SHAYKH RAMI NSOUR, PRESIDENT
Rami Nsour is a scholar, counselor, public speaker, teacher, and translator of Islamic texts. Spending seven years in Mauritania studying Islamic studies at some of the foremost Islamic colleges, Shaykh Rami received licensure (ijaza) to share his wisdom with students. Further enhancing his extensive study of fiqh, Nsour completed an extraordinary ‘in-residence’ experience, allowing him to research questions (fatawa) of Islamic faith, law, and practice.
Rami Nsour cofounded the Tayba Foundation, the first organization in the United States to offer a distance-learning program in Islamic Education to incarcerated men and women. Shaykh Rami has extensive experience in curriculum development, specifically in character (akhlaq), and holds a B.A. in Human Development with a focus on Early Childhood. He also obatained an M.A. in Educational Psychology. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, he lives with his wife and three children.
MICHELLE HARMER (KHADIJA), VICE PRESIDENT
Michelle Harmer serves as program manager for the Tayba Foundation, overseeing the development and implementation of the unique curriculum Tayba provides for its students. Passionate about client success, Michelle helps to ensure that “best practices” lead to excellent outcomes. She also helps with Tayba’s development and outreach endeavors.
Michelle holds a BA (Hons) in Retail Marketing and a professional diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). Originally from the UK, she embraced Islam in 2004, and believes that Tayba Foundation offers, “reliable, practical education in a highly accessible form.” Married with one child, she currently lives in Toronto, Canada.
ZEESHAN QASIM, TREASURER
Zeeshan Qasim is a Certified Public Accountant with over nine years of experience working in Silicon Valley. In addition to offering financial and accounting leadership for startups and Fortune 100 companies, Zeeshan offers Tayba Foundation a significant understanding of public administration. A founder of several successful Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), and a board member on several others, he is passionate about facilitating second chances and roads to redemption for Tayba’s clients. Zeeshan’s financial leadership is invaluable to the stability and growth of the Tayba Foundation.
DAUD KHALIQI, BOARD MEMBER
Bio coming soon.
JAHAD MOGADDEDI, BOARD MEMBER
Jahad Mogaddedi, a development expert on the Tayba Foundation’s Board, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley. With diversified gifts and interests, Mogaddedi focuses considerable time and effort in the non-profit and technology worlds. After interning for a small non-profit that focused on relief work in Africa, Jahad set his sights on “customer success” at one of the largest tech companies in the world.
Some of Jahad’s main interests include international development work and spending time with friends and family. Today, Jahad works in grant-making for a thriving non-profit.
SALIM PATEL, BOARD MEMBER
Elected in 2009, Salim is the President of the Board of Education for Tayba Foundation, overseeing all committees while doing significant development work for Tayba.
President Patel is an alumnus of Passaic High School and graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Finance. His experience in corporate finance and management allow him to bring a business perspective to the board, along with a commitment to ensure the board works to maintain the confidence of the community. Salim’s experience also provides him with a strong understanding of the skills Tayba graduates need to compete in the global marketplace. The proud father of two young children, Salim is a strong believer in parental involvement in education, encouraging parents to be the driving force for improvements in schools and educational policy.
ALEXANDER LAHOZ, BOARD MEMBER
Bio coming soon.