Sahar Husain is a founding member of Muslim Volunteers for New York and plays a strategic role in developing new initiatives and relationships with partnering organizations. She liaises with local government officials, the NYC Parks Department, private schools, and New York Common Pantry to develop volunteering opportunities.
Alongside her work at MV4NY, Sahar personally conducts speaking engagements on the fundamentals of Islam in schools. In this context, she often leads group tours of mosques in NYC. Sahar co-heads the Muslim Affinity group of the Parents Association at Trinity School, organizing community and social events at the school. She follows the motto, 'Be the change that you want to see in the world” and her passion is giving back to the city that she calls home.
Sahar is a native of Karachi, Pakistan and holds an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. She previously worked at Nestle Pakistan in core retail sales with major institutional clients.
Mubeen Siddiqui is a founding member of Muslim Volunteers for New York. She manages core relationships across all MV4NY platforms with partners including NYC Parks, Citymeals on Wheels, the Pajama Program, Room to Grow and Education through Music. She spearheads MV4NY’s public relations initiatives and strategic planning. She also serves as liaison for several state and city officials/agencies as well as leading schools across the city.
Mubeen believes that everyone should be engaged and invested in improving their communities. Her daughters inspire her to serve her community and she helps them manage their own charitable initiatives.
Mubeen was previously a Director of Capital Markets at Altria Group Inc. where she managed global and domestic debt issuances, debt and equity derivatives and credit facilities. She holds an MBA from Northland University in Montreal and Fellowship with honors in business from the Canadian School of Management in Toronto.
Sanober Khan is a founding member of Muslim Volunteers for New York and leads MV4NY’s work on the Health & Wellness and Community Platform. She is the key liaison to Ronald McDonald House and co-manages the relationship with New York Common Pantry. She leads multiple volunteering activities across MV4NY’s platforms.
Sanober works for the NYC Department of Education serving as parent coordinator for an elementary school on the Upper East Side. Sanober is passionate about serving the community and previously worked with public and head start schools developing outreach programs to counsel children in the Rochester area about the perils of drug abuse. She is inspired by her mother and late father who actively engaged in outreach programs throughout their lives and taught her the value of community service.
Sanober is a native of Lahore and has a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities from Kinnaird College, and a Master's Degree in French from Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan.
Dr. Hina Irshad is a founding member of Muslim Volunteers for New York and serves as Treasurer for MV4NY. She serves as co-lead for various activities across MV4NY’s platforms.
Hina works at Columbia Medical Center as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and has a private practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She has worked as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at community clinics across the greater New York area. Giving back to the community and teaching social action to her children has been a priority of her family time.
Hina grew up in Texas, the eldest daughter of immigrant Pakistani Muslim parents. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center and completed residency training in Psychiatry in New York City.
Dr. Saima Saad is a founding member of MV4NY and advises our Health platform including advising on health and medical-related volunteering opportunities. She also serves as Secretary of the board at MV4NY and leads volunteering opportunities at food pantries.
Saima is a Medical Director working in the New York Commerical Business Division at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, responsible for developing innovative delivery systems to enable members with cognitive and physical disabilities access to medical services. She also has over a decade of experience as a Geriatric Hospitalist. She is passionate about integrating the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals into MV4NY’s initiatives.
Saima is a native of Karachi and has a medical degree from Dow Medical University in Pakistan. She completed her residency and fellowship at Wayne State University in Michigan.
Faiza Mawjee is a Project Director at Muslim Volunteers for New York. She manages communication and marketing for MV4NY across conventional and digital channels including creating integrated campaigns for various projects and curating the organization’s website and social media presence. She initiates coalition building with new and existing community service partners, overseeing relationships with community boards, pantry partners, and several leading New York city schools.
In addition to her work at MV4NY Faiza is co-owner of a coffee shop in Rhode Island. She is mother to two young girls and serves as Co-VP for External Affairs on the PTA Executive Board at her daughter’s schools. She is passionate about collaborating with community-based organizations to further education and social justice.
Faiza was previously an Analyst at Moody’s Investors Service in New York, and prior to that worked as an Assistant Brand Manager at Unilever Pakistan. She holds an MPA in International Development and Public Finance from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and an MBA from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.
Farah Siddiqui is a Project Director at Muslim Volunteers for New York. She manages MV4NY presence and brand identity on various social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Farah helps in creating integrated campaigns for various projects, curating events and volunteer opportunities and documenting them on social media. She serves as co-lead for various activities across MV4NY’s platforms.
Farah believes in the ripple effect of sharing opportunity, building relationships and offering choices to build a community of shared hopes and dreams. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are endless" - Mother Teresa.
Farah was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in various countries before settling in the USA with her family. She grew up as a Third Culture Kid and understands first-hand the value of inclusivity and diversity in a community. She has held various roles including copy writer at an advertising agency, professor of management courses for undergraduate students and as an elementary school teacher. She holds an MBA from Aligarh Muslim University, India and Masters in Literacy and Elementary Education from Long Island University, USA.
Areeb (pronounced "uh-rayb") Mahamadi is a Project Coordinator at Muslim Volunteers for New York. Joining in February 2022, Areeb is helping upgrade & maintain the MV4NY website & email program. He will also help coordinate some of the annual campaigns, such as the Ramadan Food Drive. As we continue to grow our network of partners & schools in the city, he will play a valuable role in growing and strengthening our relationships with organizations such as the New York Common Pantry.
Areeb works full-time as a Director of Digital Marketing at WITHIN, a performance branding agency located in Long Island City, NY. He has led marketing strategy for national & international brands, from Casper to Spartan Race, over the last 5 years at the company. He also has a particular interest in growth & development, helping with the WITHIN training program while also teaching a marketing course at NYU.
Having grown up in Karachi, Pakistan, Areeb then graduated from Brown University with a degree in Political Science & Economics. In addition to his work with MV4NY, you'll also find Areeb volunteering at the Animal Care Center of New York as an operational & dog volunteer.
Farah Husain is a Project Coordinator at Muslim Volunteers for New York. She manages MV4NY’s social media presence on Instagram, Facebook and X promoting MV4NY’s various projects and initiatives. In the process, she often networks with MV4NY’s partner organizations. Farah hopes to catalyze youth engagement in community service opportunities, as she believes that younger generations are a powerful force for change.
Farah is currently a freshman at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC. She graduated from the Trinity School in NYC, where she was a President of the Muslim Affinity Group, South Asian Affinity Group and Captain of the PF Debate Team, as well as a member of the Student Diversity Leadership Council. She also served as a Youth Ambassador for MV4NY at Trinity and participated in countless MV4NY volunteer events, from park clean ups to meal deliveries.
She is particularly interested in initiatives centered around hunger alleviation and education, as she believes these are fundamental to the development and enrichment of a community. In this context, Farah has worked with nonprofits in Karachi, Pakistan—as a teacher at the Orange Tree School where she taught English to underprivileged kids for three years, and as an intern with the Indus Hospital, where she highlighted the critical need for free medical care.
As the youngest member of the MV4NY team, she believes that everyone holds the power to make a difference and strives to prove that with her work.
A special thank you to our friend Juliet for joining us at many of our events as our volunteer photographer!