Dr. Bassam Osman, Chair
Dr. Bassam Osman, is a is a co-founder of CIOGC. He has served as the Chair of the CIOGC By-Laws and Membership Committees. He has intimately worked with several CIOGC member organizations, such as Mosque Foundation, MECCA Center and Universal School. His work with CIOGC and its member organizations for over 20 years offers priceless insight and experience in his new role as Chair of CIOGC. In addition to his work with CIOGC, Dr. Osman is also Chair of Allied Assets Advisors, President of Sana Financial and a member of ISNA Shura. He is a former Chairman of the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and President of the Dow Jones Islamic Index Fund. Dr. Osman is a neurologist by profession, has taught at the University of Illinois School of Medicine and Cook County Graduate Medical School and is currently Chief of Neurology at Mercy Hospital.
Syed Shahnawaz Khan, Vice-Chair
Syed Shahnawaz Khan, the new Vice Chair of CIOGC, has previously served at CIOGC as Secretary and Treasurer. He is a former Board member of the Mecca Center in Willowbrook and former Chair of Downtown Islamic Center (DIC) in Chicago. His decades of experience with the Muslim community make him a valuable asset to the Board. Professionally, Khan is a project engineer for a a consulting engineering company.
Alia Hirzalla, Board Director
Alia Hirzalla, the new CIOGC Secretary, represents the Bridgeview area Muslim community as a leader at MAS (Muslim American Society). She has experience with CIOGC as a previous Board Illinois Muslim Action Day Committees. Furthermore, she is the school principal of Mohammad Webb Foundation and MAS-PACE Chicago Coordinator. she also teach adults Muslim and non-muslim, she recently went with SAMS for a mission trip in Jordan.
Tasneem Osmani, Treasurer
Tasneem Osmani, CIOGC’s Treasurer, has been associated with CIOGC for over 13 years, and has held positions of Vice Chair and Board Director with the organization. As the Chair of the CIOGC Annual Dinner Committee since 2013, she has led the preparation and planning for the organization’s yearly fundraising event which draws up to a thousand Muslims representing the diverse Chicagoland community. Currently, Osmani is Vice President of Asset Management Technology at Northern Trust Bank.
Halil Demir, Board Director
Halil Demir, is a new CIOGC Board Member and represents Zakat Foundation of America, a Chicago-based global humanitarian organization and member of CIOGC. As a leader in the labor and interfaith community, he has also served on the board of ARISE-Chicago since 2014. His experience and accomplishments as a non-profit leader earned him CIOGC’s award of recognition as the 2016 Top Achiever.
Saleem Shaikh, Board Director
Saleem Shaikh, a new CIOGC Board Member, has experience as a previous Board member and Treasurer, and member of the Human Resources Committee. As a community organizer, he has served as CIOGC’s representative to the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and as Chair of the Education and Finance Committees at Islamic Foundation – Villa Park where he is also a founding member of its full time school.
Dr. Zahid Mohsin, Board Director
Zahid Mohsin, is a returning CIOGC Board Member, and has previously served on the Personnel Committee. As a member of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Shura, he represents the humanitarian group at CIOGC House of Representatives meetings. He has also previously served as the President of ICNA-Chicago for four years. While with ICNA, his work focused on family services and disaster relief through ICNA’s relief sector. Dr. Mohsin is a medical doctor with a specialty is in geriatrics and palliative care medicine.
Deanna Othman, Board Director
Deanna Othman is a journalist and educator who has a religion column on the Huffington Post. She’s also been published in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Daily Herald and on Salon.com, Patheos, AlterNet, The New Arab and the blog Mondoweiss. She also served as the assistant editor of Islamic Horizons magazine. Othman currently teaches literature and journalism at Universal School in Bridgeview, IL. She is also an AMP-Chicago board member and the chapter’s media coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s in English and International Studies, and a Master’s in Journalism, both from Northwestern University.
Dr. Mohammed Kaiseruddin, Ex-Officio Board Member
Dr. Mohammed Kaiseruddin, Ex-Officio Board Member, is a co-founder and former Chair of CIOGC. Currently, he is also the Vice Chair of Downtown Islamic Center (DIC) and the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the IMAN Fund. He has been the President of Muslim Community (MCC) and served the Chicago Muslim community in various capacities for the past 40 years. He is called upon regularly to give Friday khutbahs and speak on Islamic topics. His interests include Islamic education, intrafaith and interfaith, and civic engagement. Professionally, he has a Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering and is a manager at a consulting engineering company.
Gregory Abdullah Mitchell, Executive Director
Gregory Abdullah Mitchell, a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois, is chairperson for Leadership Development Institute and a board member of Masjid Al-Taqwa of Chicago, Illinois. Having served on the board of, and provided legal assistance to, many Muslim organizations over the past 25 years, Brother Mitchell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience concerning not for profit organizations to CIOGC.