Speakers

Wajahat Ali is a Muslim American of Pakistani descent. He is a writer and attorney, whose work, The Domestic Crusaders is the first major play about Muslims living in a post 9/11 America. He is the Associate Editor of Altmuslim.com. He is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Counterpunch and Chowk. He was honored as an “An Influential Muslim American Artist” by the State Department and invited to their Annual Ramadan dinner. He was also recently honored as a “Muslim Leader of Tomorrow” for his journalism work and invited to participate in the “Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow” conference in Doha, Qatar. He is the recipient of Muslim Public Affairs Council’s prestigious “Emerging Muslim American Artist” recognition of 2009.

Shahed Amanullah is an award-winning journalist and editor-in-chief of altmuslim.com, an online newsmagazine covering issues related to Islam in the West.  Named by Islamica Magazine as one of "Ten Young Muslim Visionaries" and Georgetown University as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world, he writes and speaks regularly about the challenges and opportunities facing Islam in the West.  His work and writings have been featured in major media outlets (Newsweek, New York Times, Washington Post, BBC News, NPR, etc.) and his television appearances include CNN, ABC's "Nightline", and "Hannity & Colmes". Shahed is also the founder of Halalfire Media LLC, a network of Islamic-themed websites with over 7 million annual visitors.  Along with altmuslim.com, signature properties include zabihah.com, the worlds largest database of Halal restaurants and markets, salatomatic.com, an extensive list of reviewed mosques and schools in Muslim-minority countries, unitedmuslims.org, a resource for civic engagement, and halalapalooza.com, a comprehensive guide to Islamic e-commerce. Shahed has served as a board member of the United Muslims of America, the Muslim Public Service Network, and the Muslim Youth Camp of California.  He is also a general partner in Zakat Community Ventures, the first "venture philanthropy" fund dedicated to promoting Islamic charitable values.

Fatemeh Fakhraie is an editor, writer, and blogger who has a passion for putting Muslim women's voices at the forefront of discourses about issues that directly affect them. In 2007, Fatemeh founded Muslimah Media Watch, a website dedicated to critically analyzing images of Muslim women in global media and pop culture. She is currently editor-in-chief of the website, and also serves as an Associate Editor at AltMuslimah. She writes about Islamic feminism, Islam, politics, and race for several online and print outlets, including Racialicious, B*tch magazine, and AltMuslimah. In 2009, Fatemeh published a textbook entitled Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Hijab Styles in Urban Iranian Women, based on her master's thesis. In addition to her editing and writing, Fatemeh travels locally and internationally to speak on issues relating to Muslim women and media representation. She was chosen as one of the ASMA Society's 2009 Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow and is currently an AMCLI fellow.

Zeba Iqbal is the Executive Director of CAMP (Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals), the oldest and largest network of Muslim professionals in North America. She was also the manager of CAMP's 2008 and 2009 Leadership conferences. CAMP facilitates and inspire Muslim Professionals to be exemplary leaders by creating platforms (virtual and physical) for dialogue on subjects that matter. Zeba is a social and community networker and activist for the Muslim American community, and is currently an AMCLI fellow. She was a strategic advisor to Muslim Americans Answer the Call (Muslim-Americans' response to the United We Serve Campaign - Summer 2009); the 10-day Muslim Voices: Arts and Ideas Festival in June 2009; and IMAN@the Apollo in January 2010. She was also a key promoter of the sold-out 20-show NYC staging of Wajahat Ali's play, The Domestic Crusaders in September 2009. She has published several pieces on dating, love and marriage on Wajahat Ali's blog, Goatmilk, and on Altmuslimah ("When I Think About Marrying" and "The Dating Dialogues"). Zeba has an MBA in real estate development from The George Washington University, and an undergraduate degree in architecture from Bangalore, India. She currently works for Princeton University handling part of their off-campus real estate development portfolio.

Zeba Khan is social media consultant and writer.  In 2008, Zeba founded Muslim-Americans for Obama, a social networking platform for Muslim-Americans to mobilize their local communities during the 2008 presidential election. More recently, she has consulted with the Ashoka Foundation’s GenV to develop their virtual social entrepreneurship program for youth as well as the Law Lab lawlab.org  at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.  Zeba also serves as the Strategic Initiatives Director at the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies, developing its online volunteer network which was featured at the 2009 Personal Democracy Forum. Last November, Zeba was the first runner-up in the Washington Post’s “America’s Next Great Pundit” competition, beating out nearly 5,000 other writers from across the country. Her writings and work have been featured in numerous media outlets including the Washington Post, Newsweek, NPR, the Huffington Post, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Zeba also serves as a mentor-editor with the Op-Ed Project, empowering women to publish op-eds in the nation’s top newspapers. An Islamic Civilizations Fulbright Scholar, she has lived and traveled throughout the Middle East and South Asia. Zeba received a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and a joint MA/BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago.

Monis Rahman is the President and CEO of Naseeb Networks as well as the founder of  ROZEE.PK, a service of Naseeb Networks, Inc. Mr. Rahman has previously founded and run several companies ranging from Internet startups to chip design consultancies. He has raised venture capital for two Internet startups in Silicon Valley, and has nine patents to his credit. Mr. Rahman started his career at Intel Corporation where he was a key member of Intel's microprocessor design team. He completed his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and did graduate work at Stanford University. He has been featured by numerous magazines and newspapers including New York Times, CNN, InfoWorld, Red Herring, Infoweek, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Oakland Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Spider. Naseeb.com is the subject of a Northeastern University case study and has recently been featured in the documentary "New Muslim Cool".  ROZEE.PK is Pakistan's number one online job site which connects talent with opportunity.  ROZEE provides services to the job seekers and employers by providing them one platform for job searching and hiring, respectively. ROZEE.PK has been the subject of a Lahore University of Management Sciences case study which won the 2008 CEEMAN/Emerald Annual Case award.

Imam Suhaib Webb is a contemporary American Muslim activist and scholar. He was born William Webb in 1972 in Oklahoma. In his late teens, he experienced a three-year period of exposure to Islam through local Muslim acquaintances as his life became increasingly dominated by gang violence. His involvement in a drive-by shooting was his "wakeup call." He then became a Muslim in 1992 at the age of twenty, and took the name Suhaib.

He studied at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Education. In 2004, he departed with his wife and children to Cairo, where he currently studies at Al-Azhar University in the College of Islamic Law and completed his memorization of the Quran. Additionally, he is in charge of the English translation Department at Dar al-Ifta al-Masriyah and is currently training as a Mufti and working on an M.A in Islamic Law.

Webb entered the blog world early on and in 2009 the blog he runs under his name won the 2010 Brass Crescent award for, "the most indispensable, Muslim-authored blog there is. Period." He describes the blog as a bridge between the idealized notions of theology and the realties of everyday life- a place where the convent meets Times Square and clergy meets the masses.