Rev. Robert Chase
Chair, UPIC Executive Committee
Rev. Robert Chase is a Fellow at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, where he leads the U.S.-Pakistan Interreligious Coalition (UPIC) program. He is the Founding Director of Intersections International (2007), a global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York. Rev. Chase also served as Director of Communication for the one million-member United Church of Christ; furthermore, he is an author, playwright and award-winning video producer/director.
Rev. Dr. Brian Keenan Muzás
Chair, UPIC Bylaws Subcommittee
Rev. Dr. Brian Muzás is the Director of the Center for United Nations and Global Governance Studies at Seton Hall University and has been part of the U.S.-Pakistan Interreligious Coalition since its inception. He has a B.S.E. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and is an ordained Catholic priest since 2003. He also teaches International Security and Theory of International Relations at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University.
Dr. Kelly Dalton
Dr. Kelly Dalton is the Director of the Saints Service Center at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She has a background in organizing international educational opportunities and promoting healthy nutrition, especially in challenged inner city neighborhoods.
Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs
With a background in media and religion and a lifelong commitment to social justice, Rev. Dr. Arthur Cribbs is pastor of the Los Angeles Filipino-American UCC and Executive Director Emeritus of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid
Abdul Malik Mujahid is an award-winning author, educator, and Imam. With a strong background in media, Imam Malik is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Parliament of the World’s Religions and he also chairs Bruma Task Force USA – a coalition of 19 Muslim organizations to stop genocide in Burma.
Professor Samina Yasmeen
Professor Yasmeen is an expert in political and strategic development in South Asia. She is Director of the Center for Muslim States and Societies and teaches Political Science and International Relations at the University of Western Australia (Perth). She has focused on Islamization in Pakistan ‘s domestic and foreign policy.
Rev. Michael Livingston
Rev. Livingston is Executive Minister at The Riverside Church in Manhattan. For many years he engaged with working families at Interfaith Worker Justice where he served as National Policy Director. He also served as President of both the International Council of Community and the National Council of Churches.
Junaid S. Ahmad
Junaid is the Director of the Center for Global Dialogue in Lahore. He has a Juris Doctor (law) degree and has been teaching law, religion, and politics at Lahore University of Management and Technology since 2009. Junaid is also a co-founder of Muslim Men Against Domestic Abuse and has been an activist for human rights for long time.
Rabbi Dr. Robert (Reuven) Firestone
Rabbi Dr. Firestone is a Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. He is also the Founder and co-Director of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement and a frequent speaker in synagogues, mosques, and churches across the United States.
Imtashal is the Global Peacemaking Specialist at Intersections International. She is also an Adjunct Professor for criminology, international law, and gender studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Previously, she served as Research Fellow for the Prisoners’ Education Trust.
Dr. Zahid H. Bukhari
Dr. Bukhari is the President of the Islamic Circle of North America. He is also Director of the American Muslim Studies Program at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (Georgetown University). Dr. Bukhari has conducted a number of research projects on religion and public policy in the United States.
Dr. Jasmin Zine
Dr. Zine is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Wilfred Laurier University. Her teaching focuses on social inequality, social justice, and education. She has published a number of books on Islam, inclusivity, and gender. Dr. Zine also appeared in the 2005 documentary Me and the Mosque, exploring women’s roles in Canadian mosques.
Melody Fox Ahmed
Melody is the director of global programs at the National Cathedral School. She oversees a number of programs related to religion, interfaith dialogue, and is a frequent speaker on interfaith issues and Islam in Washington DC. She is the author of a number of publications on Islam.
Rev. Dr. Richard Hamm
Rev. Dr. Hamm is an ordained minister of the Christian Church. He has served in rural, exurban, suburban, and urban congregations and often mediated settlements in school district labor disputes. Dick is a former member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and holds eight honorary degrees.
Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW
Rabbi Weintraub serves as Rabbinic Director of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. His major responsibilities at the Jewish Board are about integrating Jewish spiritual resources into counseling, support groups, and workshops. Rabbi Weintraub also conceived and edited an edition of 10 healing psalms.
Dr. Deborah Mullen
Dr. Mullen is VP for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Columbia Theological Seminary after a decades-long tenure at McCormick Theological Seminary where, among other accomplishments, she was Founding Director of the Center for African American Ministries and Black Church Studies.
Mr. Frakes is an award-winning videographer video producer, script writer, and editor. Between 1993-2007 he served as the principal videographer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. After that, he founded his own company (Tim Frakes Productions), which produces documentaries for non-profit, faith-based, corporate, and broadcast clients.
Mr. Siddiqi is a Founder and Managing Partner of Denham. He has over 35 years experience in the energy and asset management sector. He was President and CEO of Capstone Global Energy, and held a number of positions in other energy-related companies for which he also traveled to Pakistan.
Dr. John Esposito
Dr. Esposito is Professor of Religion and International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, and Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He has worked with many international organizations and has published 45 books, translated into 35 languages, on Islam, democracy, society, and world religions.
Simha has served for 40 years with Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish communities. She served as NY coordinator of the partnership between the UJA Federation of NY and the government of Israel to improve Israel’s services to at-risk children and youth. She is also Founding Director, Jewish Coalition for Service.
Dr. Tamara Sonn
Dr. Sonn is the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the History of Islam at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. She is the author of a number of publications on Islam, religion, and politics, and articles that have been translated in several languages.