Our Leaders

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Zainab Zeb Khan

Chair & Executive Director

Ms. Khan chairs the Muslim American Leadership Alliance. Born in Chicago to immigrants from Pakistan and Afghanistan, Khan became a community activist after eye-opening experiences counseling survivors of domestic violence and organizing exhibitions for international female artists facing repression. A former Senior Clinician, she co-curated the International Museum of Women’s exhibition “Muslimah: Muslim Women’s Arts and Voices.” She has served as a United Nations Delegate on the Commission on the Status of Women since 2013, and she is a member of Picture Motion’s Impact Advisory Board and the Executive Board of the American Pakistan Foundation. An acclaimed visual artist, she was honored with the inaugural UNICEF Next Generation Chicago Humanitarian Award, as well as the 2020 Silver Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year in the non-profit sector. She has published in Oral History Review about MALA’s “Muslim American Journeys” program recording Muslim American oral histories.

Emil Aldaddah

Co-Founder

Aldaddah is a wealth management expert who has worked as a private equity analyst and portfolio manager with leading financial firms. An Iraqi-American with a diverse Muslim-Christian family, Aldaddah leads MALA’s scholarship initiatives and is a next-generation interfaith innovator. A member of the Young Visions Leadership program for the Israel Cancer Research Fund, he has spoken at the United Nations, New York’s Center for Jewish History, and the Chicago Cultural Alliance. In 2016, he received President Obama’s Presidential Service Award for his volunteerism and commitment to inclusion. Explore his personal story “Linking Diversity and Inclusivity” that was recorded as part of the “Muslim American Journeys” program.

Kalid Loul

Co-Founder, Board of Director

Loul war born in Pittsburgh to parents who immigrated from Syria. He spent most of his childhood in New Jersey until his parents decided to move their family back to Damascus so Loul could receive an intensive Arabic and Islamic education. After earning degrees from Rutgers and Dominican University, Loul launched GlobalGeeks. Today the electronics company has over 75 employees worldwide, including one individual from every race reported by the U.S Census. GlobalGeeks is also involved in charitable work, supporting breast cancer awareness and providing emergency PPP supplies to first-responders in New York and New Jersey. Loul’s charitable work with MALA has been recognized by members of Congress, including Representative Andy Kim (D-NJ) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY). He spearheads MALA’s LGBTQ engagement efforts and leads MALA’s Muslim American philanthropy initiative. He also serves as Board of Director for UPS Consumer Advisory Board.

Ahmad Zabi Rahat

Secretary

Rahat is a native of Afghanistan who was adopted as a teenager by an American family in Indiana after enduring tragedy in his homeland. He works as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, with a focus on behavioral change management. Rahat previously served as Organization Development Coordinator at the Center for Theory of Change, helping to promote best practices in international development, sustainability, and human rights. He holds an MBA and Master's degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University. Rahat helps drive MALA’s scholarship initiative and mentor emerging leaders. He debuted MALA’s oral history collection “Muslim American Journeys” at the Library of Congress; presented to the American Sephardi Federation about shared Muslim-Jewish culture in Afghanistan; and has run numerous events for MALA’s New York Community Builders Council.

Naeem Uddin

Co-Founder, Treasurer

A chemist with extensive experience working at leading energy and pharmaceutical companies, Uddin is a recipient of President Obama’s Presidential Service Award. He grew up in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, where he saw firsthand the devastating impact of a crumbling public education system and the indoctrination of young boys into extremism. At age 16, Uddin immigrated to America and pursued a career in science. At MALA, Uddin spearheads foundation outreach and corporate social responsibility initiatives. He has advanced MALA’s African-American engagement efforts, including a partnership archiving stories from MALA’s “Muslim American Journeys” oral history project at the Smithsonian African-American Museum.