Our Board


Tannaz Haddadi

Tannaz is a co-founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees for NWMI. She has a wealth of experience working as an activist and organizer in the American Muslim community and is passionate about building bridges of understanding via community dialogue.


Jabeen Adawi

Jabeen is the Vice Chair of the Board and has spent her career working with victims of gender-based violence at the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC). Jabeen holds degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and American University, Washington College of Law. 

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Zuleqa serves as Secretary for the Board of Trustees. She builds community through story-telling both in her day job as a producer for Al Jazeera English TV channel and her forthcoming Urdu podcast, Why the VahVah.


Zeki Mokhtarzada

Zeki serves on the Board of Trustees as Treasurer. He graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. He currently invests and consults with early stage technology startups.

Basil Eldadah

Basil serves as Secretary for the Board of Trustees. He was drawn to NWMI because of its potential to promote positive change in the Muslim community, and is passionate about promoting societal well-being through spiritual development.

Hassan Amiri

Hassan has been a Board Member and program manager since NWMI's inception. He is an M.S. graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, a Professional Civil Engineer, and teaches Arabic and Islamic history to local youth.

Aliakbar Esfahani

Aliakbar is the newest member of the Board, and an attorney who guides employers through federal health and welfare law compliance issues. He holds degrees from Georgetown University and the University of Maryland School of Law.


Zainab Khair

Zainab is the newest member of the Board. She holds a masters degree in business and healthcare administration and is currently pursuing a degree in public health from George Washington University. She brings to the board her experience in nonprofit and community development through social welfare endeavors. She was drawn to the NWMI community because of its progressive approach to inclusion and diversity of islamic thought and practice towards spiritual growth and improvement.


Tabassum Majid

Dr. Majid is a native Marylander who is passionate about research with older adults, education, and community service. Dr. Majid received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County concentrating in an interdisciplinary approach to Neurodegenerative Disorders of the Aged. She then gained expertise in the pathology, imaging, and biology of dementia from both pre-clinical and clinical perspectives in Houston, TX, where she earned her PhD from Baylor College of Medicine in Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine. She then returned to Maryland to complete a fellowship at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy.  

Dr. Majid is Adjunct Faculty at UMBC and currently serves as Executive Director of the Integrace Institute, a community-based non-profit research, education and consulting organization. She serves as a subject matter expert at both the local and national level for government and advocacy organizations and recently was named one of The Baltimore Sun’s Women to Watch in 2018. She has experience in strategic planning, youth programming, health services, and leadership development. She is thrilled to have grown up with many of NWMI’s original founders and to now be serving the organization in a larger capacity!


Kumail Zaidi

Kumail joined NWMI's board in September 2018 and brings extensive leadership experience.  With an undergraduate degree in technology and an MBA from the University of Maryland, Kumail has built and led organizations or all sizes.  Kumail is the Chief Operating Officer of a 600+ person technology company in Tysons Corner, VA.