 with a degree in Economics and Business. As a student at Elmhurst College, Reema was a founding member of the Spiritual Life Council and the Muslim Student Association. Pursuing her passion for community service and seeking an innovative way to help non-profit organizations, Reema co-founded R &R Event Management in 2008. With an impressive clientele including Central Asia Institute, Zaytuna College and Hamdard Center, R & R Event Management focuses on empowering Not For Profit Organizations to strive towards their vision and ongoing success. Reema resides in Elmhurst, IL with her husband and four boys and continues to strive for the American Dream as a Muslim American.
owner and lead designer of Ayaat LLC. He has been commissioned by many different companies and organizations for a wide array of projects from corporate branding to billboards and everything in between. His talents include Arabic Calligraphy, Branding, Websites, Packaging, Apparel, Paintings, Decor, and much more. Beyond design Ali is a also a Licensed Counselor with a Masters in Community Counseling from Northeastern University. He uses a unique approach to counseling for Muslims by merging Islamic values and counseling techniques. Currently he is the Director of Counseling at the Muslim Community Center of Chicago, which is one of Chicagolands largest and longest serving Mosque.
Sabrina Qureshi serves as the Finance and Operations Director of CAMP. She joined CAMP in 2006 as an events planner for the Chicago chapter. Sabrina was active in helping plan the CAMP Summit in 2012, summit co-manager in 2011, assistant summit manager in 2009, and was the sponsorship manager for the 2008 conference. She has previously served as the president of the CAMP Chicago chapter and continues to be active with the chapter in an advisory role. Professionally, Sabrina is a research operations specialist and a business analyst for a financial research firm in Chicago. Sabrina graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in finance. Sabrina strongly believes in giving back to the community, enjoys event planning and volunteering for various organizations as well as supporting humanitarian causes. She has organized multiple dinners to support Islamic Relief and is an active organizer for the UMMA Center’s Ramadan Adopt a Refugee Family Initiative for over 5 years.
Asma Shafi is a freelance and full-time graphic designer with over 10 years experience in various industries including finance, law, entertainment and advertising. Asma has a masters in Design from Pratt Institute and has her own design firm — HummingDesign. Currently, Asma has an obsession for information design, metallic colors and stripes.
Benish Shah has over 10 years of experience in strategic business growth. A partner at Sardar Law Firm, Benish works primarily with fashion and tech entrepreneurs, and is a serial entrepreneur herself. She has served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Eva Khurshid, a NYC womenswear company, co-founded Global Executive Board LLC, and is currently the CEO of VICAIRE NY. Benish also co-authored a chapter in & edited the book Sandstorm: a leaderless revolution in the digital age (taught at Harvard, Fordham, Texas A&M and more), along with heading the marketing strategy for the book. She has worked at the Securities Exchange Commission, done the large-law firm late nights, and worked as a strategy consultant to numerous political nonprofits. Prior to law school, she was a Senior Consultant at the General Counsel Roundtable of CEB, working with General Counsels of Fortune 500 & Global 100 companies. In addition to her professional work, she has led research on anti-trafficking in women and Shari’ah Law. Her expertise in business strategy & law have led to speaking invitations from The University of Chicago, Oxford University, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Touro Law Center and University of Baltimore Law school. She has been quoted in Portfolio.com & The Huffington Post and published in The Washington Times, Rutgers Law Record, BroadStreet Times, and Touro Law Center. Benish has a J.D. from Emory School of Law & a B.A. from The George Washington University.
Roohi Younus graduated from Depaul University with a degree in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Management in 2001. After spending several years progressing her career at a consulting firm, Roohi decided to further pursuits in the non-profit sector. In 2008, Roohi Younus co-founded R&R Event Management to address the niche needs of the non-profit community. Roohi finds ways to enable organizations, such as Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) and Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), to reach their event goals through innovation, careful planning and management. R&R are delighted to be working on specific aspects of the CAMP Leadership Summit including Registration and Speaker Travel Logistics.