270. Mohammed Faris (Founder, ProductiveMuslim.com)

Mohammed Faris, is the Founder & CEO of ProductiveMuslim.com, a dynamic online enterprise dedicated to boost Productivity in the Muslim World. With a vision to inspire productivity in the Muslim Ummah, Mohammed Faris uses examples from the Holy Quran, Biography of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), and Islamic History, as well as modern Productivity techniques to deliver his message in a succinct practical way.
A dynamic presenter with passion for his subject on how Islam & productivity are interlinked, he has delivered many talks both in person and virtually to individuals, organisations and to large audiences in conferences and seminars, you will be captured by his enthusiasm.

262. Emine Erdoğan (Wife of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan)

Emine Erdoğan, the Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan’s wife, on Friday visited Rohingya Muslims staying in the Banduba refugee camp in the Myanmar coastal state of Rakhine and delivered aid to the Rohingya Muslim refugees.


Emine Erdoğan embracing a Rohingya Muslim woman during her visit.

220. Rumi Khan (App Developer, Delaware)



There are now more than 500,000 iPhone apps, and one of them is the creation of Rumi Khan, a 12-year-old student at Newark Charter School. The Delaware Department of Education recently recognized Rumi’s efforts to create and distribute “Dare to be Square: The Adventure of the Red Square.” Rumi designed the game, wrote the code and drew the graphics for the game, which has 10 levels where the main character, the square, fights enemies to ultimately recapture his lost memory. He created everything but the music. A snippet of the game is at grabbyarmgames.com, the website for Grabby Arm Games, which he founded.



Rumi’s science blog:


212. Sound of Reason (Artists, Canada)

From the depths of Canada’s music scene comes a brand new sound the industry has been craving to hear. In less than a year since releasing their first full length album Francis and Ku aka The Sound of Reason are quickly building up a worldwide movement with their harsh and opinionated brand of fusion music. From working with top international artists to being featured as MTV’s artist of the month The Sound of Reason are independently gaining the attention of fans across the world with one goal in mind… change the direction of the mainstream.



188. Omar Khawaja (Founder, Little Big Kids)

When our first born was 2 years old, we were eager to add to his ever growing number of toys, books and room decor. As Muslim American parents we wanted our kids to have access to products that were not only fun but also gave our child a stronger sense of identity. But as we soon discovered, few products in this category had the charm and appeal that we could appreciate and that our son could also relate to. Little BIG Kids was born to change that.

About the Founder and Chief Big Kid, Omar Khawaja

Omar has held various roles in his professional career over the past 12 years. His experiences range from product & package development at Estee Lauder to Structured Finance modeling at a leading global advisory firm. Omar holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Hofstra University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York.

Despite a relatively long professional career, Omar has always been an entrepreneur at heart. At a very young age he would design video games in the hopes of one day turning them into reality. But it wasn’t until his wife was expecting their first child that Omar felt a strong urge to move beyond corporate America and do something a bit more meaningful. So he left his job at Estee Lauder for graduate school, then left New York for a new career upon graduation and consequently started Little Big Kids in the process. Somewhere in between all this his second child was also born.

Omar now calls Northern Virginia his home. He lives there with his wife Nadia and three wonderful kids who are the inspirational driving force behind Little Big Kids.

Website: www.littlebigkids.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/littlebigkids
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/littlebigkids

177. Soumaya Khalifa (Founder/Exec. Director, ISB-Atlanta)

As founder and Executive Director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta (ISB), Soumaya Khalifa brings an array of corporate and non-profit experience to her role. Her professional background in human resources, diversity and talent management for several Fortune 100 companies helped in starting and growing the ISB.


New York Times Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/28/world/middleeast/28iht-muslim28.html?_r=2

173. Michael Wolfe (Executive Producer, UPF)


Michael Wolfe (born 3 April 1945, United States) is a poet, author, and the President and Executive Producer of Unity Productions Foundation. He is also a frequent lecturer on Islamic issues at universities across the United States including Harvard, Georgetown, Stanford, SUNY Buffalo, and Princeton. He holds a degree in Classics from Wesleyan University.



172.Sumbul Ali-Karamali (Author, “The Muslim Next Door: the Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing,”)

Sumbul Ali-Karamali grew up in Southern California, answering questions about Islam. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University, a J.D from the University of California at Davis, and a graduate degree in Islamic law from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. She has served as a teaching assistant in Islamic Law at SOAS and a research associate at the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law in London. Her book, “The Muslim Next Door: the Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing,” is an academically reliable introduction to what Muslims believe and practice, but one written in the personal, anecdotal, everyday context of growing up Muslim in America.




169. Saadya El Wafy (Ashoka Fellow, Saudi Arabia)


Saadya El Wafy is promoting development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in squatter areas that are often ignored. Braving beatings and social ostracism, she convenes stakeholders in a framework of civil district councils and empowers communities to alleviate poverty.