Meet the subcommittee members who help bring AAC to life!
The Afghan-American Conference was an idea implemented by a group of young Afghan-American students and working professionals from across the United States. Our subcommittee’s involvement with the Afghan community has ranged from Afghan student organizations and working with non-profits, to organizing local community programs. We are excited to bring individuals with varying experiences together to promote dialogue and advance a vision aimed at empowering the Afghan-American community.
ABRAHAM FAROOQI, COMMUNITY RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE
Abraham Farooqi is a Business Process Specialist at Wells Fargo Capital Finance. He graduated from California State University of Northridge in 2014 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Abraham is from Los Angeles, CA.
FATOMA RAD, COMMUNITY RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE
Fatoma Rad is an Information Sciences Researcher and Special Projects Librarian at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Fatoma graduated Pratt in 2013 with a Masters in Information Science. She has also received a B.A. in History from SUNY Old Westbury in 2011. Fatoma is from Long Island, NY.
HABIB SAHAR, COMMUNITY RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE
Habib Sahar is a Product Manager at Apple in Cupertino, CA. Previously, he worked as a Management Consulting Manger for EY and spent time in Accenture's Management Consulting practice as well. Habib graduated with a Finance degree from the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management. There he was a member of the Afghan Student Association and the President of BAM, which was an organization that promoted diversity in the workplace. Habib looks to help build a strong and cohesive Afghan-American community throughout the United States by assisting young Afghans to pursue their professional ambitions.
KHATOL AZIZ, COMMUNITY RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE
Khatol Aziz is a Paralegal at an estate-planning firm in Fairfax, VA and hopes to attend law school in 2018. Khatol is pursuing a B.A. in Global Affairs with a concentration in Human Security and a minor in Intelligence Analysis at George Mason University. She will be graduating in December 2017.
MARYAM RASHID, COMMUNITY RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE
Maryam Rashid has worked with various organizations within the Afghan American diaspora. She is the founder of the annual Afghan Arts and Culture Festival in Washington DC, an all-day cultural event that serves to promote the Afghan culture. Maryam graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelors in Global Affairs. As an educator, she taught in an impoverished school district in Philadelphia. In the international development sector, she has worked on economic growth projects in Afghanistan and currently works on development projects in the Middle East.
Ariana Piloti, FINANCE subcommittee
Ariana Piloti is a student at the University of Southern California and resides in Los Angeles, CA. She is expected to graduated from the Marshall School of Business in December 2017 with a B.A. in Business Administration with a emphasis in Finance. Ariana is the President of USC's Afghan Student Association and is currently working on a research proposal in regard to Afghanistan's agriculture sector through Marshall's honors program.
MASHAL HAMIDI, FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE
Mashal Hamidi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. As a child, her parents fled the country as asylum seekers like many Afghans for the United States. From a young age she was conscious for the need of human rights and social justice especially overseas. From volunteering and fundraising for UNICEF at a young age to speaking at the UN General Assembly about the importance of access to education, Mashal has been deeply engaged with UN work to further her passion. Mashal graduated from Adelphi University in New York with a B.A. in Sociology. She is working towards developing a career in Public Health. She is currently on the board for the Afghan Women's Fund, and is working on youth development in the education initiative Read and Lead Afghanistan, a project that aims towards bringing academic resources and basic necessities to children in Afghanistan. Mashal is a consultant for Deloitte and Touche, resides in Whitestone, NY and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
MOUZIMA MOUSUMI, FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE
Mouzima Mousumi is interning as a Data Utilities Billing Engineer at CHC Consulting in the Bay Area. During her first two years at Diablo Valley College, she was majoring in Architectural Design and had wanted to use that major in helping with infrastructure in third world countries. Once she entered her third semester, Mouzima joined an international engineering competition hosted by SpaceX to participate in building a bullet train. While being project manager, she realized that she wanted to shift gears and become a Mechanical Engineer.
FAHIMEH BARIKZAI, LOGISTICS SUBCOMMITTEE
Fahimeh Barikzai is a SEO Marketing Specialist at Trulia in San Francisco. Fahimeh graduated California State University of Sacramento in 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology and Education. She has also received her teaching credentials in multiple subjects from San Francisco State University in 2013. She has recently switched careers from teaching elementary school to entering the Bay Area tech world. Fahimeh is from Antioch, CA.
SAMIR FAZELYAR, LOGISTICS SUBCOMMITTEE
Samir Fazelyar works in cyber security as a Senior Information Security Analyst at Symantec. He received his B.S. in Applied Information Technology at George Mason University in 2016 and is actively applying to Engineering graduate programs. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Samir has been involved with his community via the Mustafa Center. He envisions AAC as a platform to connect like-minded Afghans from different regions across the country.
Angela Ahmadi, Marketing SUBCOMMITTEE
Angela Ahmadi is the founder and creative director of King Noor LA, a contemporary street-wear brand focused on shining a positive light on Afghanistan. She is also the design and marketing assistant at Ariana Rugs Inc. Angela graduated from The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in 2010 with a degree in Apparel Manufacturing Management. Angela is from Los Angeles, CA.
NEELAB NAIBKHYL, PROGRAMMING SUBCOMMITTEE
Neelab Naibkhyl serves as Director of a consulting firm in the finance field. She was recently named as one of top female leaders in her industry for 2016. Neelab earned her Bachelor's degree Cum Laude in Business with an emphasis in Finance from San Diego State University. She is also a member of the AAC Refugee Task Force which seeks to provide linkage between Afghan-Americans and resettling refugees and immigrants.
SUFIA A. OMAR, Programming Subcommittee
Sufia Omar is a Senior Finance Analyst at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Sufia graduated New York University in 2012 with a B.A. in Economics.