Officers and Board of Directors
Ahmad, Ph.D. (President, director) is
an internationally known interdisciplinary
scientist of Palestinian descent, born at
sea and raised in the United States. He is
author of Signs in the Heavens: A Muslim
on Religion and Science, a senior
lecturer at the University of Maryland and
he teaches a course on Islamic religion,
history and civilization at Wesley
Theological Seminary. He also teaches an
course on Islamic history and civilization
for the summer interns program at the
International Institute of Islamic Thought.
Dr. Ahmad has received the “Star Cup for
Outstanding Public Service” award from the
Montgomery County Civic Federation, the
“Champion of Democracy Award” from
Marylanders for Democracy, the “Samuel P.
Chase Freedom Award” from the Libertarian
Party of Maryland, and the “Sentinel Award”
from the Montgomery County Civic Federation.
(Secretary, director) is an
entrepreneur and founder of Duryan, a
start-up connecting investors abroad with
entrepreneurs in developing markets.
Through his work abroad, he advocates for
entrepreneurship and private investment as
the alternative to state development
projects and international aid. He studies
conflict studies and religion studies at
the Elliott School of International
Affairs at the George Washington
University. As a student activist, he
works with student groups in the Students
for Liberty network worldwide to
promote the principles of liberalism and
competitive markets. In 2010, Kevin was a
Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow at the
Minaret of Freedom Institute.
Ph.D. is a scholar of environmental
policy, landscape architecture, urban
planning, and Arabic-Islamic Studies who
has taught at Virginia Tech, University of
Maryland, Texas Tech, the University of
Georgia, and Chatham University in the
United States; University of Guelph and
the University of Nova Scotia in Canada;
and King Faisal University in Saudi
Arabia. Dr. Hamed has authored and
co-authored several books, among which is
“Planning Objectives for the Arid Middle
East: An Approach to Setting Environmental
Objectives, “Ecology and Islam”, “The
Eleventh Commandment”, “Environmentalism
in the Muslim World” “Islam in America”,
“The American Empire”, “The Calamity of
September”, and “ Janat wa Oyoun (in
Arabic). He has worked as an
Environmental Assessment Specialist at the
World Bank in Washington, DC.
Currently, he lives in Washington, DC
Metro area and practices as a consultant
Shahid N. Shah, M.S.
(Treasurer, director) is a
co-founder of the Minaret of Freedom
Institute. He has been a thought leader,
Islamic political evangelist, and
influential memberof the Muslim community
in America for more than 15 years. He is
the founder of ISL
Software Corporation and Chief
Architect of The Alim
Islamic Knowledge Platform, the
world's most popular English-based Islamic
software which is a staple in homes of
hundreds of thousands of Muslims
worldwide. He is also the Founder &
CEO of Netspective
LLC, a software development firm
that provides the tools and skills
necessary for enabling mission- and
safety-critical enterprise software. He
serves as a director on several corporate
and non-profit boards and as the Chairman
of the IEEE Computer Society's Northern
Prof. Antony T.
Sullivan, Ph.D. (director) is an
internationally recognized senior scholar
who holds an honorary position as
Associate at the Center for Middle Eastern
and North African Studies at the
University of Michigan. He is the author
of or contributor to five books and some
100 journal articles and academic reviews
focusing on the Arab and Muslim world. Dr.
Sullivan has played a major role in
bringing together moderate Muslim
intellectuals and their appropriate
Western counterparts to address contemporary
challenges that are common to both the
West and the Islamic world.
Currently, he is a Senior Fellow,
Mediterranean and Near East Programs at
the Fund for American Studies in
Washington, D.C., and serves as Director
of Faculty at the International Institute
for Political and Economic Studies
(Greece) that the Fund operates in
conjunction with Georgetown University.
Board of Advisors
Ahmad, M.A. is a Bangladeshi
writer on socio-political and Islamic
issues and an human rights activists
with a special interest women's rights
and author of The Rainbow in a Heart.
- Omar Altalib, Ph.D. is an international author,
speaker and trainer, a former adviser to the Iraqi Ministry
of Education and co-author of the book
Parent, Child Relations
published in English and translated into Arabic, Bosnian,
Malay, Farsi, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, and German.
- Prof. Charles Butterworth, Ph.D.
is a leading scholar of Islamic studies
at the University of Maryland.
- Prof. Sulayman Nyang, Ph.D.
is a distinguished Muslim scholar of
international affairs at the African
Studies Center of Howard University.
- Abdul Hafiz Shaikh, Ph.D. is
a federal minister for privatization and
investment the government of
Staff and Fellows
of the Institute
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assembling a team of highly qualified
academics and policy experts with an
interest in promoting liberty, free markets,
and a better understanding of Islam to serve
to write academic papers, policy advisories,
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