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Haroon Moghul - Executive Director
Haroon Moghul is Executive Director of The Maydan Institute. He served as Director of Public Relations at the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU) from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Moghul holds an M.A. in Middle East and South Asian Studies from Columbia University, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate. His fields of study include Muslim nationalism in South Asia, colonial and post-colonial Islamic politics and the development of the Indian Ocean economy. Mr. Moghul graduated from NYU in 2002 with a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Philosophy, and a minor in Arabic. He has also has studied Persian, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu. He was nominated for the 2009 Presidential Award for Best Teaching by a Graduate Student at Columbia University.
Mr. Moghul’s sermons and lectures are included in the Islamic Center at NYU’s new media services, which average over 30,000 unique downloads per month from over 120 countries. His academic engagements include Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Minnesota. Mr. Moghul has been interviewed by or otherwise featured on CNN, al-Hurra, The History Channel, ABC-7, Voice of America, National Public Radio (NPR), UN Radio (Arabic), The New Yorker, TIME, the Guardian, and The National (Abu Dhabi).
Formerly contributing editor and end-page columnist for Islamica Magazine, Mr. Moghul maintains a popular blog, Avari, which won several Brass Crescent Awards, including wins for Best Muslim Blog, Best Thinker and Best Writing. His essays and articles have been published in a variety of international media, including Pakistan's Dawn and The Friday Times, as well as American media, including Tikkun and Religion Dispatches. He prepares policy reports and analyses for Tabah Foundation, an Abu-Dhabi based think-tank devoted to bridging Muslim tradition and contemporary Western politics and thought. Mr. Moghul’s first analytic brief, published in English and Arabic, considered the role of Muslim scholars in encouraging dialogue with the United States. His first novel, The Order of Light, was released by Penguin Global in 2006. A French translation, Comment j'ai échappé à l'Ordre de lumière, was published by Cherche Midi in 2007.
Haroon Moghul has been selected as one of over 500 global Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT) and participated in the MLT Conference in Doha, Qatar (2009). Mr. Moghul will be presenting his research into the effects of new media at the Parliament of World Religions in Melbourne, Australia.
Omar Taha - Operations Director
Omar Taha is Operations Director of The Maydan Institute. He served as Director of International Development at the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU) from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Taha holds a B.S. (2004) in Finance and Accounting from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. At NYU, Omar was part of the prestigious Stern Honors and Scholars program. Mr. Taha is a Middle East resident and fluent in Arabic.
Mr. Taha is founder and CEO of The S&T Group, a human resources consulting firm dedicated to the Gulf region of The Middle East. Since founding the S&T Group, Mr. Taha has sourced talent globally for leading Middle Eastern Sovereign Wealth Funds, Investment Banking firms, and Hedge Funds in the region. Mr. Taha has been involved with executive appointments with firms such as Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, and the Dubai and Bahraini governments. Prior to The S&T Group, Omar was an Investment Banker with Bank of America in New York, where he advised Multinational Corporations, such as Pepsi and M&M Mars, in regards to international capital risks. Omar has also held several others positions within the financial services industry, including Merger & Acquisition Advisory and Consulting.
As a recognized pioneer for carrying out financial services executive appointments from Wall Street to the Middle East, Mr. Taha frequently presents to companies, MBA students, and professional networks on the business culture and practices of the Middle East.
Mr. Taha is also founder of GCC Interns, an internship program dedicated to placing Arab Gulf citizens with financial services internships in the Gulf. Through GCC Interns, Mr. Taha is helping to alleviate the burden of Government-sponsored employment nationalization programs. Mr. Taha has also consulted U.S. based Muslim organizations. Mr. Taha was part of the team that hired the Director of Operations for Zaytuna College, the first U.S. accredited Muslim college. In the past several years, Omar has been involved in several internet startups in the Middle East. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Wizeefa.com, the Middle East’s first dedicated career aggregator.
Khalid Latif - Senior Lecturer; Curriculum Development
Imam Khalid Latif is the Executive Director and Chaplain for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU). Imam Latif graduated from NYU (B.A., 2004), with his concentration in Politics and Middle Eastern studies, and completed coursework at the Hartford Seminary and through other Islamic education and chaplaincy programs. He continues study in Islamic practice, Islamic law and Arabic, and has studied Latin extensively.
In 2005, Imam Latif was appointed the first Muslim Chaplain at NYU. In 2006, Imam Latif was appointed the first Muslim Chaplain at Princeton University. Mr. Latif’s position at NYU was fully institutionalized in 2007, after which he dedicated himself to that institution and the building of a Muslim life institution. Today’s Islamic Center is a leader among American Muslim organizations, contributing enormously to the future of Muslim practice in the West.
Imam Latif’s exceptional dedication and ability to cross faith and cultural boundaries brought him to the attention of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who in 2007 nominated Imam Latif to become the youngest chaplain in history of the New York City Police Department. (He was 24.) Imam Latif has dedicated himself to America’s largest police department, and in that role has further developed valuable skills as a spokesperson for co-existence, mutual understanding and productive relationships between cultures, communities and religions. Mr. Latif’s sermons and lectures are a main attraction in the Islamic Center at NYU’s new media services, which average over 30,000 unique downloads per month from over 120 countries.
Imam Latif has offered his leadership skills, interfaith experience and social awareness to the U.S. State Department, the United Nations, major corporations such as Goldman Sachs, as well as mosques and other institutions in the United States, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and Egypt, with upcoming engagements in Sweden, Israel and Norway. He is a highly sought-after speaker, offering to diverse audiences his unique blend of motivational speaking, empowerment insights, spiritual development and religious awareness. He has been invited to speak at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California-Berkeley, Columbia University, Princeton University and Harvard. Imam Latif has been quoted or otherwise featured on numerous media outlets including BBC, NPR, CNN, the New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, BET and GEO TV (Pakistan).