Speakers

Melanie Elturk
Fashion Designer, Lawyer, Entrepreneur
Leading industry expert on modest fashion as the CEO of Haute Hijab She shares her entrepreneurial journey and empowers women around the world
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Amer F. Ahmed, Ed.D.
Intercultural Diversity Consultant
As an intercultural diversity consultant, college administrator, facilitator, poet and Hip Hop activist, he channels his diverse experiences into work geared towards effective change serving to create mutual benefit for all.
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Afia N. Yunus, ESQ.
Immigration Lawyer
When Immigration and Islamophobia have taken over the mainstream, Afia educates and dispels misconceptions about the immigration process, the immigrant experience, and Muslims in America.
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Yasir Qadhi
Islamic Theologian & Religious Studies Professor
Why is this American Academic, Professor, Muslim Scholar, and Yale Graduate - on the ISIS Hit List?
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Hind Makki
Interfaith Educator & Founder of Side Entrance
Hind is an ISPU "Re-Imagining Muslim Spaces" Task-force Member, Co-Chair of ISNA Mosque Inclusion Committee, and the founder of Side Entrance : A Unique Documentation of Muslim Women Prayer Spaces
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Adeel Zeb
Chaplain and Interfaith Specialist
Adeel Zeb is a global TEDx Speaker, interfaith scholar, and Huffington Post blogger. He serves as the first Muslim president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC). He currently serves as the Co-University Chaplain at the Claremont Colleges.
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Laila Alawa
CEO and Founder of The Tempest
CEO and Founder of The Tempest, a leading media company by diverse millennial women, for the world. From culture to news, entertainment to life, The Tempest connects millions of readers with the vanguard of next generation writers, producers and image makers
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Ziad Ahmed
Social Justice Activist & Founder of Redefy
Ziad Ahmed is a seventeen-year-old senior at Princeton Day School. He is an American-Muslim, Bangladeshi, and passionate social justice activist
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Noor Ali
Social Justice Educator
As a social justice educator, Noor facilitates conversations on social identity, group dynamics, power, privilege, oppression, intersectionality, and more
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Faizan Mumtaz
Educator and Arabic Instructor
Interfaith educator and leader, and mentor for Muslim youth since the age of 13 through Young Muslims (YM) where he served various leadership positions at the local and national level
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Isra C.
Advocacy and Social Justice Trainer and Expert
Provides training in leadership, project management, advocacy, policy strategy, and information technology to communities to inspire communities to become effective leaders and advocates
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Miko Peled
Writer & Peace Activist
Miko Peled is a writer and activist born and raised in Jerusalem. Driven by a personal family tragedy to explore Palestine, its people and their narrative, he has written a book about his journey called “The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.”
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Jana Alakhras
Palestinian Peace Activist & Law Student
Jana is Palestinian-American and soon to be graduate of OSU Moritz College of Law. She discusses Israel - Palestine relations as well as being an American Muslim.
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Omar Usman
Leadership and Social Media Expert
An engaging and eloquent speaker on relevant issues to people of all ages including leadership, social media, and financial well-being.
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Zara Asad
Multimedia Journalist
Multimedia journalist telling riveting human interest stories and covering Islam + Muslim life in America
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Sarah Harvard
Journalist for Mic
Sarah Harvard is a phenomenal and highly trending staff writer at Mic where she covers race, religion and culture. She's also a stand up comedian.
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Nadia Hassan
Social Justice Advocate
Empowering youth toward social entrepreneurship, social innovation and academic excellence through youth development, community organizing, and identity exploration
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Ahmad Abojaradeh
Mental Health Advocate
Co-Founder of Muslim Community Link, an Engineer, a world traveler, a Peer Support Specialist, a Novelist and the founder and editor of Life in My Days
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Sultan Sharrief
Filmmaker, Social Entrepreneur, & Educator
Sultan is the associate producer of "Moozlum" and "Bilal's Stand" , two films that explore the experiences of being Black and Muslim.
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Chris Blauvelt
Founder & CEO, LaunchGood
He is the founder and CEO of LaunchGood, the world’s largest faith-inspired crowdfunding platform that has raised over $15 million across 77 countries for thousands of campaigns.
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Faran Saeed
College Administrator
Faran shares his expertise as a student affairs professional focusing on Muslim college student identity development, and campus climate for Muslim students on campus
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Subhaan Ashrafi
Life Coach & Youtuber
Subhaan has more than 70 million views and 270,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel SubTheGamer which he launched in 2011. He talks about his entrepreneurial journey as a Muslim teenager, and how he was influenced to motivate others through his growing platform.
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Amany Killawi
Co-Founder, LaunchGood
Amany is a social worker turned social entrepreneur, who currently serves as the COO and co-founder of Launch Good, a global crowdfunding platform for projects, campaigns, and creative ideas.
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Ayesha Mattu
Co-Editor of Love InshAllah & Salaam Love
"Never met a Muslim? Now you can meet 47!" Ayesha Mattu's insightful anthologies are a collection of short stories from Muslim women and men. A great common reading experience in understanding the diverse love lives of Muslims in America.
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Nura Maznavi
Co-Editor of Love InshAllah & Salaam Love
What is society's perception of Muslim women? Author Nura Maznavi details her everyday encounters with individuals who have stereotyped Muslim women, and tells the tale of how she has confronted the monolith and taken control of her narrative by sharing stories of something that transcends all boundaries: love.
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Ahmed Zedan
Entrepreneur, Technology and Marketing Guru
Ahmed is a Serial Entrepreneur and public speaker. He’s the Co-Founder & COO of Haute Hijab, a leading US hijab brand. He’s also the founder of Muslim Entrepreneurs of NYC, a network of talented entrepreneurs working on big challenges.
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Mariah Idrissi
Model and Modest Fashion Expert
Mariah Idrissi is an international Model and Public Speaker promoting Modest Fashion and Female Empowerment. Experienced in the Modelling and Fashion industry, she shares her inspirational journey with others.
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