Board of Advisors

Dr. Soolmaz Abooali

Dr. Soolmaz Abooali is a professor, author, and practitioner working at the intersection of sport, diplomacy, and conflict resolution. In this capacity, she designs and implements sport-based programs for a diverse group of actors such as government, nongovernmental organizations, and philanthropic figures seeking to address social and political conflict through soft power methods.
Dr. Abooali is also a world champion and 14-time US national champion in Traditional Karate”

Dr. Donna Hughes

Donna M. Hughes, Ph.D., Eleanor M. & Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair and Graduate Director, Gender & Women’s Studies at Rhode Island University; Editor-in-Chief, Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation & Violence.

Dr. Antonia Felix

Antonia Felix, Ed.D., education consultant and researcher specializing in racial and gender equity; author of 24 books including biographies of women leaders Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elizabeth Warren, Michelle Obama, Sonia Sotomayor, Condoleezza Rice, and others.

Mandy Sanghera

Mandy Sanghera, award-winning philanthropist, community consultant and global campaigner as well as international human rights activist. Her work includes supporting victims and survivors of honor-based violence and cultural abuse, such as FGM and forced marriages.

Dr. Aminah Beverly (McCloud) Al-Deen

E Reading list Dr. Al-Deen is professor emerita of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University. In 2006, she founded the United States’ first undergraduate baccalaureate program in Islamic World Studies. She is the former Editor in Chief of the Journal of Islamic Law & Culture. Her book publications include: African American Islam, Questions of Faith, Transnational Muslims in America, Introduction to Islam in the 21 st Century, Global Muslims in the 21 st century, History of Arab Americans: Exploring Diverse Roots and Muslim Ethics in the 21st Century.
Dr. Al-Deen is a Senior Fulbright Scholar, host of Critical Talk a Muslim Network TV production, executive board member of IMAN (Inner City Muslim Action Network) and the American editor for the Muslim Minorities in the West Series for Brill Publishers. She is also an editor of Anthropology and Ethnology Open Access Journal.

Zahra Amanpour

Zahra Amanpour is an entrepreneur, mother and activist. Zahra is currently a Senior Advisor at JFF, an organization that accelerates the alignment and transformation of the American workforce and education systems to ensure economic advancement for all. She is currently working on a project focused on bringing immersive technologies, like virtual and augmented reality, to small business to help them meet their employee training needs, increase economic opportunity for their workers and adjust to the new COVID
and post COVID economy. Zahra is also the Founder of Indiegrove, a coworking space in Jersey City, NJ and Next Move Strategy, a consulting firm focused on assisting companies in deepening their relationships with small businesses and local economies. Zara’s career has been dedicated to economic access and equality, specifically for women and minorities. She has a MA in Social Psychology and MBA in International Business. She serves on the board of Women’s Freedom Forum. Zahra believes business can and should be used as a tool for empowerment, equality and happiness.

David Matas

David Matas, an international human rights, refugee, and immigration lawyer practicing in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; member of the Order of Canada; 2010 Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

Dr. Judy Patacsil

Judy Patacsil, Psy.D., Counselor/Professor and International Education Coordinator at San Diego Miramar College. At Miramar College she initiated Filipino Studies and Filipino language courses to serve the large Filipino community of San Diego. She is also a licensed psychotherapist who leads Mental Health Services at Miramar College.