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NameZahra Nathani

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Talk Show Date - First Preference:

01/19/2019

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Optometrist

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Zahra is an Optometrist who works in private practice. Stumbling down a unique path through her career, she has been licensed in 3 countries to practice Optometry – the United Kingdom, Canada & the United States. From giving a child their first pair of glasses to treating an older gentleman with glaucoma – Zahra thoroughly enjoys her job & the flexibility it provides. She has volunteered in Africa – lending optometric services to the underserved.

She got her Master’s in Optometry from Aston University in Birmingham, UK. She went on to get her Doctor of Optometry from New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA.

NameAnila Rizvi-Khan

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Talk Show Date - First Preference:

01/13/2019

Talk Show Date - Second Preference:

02/23/2019

Talk Show Date - Third Preference:

01/27/2019

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9 majestic court
Manhasset Hills New York
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University/College of highest learning

BA communications university of Albany

Employer

Maxwell Medical

Profession

Healthcare managnent

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Encompassing the DOMore philosophy in health care management and philanthropy, and In partnership with my sisters We have opened 6 multi displianary medical offices throughout midtown Manhattan and the financial district.

NameIrshad Haji

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18 Manor Drive
Hillsborough, NJ Hillsborough
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Lafayette College

Employer

Mondelez International

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Associate Director - Supply Program Leader

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Irshad Haji currently works at Mondelēz International as an Associate Director for Supply Chain. In his role, he is responsible for a $30MM expansion of a Candy factory (Sour Patch & Swedish Fish) in Canada and the strategic planning and execution to support future growth in the Gum, Candy and Chocolate categories for North America.

His career has included multiple roles across Supply Chain and Manufacturing first working for L'Oréal in their Management Development Program and then accepting a role at Cadbury which subsequently was acquired by Kraft Foods and now Mondelēz International (tax free spin off) .

Irshad was born in Kenya, grew up in Tanzania and currently lives in New Jersey. He is on the Board of Directors for Muslims For Peace and actively volunteers his time to support several youth engagement, charitable and non-profit initiatives.

NameAsiya Khaki

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402 Chase Ct.
Edgewater, NJ 07020
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University/College of highest learning

Barnard college, Columbia University

Employer

Photography by Asiya

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Photographer

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Asiya Khaki is owner and founder of Photography by Asiya, a portrait and lifestyle photography studio located in New Jersey.

She began her business after graduating from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2009 with a double degree in architecture and Middle East and Asian studies.

Although Asiya is experienced in all types of photography, her niche is in newborn and family portraiture. She uses natural light to create candid and beautiful images for her clients. She grew her business using word of mouth, social media, and her blog/website.

In addition to photography, Asiya has recently taken interest in health and wellness and completed a 100 hour yoga teacher training in Bangalore, India in February, 2018. She previously served as a health coach for 2-3 years for an online based wellness organization by running accountability support groups. She endeavors to serve through the information and knowledge she has gained from her personal journey and battle with chronic eczema and inflammation.

NameRuhi Mukhi

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University/College of highest learning

Medical school

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Physician

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Ruhayna Mukhi is a physician in a private practice on Long Island, NY. She completed a 7 year B.S/D.O accelerated program at NYIT and NYCOM followed by residency in Family Medicine.

She followed in her father, Dr. Shakir Mukhi’s footsteps in pursuing a career in medicine. As a child she was inspired by her father, who went above and beyond to help members of the community, Muslims as well as people of other faith. In treating underprivileged patients, she find it rewarding, as well as continuing her father legacy.

She is currently practicing in Long Island in an underserved area and also mentors high school graduates to faccilate a path into medicine. Along with her busy medical practice, she is involved in community service events. She enjoys organizing charitable, religious and social events, such as “Ladies Paint Nite” “Health and Wellness”, “Helping the Homeless” as well as workshops on parenting and self development.

Ruhayna has 2 young boys and a supportive husband who encourage her in all that she does.

NameAllireza Alloo

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United States
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University/College of highest learning

Harvard Medical School

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Physician

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Dr. Allireza Alloo is a board certified dermatologist and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. He is also the Associate Program Director for the Dermatology Residency Training Program as well as the Co-Director of the Inpatient Consultation Service at Northwell Health.

Dr. Alloo graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior and went on to attend medical school at Harvard Medical School. He completed his dermatology training at the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Program, where he served as Chief Resident in his final year.

Dr. Alloo's clinical and research interests include complex medical dermatology, inpatient dermatology, autoimmune blistering diseases, and cutaneous toxicities to chemotherapy. Dr. Alloo belongs to various organizations including the American Academy of Dermatology, the Association of Professors in Dermatology, the Society of Dermatology Hospitalists, and the Medical Dermatology Society. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed literature, authored several book chapters, as well as given talks at local, regional, and national dermatology conferences.

Dr. Alloo is otherwise dedicated to improving access to dermatologic care for the underserved, participating in community service, and enhancing resident and medical student education and mentorship within dermatology. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, traveling, and spending time with his family.

NameBerak Hussain

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University of Ottawa

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Psychotherapist

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Berak Hussain is the International Students Counsellor at the Health and Counselling Services at Carleton University. She has a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Educational Counselling from the University of Ottawa, and has been counselling students for 9 years now. At the Health and Counselling Services, she helps students from all sorts of backgrounds through issues ranging from anxiety, depression, stress, culture shock, identity challenges, suicide, relationships issues and more. Berak has participated in many counselling- and community-related events, presenting on the topic of Islamic Counselling to local practitioners over the years, in the hopes of sharing common ideas on how to best support faith-based clients. Berak believes that counselling is her calling and that her desire to help people is not through the cell from the medical point of view, but rather through the soul. With the help of university students, Berak has spearheaded the successful Serenity Islamic Mental Health Awareness initiative with monthly psychoeducational presentations that lead up to the 3 day conference in May 2016. This Conference was named by the Canadian media as Canada's' first Muslim Mental Health Conference. International media such as Karbala TV also took notice of the Serenity Conference and reported on the success of such a groundbreaking attempt of breaking the silence on mental health in the Muslim community: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=CvV1L5qQyL8&feature=youtu.be
Berak also presented on the 5 Ws of Accessing Mental Health Resources at the Canadian Muslim Mental Health Conference in Toronto with the Canadian Muslim Medical Association. She has also created a Facebook/Instagram forum called "The Muslim Counsellor" to discuss and explore these issues and will be working on a video series exploring relevant issues for Muslims living in the West through the lens of Mental Health. She completed a whirlwind U.K. Australia tour holding seminars, workshops and live and TV interviews (Project Zainab & Ahlul Bayt TV https://youtu.be/19gtLIM6I4w & https://youtu.be/xPKT2QP_gEU) discussing and exploring Muslim mental health in the Muslim communities abroad. She presented recently at the annual Canadian Association of College and University Student Services Conference where she was selected from delegates across Canada to present on the topic of Developing Islamic Counselling Theories and Clinical Practice in a University Setting". Afterwards she will be heading off presenting on the topic of Muslim mental health in other Canadian and American cities. She is also currently working with a variety of Muslim media outlets such as the London based Muslim Vibe and Ahlul Bayt TV to explore the topic more with Muslim audiences.

NameSameer Tejani

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University/College of highest learning

University of Pennsylvania

Employer

Microsoft

Profession

Software Engineer

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Sameer Tejani is a software engineer currently working on Microsoft’s cloud computing platform – Azure. He previously worked on other Microsoft products including SQL Server and Windows.

Sameer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s degree in Computer Science. Prior to that he studied at the City College of New York where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Sameer spent multiple years volunteering at IMAN - a local Islamic community organization in Seattle – where he served on the Executive Committee and taught at the Sunday School. In his spare time, Sameer enjoys road biking and hiking in the Pacific Northwest. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Greater Seattle area.

NameSameer Tejani

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University of Pennsylvania

Employer

Microsoft

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Software Engineer

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Sameer Tejani is a software engineer currently working on Microsoft’s cloud computing platform – Azure. He previously worked on other Microsoft products including SQL Server and Windows.

Sameer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s degree in Computer Science. Prior to that he studied at the City College of New York where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Sameer spent multiple years volunteering at IMAN - a local Islamic community organization in Seattle – where he served on the Executive Committee and taught at the Sunday School. In his spare time, Sameer enjoys road biking and hiking in the Pacific Northwest. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Greater Seattle area.

NameSameer Tejani

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University of Pennsylvania

Employer

Microsoft

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Software Engineer

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Sameer Tejani is a software engineer currently working on Microsoft’s cloud computing platform – Azure. He previously worked on other Microsoft products including SQL Server and Windows.

Sameer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s degree in Computer Science. Prior to that he studied at the City College of New York where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Sameer spent multiple years volunteering at IMAN - a local Islamic community organization in Seattle – where he served on the Executive Committee and taught at the Sunday School. In his spare time, Sameer enjoys road biking and hiking in the Pacific Northwest. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Greater Seattle area.

NameJawaad Sheriff

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Stony Brook University

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Stony Brook University/Research Foundation of the State University of New York

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Research Professor

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Dr. Jawaad Sheriff is a Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University. He is also collaborates with the University of Arizona, Vanderbilt University, Oregon Health & Science University, and Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy.

Jawaad graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Sciences in Mechanical Engineering and received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship and research scientist training with the Biofluids Research Group, in which he serves as the Lab Manager, in addition to his duties as a research professor.

Jawaad works on a variety of research projects, including evaluation of clotting risk in cardiovascular devices (blood pumps, artificial heart, and prosthetic valves), development of mathematical models to predict clotting risk in cardiovascular diseases and devices, and comparison of blood platelet response in adults and newborns. Jawaad belongs to professional organizations such as the Biomedical Engineering Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the New York Academy of Science. He has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles, authored a book chapter, and presented at several regional, national, and international conferences.

Jawaad enjoys giving back to the community, especially when it comes to mentoring the next generation of scientists and engineers. In addition to training high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in the lab, Jawaad gives guest lectures at Stony Brook University and other local institutions. He is a member of the Umoja Outreach Foundation uMentor team, Stony Brook Alumni mentors, and assists the University of Buffalo in local recruitment efforts. Off-campus, he enjoys spending time with family, long-distance running, traveling, and writing the occasional blog post.

NameKazima Wajahat

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Carrollton, TX 75010
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University/College of highest learning

University of Texas at Dallas/Master's in Communication Disorders

Employer

PresenceLearning

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Speech Language Pathologist/Author/Child Learning Coach

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I have a bachelor's degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Psychology and a Master's degree in Communication Disorders. Everything I have ever wanted to do in life has always revolved around my passion for children.
I have practiced as an SLP for 8 years in various settings from inpatient, outpatient, private practice and schools. In 2017, trying to fulfill a need for high quality Islamic children's books, I wrote and published a book called "Mikaeel and Malaika The Quest for Love" and conduct presentations and story times at various Islamic schools and Masjids. Book overview is here: www.flowersofmygarden.com
Recently, I began an Instagram series called "For the Love of Learning" where I discuss pertinent issues such as child language development and learning, parenting, and education approaches. Through this platform I offer personal consults and coach parents and educators based on their concerns. My Instagram is: flowers_of_my_garden
This past month I began a blog that touches on the same topics: https://www.flowersofmygarden.com/theblog/

NameAbbas Kanji

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6726 N Keating Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
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University/College of highest learning

MBA, Harvard Business School

Employer

Orrington Capital

Profession

Real Estate Investments

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Abbas Kanji has over 18 years of experience in investment advisory and real estate direct investments. In his various roles Abbas was directly responsible for the acquisition of properties, asset management, planning & monitoring of property renovations and establishing & maintaining relationships with institutional investors and lenders. Throughout his career Abbas has acquired and/or had oversight over 9,000 multifamily units and participated in over $1.4 billion in real estate transactions. Abbas received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University (B.A. Economics) and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

NameKazima Wajahat

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4213 Mesa D
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Carrollton, TX 75010
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University of Texas at Dallas/Master's in Communication Disorders

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PresenceLearning

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Speech Language Pathologist/Author/Child Learning Coach

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Kazima Wajahat has a bachelor's degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Psychology and a Master's degree in Communication Disorders. Everything she has ever desired to accomplish in life has always revolved around her passion for children.

Kazima has been practicing as an SLP for 8 years in various settings from inpatient, outpatient, private practice and schools. In 2017, trying to fulfill a need for high quality Islamic children's books, she wrote and published a book called "Mikaeel and Malaika The Quest for Love" and conducts presentations and story times at various Islamic schools and Masjids. Book overview is here: www.flowersofmygarden.com

Recently, Kazima began an Instagram series called "For the Love of Learning" where she discuss pertinent issues such as child language development and learning, parenting, and education approaches. Through this platform she offers personal consults and coaches parents and educators based on their concerns. Her Instagram is: flowers_of_my_garden.

This past month Kazima began a blog that touches on the same topics: https://www.flowersofmygarden.com/theblog/

NameZainab Khalfan

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Cedar Crest College

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RN and CLC

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I've been a pediatric nurse for 11 years and a certified lactation counselor for the past 3 years. I graduated with my BSN in 2007 and began my career on the pediatric med/surg unit at PennState Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. A few years later I moved back to Allentown and started working on the Pediatric unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Currently I work at a pediatrician's office.

NameArif Soonasra

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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Employer

Pfizer

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Pharmacist

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Arif Soonasra is a medical director at the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer. Arif earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA. Arif has over 10 years of experience in medical information, medical education, and currently in medical affairs where he has been for nearly 4 years. Although not the typical pharmacist role, Arif has been able to apply his education to the various roles he has worked in over the years. Since he graduated, he has seen and experienced the many different opportunities a pharmacy degree can be applied to.

NameDr. Farooq Bandali

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305 Heskers Court Monmouth Junction, NJ
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University/College of highest learning

Doctor of Pharmacy

Employer

Johnson and Johnson specifically Janssen Scientific Affairs

Profession

Senior Medical Science Liaison

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Doctor of Pharmacy
2 years of residency training specifically in focus with critical care medicine
Worked for 10 years as Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist and Professor at Rutgers, The State University of NJ. Served as clinican, academician and researcher.
Currently, Sr. MSL at Johnson and Johnson in the cardiovascular and metabolism division supporting both research and scientific education for experts in the field
Co-founder of Taqwa Media - www.taqwamedia.com (also check out Taqwa Media's facebook and instagram pages)
Volunteered at numerous organizations: Imamia Medics International including arbaeen medical mission, Husayn center for social justice, Jafaria School NJ
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/farooqbandali/

NameAsad Raza

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Talk Show Date - First Preference:

09/15/2018

Talk Show Date - Second Preference:

09/22/2018

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Dallas, Texas
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University/College of highest learning

Purdue University

Employer

Medtronic

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Healthcare Solutions / Business Innovation & Strategy

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* Over 10 years of experience in designing and deploying healthcare strategy and solutions. I specialize in identifying and analyzing needs, create unique solutions for profitable outcomes and implement solutions in healthcare systems (both fee-for-service and fee-for-value).
* Currently work as Senior Business Innovation & Strategy Manager for Medtronic plc.
* M.S & B.S.. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University with concentrations in Solution Design, Voice of Customer & Voice of Business, Analytics & Intelligence
* Minors in Business, Mathematics and Communications
For information please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asad-raza-695b0768/

NameAsad Raza

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Talk Show Date - First Preference:

09/15/2018

Talk Show Date - Second Preference:

09/22/2018

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Dallas, Texas
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University/College of highest learning

Purdue University

Employer

Medtronic plc.

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Healthcare Solutions / Business Innovation & Strategy

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* Over 10 years of experience in designing and deploying healthcare strategies and solutions. I specialize in identifying and analyze needs, creating unique solutions for profitable outcomes and implementing solutions across both fee-for-service and fee-for-value healthcare business landscapes.
* Currently work as Senior Business Innovation and Strategy Manager for Medtronic plc.
* M.S. & B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University with concentrations in Solution Design, Voice of Customer & Business, Analytics & Intelligence.
* Minors in Business, Mathematics and Communication

For information please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asad-raza-695b0768/

NameSajjad Haiderali

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Talk Show Date - First Preference:

09/15/2018

Talk Show Date - Second Preference:

10/13/2018

Talk Show Date - Third Preference:

09/22/2018

Employer

Juniper Networks

Profession

Optical Network Engineer

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Network engineer specializing in packet-optical networking equipment and submarine systems with six years of experience as a technical support engineer.

NameAlijawad Hasham

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Talk Show Date - First Preference:

09/15/2018

University/College of highest learning

Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Employer

Swiss Re

Profession

Actuary

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Alijawad is an actuary with over eight years of (re)insurance experience and a focus on financial reporting, modeling and reinsurance. He is currently at Swiss Re leading the Principle-Based Reporting implementation team tasked with ensuring readiness from a pricing, valuation, financial reporting, governance and systems point of view.
Alijawad has served various roles in actuarial transformation, model validation and corporate modeling teams where he converted legacy platforms, validated models, and analyzed business portfolios. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Alijawad was with a large actuarial consultancy and audit firm.
Alijawad holds a bachelor's degree in economics with a concentration in actuarial science and finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

NameSajjad Haiderali

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Talk Show Date - First Preference:

09/22/2018

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Ottawa
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Employer

Juniper Networks

Profession

Network Engineer

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NameFatim Walli

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Talk Show Date - First Preference:

09/29/2018

Talk Show Date - Second Preference:

10/06/2018

University/College of highest learning

Master's of Early Childhood Studies

Employer

Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre

Profession

Special Needs Resource Consultant

Brief Bio

Fatim is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and an Ontario Certified Teacher with 10 plus years of experience working with children, families and professionals in various learning environments. She currently works with Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre, an assigned service provider agency through the City of Toronto's Every Child Belongs service, as a Special Needs Resource Consultant. It's primary purpose is to support child care programs in building their capacity to support children with various needs to participate in the program. Planning and goal setting begins from the view of the child/children considering their development, social-emotional well-being and the diversity of the famly, home and community.
Prior to this position, Fatim worked with Newcomer families in the Outreach and Family Services Department in programs such as Prenatal Parenting, Healthy Beginnings for Healthy Babies, Early ON, School Readiness and Caregiver Support Network.
She holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Ryerson University, a B.Ed from The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto and a M.A.from Ryerson University in Early Childhood Studies.

NameKomail Lakha

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Talk Show Date - First Preference:

09/29/2018

Talk Show Date - Second Preference:

10/06/2018

Talk Show Date - Third Preference:

10/06/2018

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813 Arbormoor Pl
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University/College of highest learning

BS- Finance and Communication

Employer

Target Corporation

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Senior Recruiter/Talent Sourcer

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Komail lakha is a Senior Recruiter/Talent Sourcer at Target Corporation. Komail earned his BS degree in Finance and Communication at the University of Minnesota. He has worked in corporate capacity for over 7 years.

At Target, he started his career in Supply Chain for 3 years and transitioned into HR as a Recruiter for over 4 years. Komail has worked supporting the following industries in recruiting- Finance, Merchandising, Supply Chain, Technology and Pharmacy. He highly suggests you shop at Target for all your needs!

NameAzra Naqvi

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Talk Show Date - First Preference:

10/13/2018

Talk Show Date - Second Preference:

10/06/2018

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375 South Roselle Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60193
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University/College of highest learning

NLU

Employer

Hadi School

Profession

Principal

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Salam,
Please see attached my background information.

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