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Steering Committee biographies

The success of WISE rests on its strong and dedicated Steering Committee, which is responsible for guiding WISE’s overall activities and its specific program areas. The Committee meets weekly over the phone and in-person annually; it will expand membership following the July conference.

Anissa Naqrachi
Anissa Naqrachi (Morocco) is President and Founder of the Nour Association of Solidarity for Rural Women in the far-southern Moroccan city of Ouarzazate.

Binta Jammeh-Sidibe
Binta Jammeh-Sidibe (Gambia) is the Executive Director of the Association for the Promotion of Girls' and Women's Advancement in the Gambia (APGWA).

Daisy Khan
Daisy Khan is Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a New York based non-profit dedicated to strengthening an expression of Islam based on cultural and religious harmony and building bridges between Muslims and the general public.

Faeeza Vaid
Faeeza Vaid (United Kingdom) is the Coordinator of the Muslim Women’s Network UK and the Chairperson of Sister 2 Sister.

Laleh Bakhtiar
Laleh Bakhtiar has a BA in History from Chatham College, Master’s degrees in Philosophy and Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.

Mehnaz Mona-Afridi
Mehnaz Mona-Afridi holds a BA and MA in Religious Studies from Syracuse University and has studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Rumana Mahomed
Rumana Mahomed (South Africa) is the Chairperson of the Coalition of Muslim Women.

Sabeeha Rehman
Sabeeha Rehman has enjoyed a 25-year career as a Healthcare Executive, serving as a hospital administrator in New York, New Jersey and overseas.

Sadia Atta Mehmood
Sadia Atta Mehmood is a Project Officer for the Youth program of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Pakistan.

Sajia Behgum
Sajia Behgam Sajia Behgam (Afghanistan) is the Gender and Policy Advisor to the GTZ Gender Mainstreaming Project.

Saltanat Baetova
Saltanat Baetova Saltanat Baetova (Kyrgyz Republic) is member of the Supervisory Board of the PA Human Rights Center for Citizens against Corruption.

Sima Quraishi
Sima Quraishi is the Executive Director of the Muslim Women Resource Center located in Chicago, Illinois and is also on the board of several community-based organizations.

Sumbul Ali-Karamali
Sumbul Ali-Karamali is a writer and lawyer with a graduate degree in Islamic law.

Tayyibah Taylor
Tayyibah Taylor is the founding editor-in-chief and publisher of Azizah Magazine, a magazine that highlights the accomplishments of Muslim women.

*Aishah Schwartz (retired member of the Steering Committee)
Aishah Schwartz is founder and director of the Washington, D.C.-based Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA) that was established in 2006.

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Daisy Khan
Daisy Khan is Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a New York based non-profit dedicated to strengthening an expression of Islam based on cultural and religious harmony and building bridges between Muslims and the general public.