Board Members



Dr. Aquilur Rahman is one of the founders of the Montgomery County Muslim Council and the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation in Maryland, and served as Chairman of the Boards of Directors of those organizations for four years. He is deeply involved in various civic, humanitarian and grass roots political activities.  In addition he supports many NGO’s which are engaged in philanthropic work in Pakistan as well as in America. He established a Trust Fund with other friends at the University of Karachi Alumni Association which has now raised over $1 million and distributes at least 250 scholarships per year to students at various academic institutions in Karachi, Pakistan.

He strongly supports those organizations which are working to raise Muslim-Americans’ awareness and helping them to find their legitimate place in their adopted country. In the political arena, he is highly involved with local Maryland and Federal elected officials.

Dr. Rahman obtained his Ph.D. from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland.

Thereafter he joined the National Institute of Health in Bethedsa, MD, and then moved to Georgetown University, Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., as Associate Professor. He has been deeply involved in innovative works in the area of cancer therapeutics. He has been involved in the development of a number of drugs took quite a few drugs in the clinic as new therapies for cancer patients. He holds more than 16 patents covering a wide range of cancer therapeutic.

Dr. Rahman founded a publicly-traded biotech company, NeoPharm Inc., in 1996. He served as Chief Scientific Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors. In his capacity as Chief Scientific Officer, he took multiple drugs to the clinic for cancer therapy and contributed greatly to the company’s success.  Currently, he serves as the President and CEO of N&N Pharmaceutical Inc., a company developing novel antiviral agents for infectious diseases.

Dr. Rahman lives in Potomac, MD, with his wife, Rukhsana. They have one daughter and one son and a grandchild.



Ambassador Islam A. Siddiqui left the Obama Administration in February 2014 after serving for four years as Chief Agricultural Negotiator with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He was responsible for bilateral and multilateral negotiations and policy coordination regarding agricultural trade, including the TTP, TTIP and WTO negotiations. In this capacity, Dr. Siddiqui played an active role in the successful 2013 WTO Ministerial meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

Between 1997 and 2001, Dr. Siddiqui served in the Clinton Administration in several capacities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture: as undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; Senior Trade Advisor to Secretary Dan Glickman; and Deputy Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. As a result, he worked closely with the USTR and represented the USDA in bilateral, regional and multilateral agricultural trade negotiations. Before joining the USDA, Dr. Siddiqui spent 28 years with the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Dr. Siddiqui was the first President and founding member of the United Muslims of America (UMA) in 1982. UMA and its sister organization, UMA Interfaith Initiative, continue to promote political and civic engagement and foster interfaith understanding in the San Francisco Bay Area to this day. In addition, he served as President and Board member of the Sacramento Muslim Mosque Association in the early 1990’s.

Currently, Ambassador Islam A. Siddiqui is serving as a Senior Adviser for Global Security at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).  He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant pathology, both from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He received his B.S. (Hon’s) degree in plant protection from the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India. In 2011, he was awarded the Doctor of Science (Honorary) Degree by his alma mater at Pantnagar. He can be reached by calling 202-725-7409 or by




Qaisar Shareef concluded a nearly 30-year career with Procter & Gamble in 2011. He joined the company in 1981 in Cincinnati, Ohio and served in several roles within the US and in P&G’s international operations in Marketing and in General Management. Most recently, he headed up the P&G operations in Pakistan; a role in which he served until early 2011, before returning back to the US. He is based in the Washington DC area. He is an advisory partner to Ward Howell International, a global executive recruiting and management consultancy firm. He also teaches as adjunct faculty in the MBA program, George Washington University, Department of International Business.


During his time at P&G Pakistan, Qaisar worked closely with several non-profit organizations engaged in providing education to the under privileged and in disaster relief. He is presently serving on the board of HOPE USA, and Executive Committee of US Pakistan Foundation. He is also on the Board of OPEN DC, organization of Pakistani entrepreneurs. He is serving on the board of Transparent Hands, a crowd funding platform that assists the underprivileged in covering health care costs. Earlier this year he was elected president of Montgomery County Muslim Council.

Qaisar is originally from Pakistan and first moved to Cincinnati in 1977. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati, in Ohio.


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Mrs. Ishrat Z. Husain is an economist and is currently employed in a senior capacity at the United States Agency for International (USAID). Prior to joining USAID, she worked at the World Bank for over 25 years in technical and managerial positions.

Mrs. Husain was born in India. She obtained Masters Degree and doctorate in Economics from Lucknow University, India. Later she got a Population Council Fellowship for Post-doctoral work at Princeton University. After completing her post doctoral work, Government of India offered her a position of Deputy Director of a newly established Research Center at the University of Lucknow where she directed research and taught until she joined the World Bank in 1970.

At the World Bank, she managed large lending portfolios in health and population. She directed Bank’s policy work in health and managed its operations in Bangladesh, East Asia and Africa. Mrs. Husain authored numerous reports, books and articles on economics and health issues. She is also active in various charitable and social service organizations.




Sajid Ajmeri is a practicing corporate attorney in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, where he has lived since 2005.
He attended New York University School of Law and worked as an associate at a major New York City law firm between 1994 and 2005.
Mr. Ajmeri was born and grew up in London, U.K., and read Modern History as an undergraduate at the University of Oxford, Exeter College.


Shafiq Khan is responsible for leading all of Marriott’s distribution channels. These include—among the world’s top retail sites; Marriott’s global reservations and contact centers; online travel agencies; global distribution systems (GDS); and emerging online travel intermediaries which include search engines such as Google and Yahoo and meta-search engines such as Kayak and Trip Advisor.

Previously, Shafiq was at US Airways, where he pioneered a series of groundbreaking initiatives which fundamentally restructured airline distribution. These include the development and launch of the airline industry’s first online booking product, Priority Travel Works; electronic ticketing; and various distribution channel re-engineering projects for the corporate marketplace.

Shafiq’s prior background includes assignments at United Airlines in marketing; management consulting with Booz. Allen & Hamilton International; marketing and sales assignments with Pakistan International Airlines, in Pakistan and in France.

His academic background includes an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an economics degree from the Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan.



Dr. Sahar Khamis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an expert on Arab and Muslim media, and the former Head of the Mass Communication and Information Science Department in Qatar University. Dr. Khamis holds a Ph.D. in Mass Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Manchester in England. She is a former Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago.

She is the co-author of the books: “Islam Dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and “Egyptian Revolution 2.0: Political Blogging, Civic Engagement and Citizen Journalism” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Additionally, she authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, journal articles and conference papers, regionally and internationally, in both English and Arabic.

She is the recipient of a number of prestigious academic and professional awards, as well as a member of the editorial boards of several journals in the field of communication, in general, and the field of Arab and Muslim media, in particular. Dr. Khamis is a media commentator and analyst, a public speaker