317. Dr. Faisal Qazi (President,MiNDs)


Dr. Faisal Qazi currently serves as the President of MiNDS, a community service and development organization based in southern CA that provides charitable healthcare and focuses on community empowerment programs. MiNDS has been awarded CA State Assembly representative’s Organization-of-the-Year at the National Leadership Council in 2013 where Dr. Qazi previously was also honored with a “40-under-40” recognition. He also received the Visionary Leadership award at ACCESS CA by the CA State Assembly representative.

Dr. Qazi is an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Bioethics and Spiritual Care at Claremont Lincoln University – Bayan College. He was honored as Professor-of-the-Year award by its student body in 2013. He was the President of American Muslim Health Professionals in 2009, a national Public Health group and was the architect of AMHP’s health policy initiatives as its President in 2009. Dr. Qazi founded and became the first CEO of HUDA (Health Unit on Davison Avenue) free clinic in Detroit in 2004. He conceived the idea of the Muslim Free Clinics Council; a loose coalition of 35 Muslim operated charitable clinics from across the country. He had the distinct honor to present the works of these institutions at a Congressional briefing in October of 2008 in Washington DC, where he proposed opportunities for safety net clinics in the health reform process. Dr. Qazi’s speaks frequently on issues ranging from community services, religion and spirituality, mental health and health policy.Dr. Qazi’s work has been featured in interviews to NPR, Voice of America, CNN and PBS. He has been listed amongst the Best Doctors of Inland Empire.

Qazi launched a nationwide campaign to raise funds for the families of the victims in the San Bernardino shooting rampage that happened on December 2, 2015. The campaign raised over $200,000 for the families of the victims.


239. Dr. Emad Rahim (Professor, Walden University)

Dr. Rahim is a professor at Walden University in Minneapolis, MN, teaching in the Doctorate of Business Administration degree program.  “He is a dynamic manager with a talent for assessing business challenges and leading a plan to resolution.” Dr. Rahim has a strong commitment to the community and to the development of new managers through university teaching and mentoring.  He teaches management from a framework of respect for diversity, gender equality and ethics.

Dr. Rahim is attributed with developing several innovative outreach programs which lead underserved students to become involved in management degree programs.  A Certified Manager since 2008, Dr. Rahim most recently volunteered to mentor a fellow CM in Ethiopia.  He holds a doctorate of management in organizational behavior and graduate degrees in project management and business management.

In addition, Dr. Rahim was the recipient of the 2010 Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Award from the Experiential Classroom XI program.

He is also a survivor of the Cambodian Killing Fields and his story is told in the documentary “Against All Odds.”

207. Soha Abdeljaber (Math Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Soha R. Abdeljaber, a professor of mathematics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology was named among the top 25 professors for 2010-2011 on RateMyProfessors.com- the largest trafficked U.S. college professor ratings site with almost 6,000 schools, one million professors and 7.5 million ratings. Four years ago, the hijab-clad professor was named among the top 50. Abdeljaber, whose favorite subject since elementary school was mathematics, has taught pre-calculus and calculus in the department since 2000.