S. Qaisar Shareef
Qaisar Sharif concluded a nearly 30-year career with Procter & Gamble in 2011. He joined the company 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 currently providing consulting services on business strategy projects to various clients. He has also teaches as adjunct faculty in the MBA program at George Washington University, Department of International Business. He was elected president of Montgomery County Muslim Council in January 2015.
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. Qaisar lives with his family in Silver Spring, MD.
Shafiq Khan is Senior Vice President Channel Strategy & Distribution Marriott International. In ths role he is responsible for leading all of Marriott's distribution channels. These include Marriott.com—among the world's top retail sites; Reservations; online travel agencies; global distribution systems (GDS); and the emerging online travel intermediaries which include search engines such as Google and Yahoo and meta-search engines such as Kayak and TripAdvisor.
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 TravelWorks; 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.
Shafiq is currently on the boards of the American Foundation for the Blind and Roomkey.com. His prior board assignments include the Airline Reporting Corporation and the Harvard Business School Club of Washington D.C.
Omar Dadi received his degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been an entrepreneurer in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United States and has held leadership positions in the Automotive, Education, Supply Chain and Technology sectors. In 2015, he started an Assisted Living home in Silver Spring.
Omar is also the Treasurer for the Maryland Muslim Council. He resides in Potomac and has been involved with MCMC in various capacities for more than a decade.
Member of the Board
Tufail Ahmad is one of the founding members of MCMC and is also chairman of the board of Montgomery County Muslim Foundation (MCMF), a charitable organization of the Muslim community, which is involved in several programs such as feeding the homeless, coordinating food drives for local food pantries, distributing raw meat to the needy, providing Thanksgiving dinners and distributing gifts to deserving families in Montgomery County.
Mr. Ahmad was born in Allahabad, India and obtained his masters degree in Commerce from Allahabad University in 1958. He then immigrated to Pakistan and after passing the Civil Service Examination, he joined the Audit and Accounts Service in 1961. He served in the Government of Pakistan for 11 years out of which four years were spent with the United Nations Board of Auditors in New York. He immigrated with his family to America in 1973 and joined a shipping brokerage company in Washington, DC and then established his own shipping brokerage firm, Euro-America Shipping and Trade, Inc.
Tufail Ahmed has been an active member of the Democratic Party in Maryland since year 2000. He is the father of three children and a proud grandfather of seven grandchildren. He and his wife reside in Potomac, MD.
Member of the board
Hisham Garti is a Moroccan American professional who came to the US at the age of 19 to pursue his education in Texas and has been calling Potomac home with his wife, a native Montgomery County resident, and two children for the past five years.
After receiving his Masters in Financial Engineering/Investment Management, Hisham joined TIAA-CREF in Bethesda as an advisor, leaving the state of Texas after 15 wonderful years and the for-profit world to embark on an investment management career within a not for profit company.
Having enjoyed professional success in areas ranging from financial sales, to management, consulting and financial planning, Hisham has built a diverse career and acquired skills and knowledge that he has been putting to good use in service to his community since he first moved here, and will continue doing what he can to help his fellow Muslim Americans achieve their highest potential.
An avid cyclist who cherishes playing tennis anytime he can, Hisham thrives on giving back to the community and staying attached to his Moroccan heritage in which he takes great pride.
Member of the board
Nomaan is a Senior Manager at Marriott International, responsible for all aspects of Digital, Distribution, and Marketing Reporting. Previously, Nomaan was a Senior Analyst in the Business Intelligence Group at Choice Hotels, where he designed A/B testing methodologies to measure incremental impact of various marketing campaigns, evaluated the impact of Choice's revenue management program and rate recommendation tool, and produced ad-hoc analyses to answer questions from business leaders. Prior to Choice, Nomaan worked at Festo Corporation, a leader in high-tech / industrial automation, in Hauppauge, NY where he was actively involved in improving strategic planning processes, as well as, designing and implementing growth initiatives that would enable the organization to achieve its 5-year revenue targets. His principal contribution at Festo was the construction of macroeconomic models that were used to forecast YOY sales growth with high accuracy, thus becoming the foundation for future target setting. Nomaan has also held roles with WordAppeal and Gerson Lehrman Group. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago, and resides in Gaithersburg, MD with his wife and daughter.
Member of the Board
Irma Hafeez has lived in Montgomery County and Maryland for over 25 years and has diligently worked to bridge the gap between Muslim American and the community at large through her active involvement in the political landscape, social service projects, interfaith groups and public education. Her greatest contributions have been to successfully engage the Muslim community and especially seniors and youth in the political system and awareness. She first began community service by getting involved with the political activities of her residential Congressional District volunteering herself, then recruiting and mentoring members from the community.
She has been a co-founder of many non-profit organizations in the county and has also served as an appointee by the Maryland Governor and County Executive in Commissions and Advisory groups:
- Montgomery County Muslim Foundation (MCMF)
- US PAK Foundation
Irma has served in appointed positions at various boards and commissions in the County and State:
- Chair, County Executive's Middle Eastern American Advisory Group 2008 – 2011
- Commissioner, Gov. Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs 2008 - 2012
- Commissioner, Gov. Commission on South Asian American Affairs 2012 - Present
- Member Transition Team - County Executive Ike Leggett 2006
- County Ethnic Advisory Committee
- Library Cultural Advisory Board
- Montgomery County Leadership Committee: Due to her efforts the County Executive for the first time in the County created a Middle Eastern Advisory Board for residents.
Member of the board
Fariha Haque is the Director of the Washington program for Middlebury College.
Prior to her work at Middlebury she held several positions with the Central Office of DC Public Schools. Previously she worked in the political strategy firm, TSD Communications, and started her career in the finance group for the Walt Disney Company and Enron Corporation.
Fariha received her master’s degree in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.
Fariha resides in Bethesda with her family.
Anwar Masood, M.D.
Member of the Board
Anwar Masood graduated from Dow Medical College in Karachi Pakistan in 1987. He immigrated to America in 1994 and worked at Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and National Institute of Health in Bethesda. He is now engaged in private practice with his wife in Clarksburg MD.
Anwar started his volunteer career by first serving in his HOA in Germantown, MD. He has also served as an adviser on the Montgomery County Recreation Board, and Consumer Protection Advisory Board. He has served on the board of Dow Alumni, USA, Karachi University Alumni USA, MCMF and is a past president of MCMC. He is a registered Democrat and is the Deputy Precinct Chair at District 15. Anwar has formed a global think tank for Pakistan called Indus, a 501c3 organization. Anwar resides in Clarksburg with his wife and son.
Advisory Board Member
Mumin Barre is an elected member of the Montgomery County Democratic Party Central Committee and serves on the Montgomery County Sister Cities Board. Previously, he served as the President and Vice-Chair of MCMC, Chair of the District 39 Democratic Caucus, and served on other organizations include the African-American Democratic Club of Montgomery County, Montgomery County African Affairs Advisory Group, Maryland Governor's Commission on African Affairs, Montgomery County Committee for Ethnic Affairs, and Montgomery County Muslim Foundation.
Mumin earned a M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. He is a Technical Specialist with the Travelers Property Casualty Company.
Advisory Board Member
Khalid Chaudhry is the past President of the Montgomery County Muslim Council where he has been involved with various civic, social and humanitarian causes. In addition, Khalid works with other social organization particularly those undertaking humanitarian work in third world countries. By profession Khalid is an engineer who was trained in the United Kingdom and has held executive level positions in the telecommunications sector. Most recently he was in Atlanta where he was worked on a multi-billion dollar integration of two companies. Khalid who retired in 2008 lives with his wife in Rockville. He has three children and three grandchildren. He enjoys travelling, biking, cricket and playing bridge.
Dr. Aquilur Rahman
Advisory Board Member
Aquilur Rahman is one of the founders of MCMC and served as Chairman of the Board for four years. He was deeply involved in various civic, humanitarian and grass root political work. In addition he supports many NGO's which are engaged in philanthropic work in Pakistan as well as in America. Dr. Rahman established a trust fund with other friends at the University of Karachi Alumni Association which distributes scholarships to various Academic Institutions in Karachi, Pakistan. He strongly supports those organizations which are working towards increasing Muslim-American's awareness to find their legitimate place in America. In the political arena, he is highly involved with local and federal elected officials.
Dr. Rahman attained his Ph.D. from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland. Thereafter he joined the NIH and then moved to Georgetown University, Lombardi Cancer Center as and Associate Professor. He was deeply involved in innovative works in the area of cancer therapeutics and has taken 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.. In his capacity as Chief Scientific Officer, he took multiple drugs to the clinic for cancer therapy and made the company flourish extensively. Presently, he is the President and CEO of N&N Pharmaceutical Inc. developing novel antiviral agents for infectious diseases. Dr. Rahman lives with his wife in Potomac. They have one daughter and one son and two grandchildren.