Our Team

At Pillars we’re all in this together. Learn more about our people and experiences.


Maryam Abdul-Kareem

Senior Program Manager, Catalyze Fund

Kalia Abiade

Vice President, Programs

Bushra Aljaber

Digital Media Associate

Nadia Z Ismail

Director of People and Culture

Waliya Lari

Director of Communications

Hina Mahmood

Managing Director, Catalyze Fund

Ali Reza Malik

Senior Creative Producer

Arij Mikati

Managing Director, Culture Change

Aya Nimer

Program Manager, Culture Change

Leah Pallant

Operations Manager

Mawish Raza

Program Manager, Catalyze Fund

Kashif Shaikh

Co-Founder and President

Board of Directors

Shakeeb Alam

Pillars Fund

Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Deana Haggag

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Nancy A. Khalil

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Noorain Khan

Ford Foundation

Rami Nashashibi

Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)

Rashid Shabazz

Critical Minded

Kashif Shaikh

Pillars Fund

Sameer Shamsi

Houlihan Lokey



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