IMI Headquarters (IMI HQ) is the central organizational office that coordinates and provides supervision for organizational activities. It is comprised of a core group of individuals who are drawn from IMI’s founders, IMI HQ Country Coordinators, previous Boards, Past Presidents, members, volunteers and staff. Current staff at IMI HQ includes an International Projects, Diplomacy and Advocacy Officer, Finance & IT Officer, Office Administrator, Data Manager, and consultants.
She is a graduate of the Master of Arts program in Religion, Culture and Global Justice at Wilfrid Laurier University. Shifa has worked as a Research Assistant on the Canadian Islamophobia Industry Research Group (CIIRG) based out of Waterloo, Canada. Shifa has a Master of Science in Education, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Shifa is also an Ontario- and New York State-certified high school science and math teacher. She spent six months in Djibouti working on a USAID project as a Gender Equality Officer.
As of the 15th of Sha’aban, Shifa has joined as a Coordinator at IMI HQ, focusing on IMI programming globally, as well as IMI US and IMI Canada.
Syed Reza Jawad did his MBA from Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Karachi and has 25+ years of diversified Sales & Marketing experience in the areas of Information Technology hardware, Packaging - Consumer Goods, Petroleum & Chemicals. Reza has been the Brand Marketing Manager for IMI since 2019.
Romeena joined IMI as the Administrative Coordinator in 2017 and stayed in the position until Nov 2019 when she moved to Wisconsin with her family. She is currently the Database Coordinator for IMI.
Apart from IMI, Romeena works as an Urdu educator and teacher trainer for the NYU STARTALK - Teacher Training Program. She also teaches Urdu to heritage and non – heritage students at Kean University, NJ. She also works as an Independent Urdu Specialist for the American Councils for International Education where she works as a foreign language reviewer and item selector for Urdu proficiency tests. She is the founding member and vice president of a non-profit organization that promotes South Asian art and culture in the Tri-State area. She also served on the board of Pakistani-American Society of South Jersey for two years. Romeena also enjoyed a successful career as a real estate professional from 2005 – 2009.
Romeena holds a BA in Psychology and Philosophy and an MA in Urdu Literature from Karachi University, Pakistan.
Zainab Lakhani is currently completing her Bachelor's in Computer Science from Virtual University. She has completed various programming courses from CodeGirls. She is currently working as project manager associate in IMI and freelance websites.
Aymen graduated with a Bachelors Biology from Purdue University. She will be starting her Masters in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Boston University this September. Aymen currently works at R-Endocrinology as an Administrative Associate. She has been with IMI since August 2019 as an Administrative Associate. She was the backbone of IMI HQs for the Silver Jubilee Conference in Pakistan.
Adil Ahmed graduated from Trinity University with a BSc in Engineering Science in San Antonio, Texas. He will be pursuing a Masters in Computer Engineering at New York University in June 2020. He has been with IMI HQ since late February of this year, starting off as a volunteer and is now a Project Associate. He is also a freelance iOS app developer for a start-up.
Adil has served as the Coordinator for IMI’s COVID-19 supplies for the US
Ashar Zaidi has been in journalism for close to 20 years during which he has worked with leading news papers and Tv channels like Dawn, Reuters TV, Geo TV, Dunya TV and recently with Aap News. Mr Zaidi is a graduate of Karachi University, Pakistan and has studied at Sheridan College in Toronto.
Recently, Ashar has broadened his spectrum and turned freelance, making fundraising videos for NOG’s like the Shahid Afridi Foundation, Hope Foundation Canada, Green Crescent Trust, Bani Hashim Society Canada, Ahlulbayt TV UK and many other clients. Ashar has traveled widely covering the remarkable humanitarian, relief and Healthcare work done by IMI in Pakistan, US, India & Iraq.
Sakina Rizvi leverages her unique combination of legal, health, and programming expertise to effect positive change in the world in the form of disaster relief efforts, advocacy, and transformative educational and professional development programming.
Sakina holds multiple leadership positions with Imamia Medics International (IMI) and is critical to executing their core functions of providing professional development for health professionals, health services for underserved communities, and organizing advocacy and disaster/crisis relief. As Consultant for Imamia Medics International (IMI), she plans and executes organization programming. In addition, Sakina devises and implements advocacy efforts to provide human rights protections for health professionals, presenting reports and recommendations at Congressional briefings, and, as IMI’s Representative to the United Nations (UN), to UN officials and policymakers from around the world. She has served and coordinated a number of international disaster relief and health missions, including in Iraq and Haiti.
Sakina is also committed to effecting change by working on interfaith engagement, coalition-building and advocacy training within the Shia Muslim American community, and empowering Muslim women to lead and succeed.
Sakina graduated from Washington College of Law, American University and currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Public International Law & Policy Group. Prior to her legal education, she also served as the U.S. Director for the American Institute of Pakistan Studies and a Program Officer with AMIDEAST.
Masud Rizvi has been working with IMI on a part-time basis since November 2016, while maintaining full-time employment with Hackensack Meridian Health, as Financial Analyst IV. Prior to this he was Financial Analysts with Quest Diagnostics Laboratories and with Rutgers University for 8.5 years. Masud received his Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, Management, Accountancy, and Cost Accounting from the University of Gorakhpur.
Dr. Yawar Abbas was born and raised in Nagar, Gilgit Baltistan. He graduated with an MBBS from King Edward Medical University Lahore, Pakistan. Currently, he is completing a psychiatry residency from University of North Dakota and is looking forward to working in Delaware as a psychiatrist from July 2020. Prior to starting residency in the United States, he did an elective rotation with Dr. Rizvi at his Endocrinology Clinic New Jersey when the idea of the Nagar Project Started.
Dr Afzal Haider has been involved in IMI in his time living in the United States. He is currently working as Director of Research and development and Clinical Manager at a CLIA and CAP accredited clinical Laboratory backed with over 25 years of broad-based experience in treating people with a diverse range of medical needs.
Mr Naqvi started his career with SIEMENS (Pakistan) in Electrical Engineering. He them acquired Electronic, Digital & Computers up to Main Frame Engineering experience in Austria. Mr Nisar then served with International Computers Limited as a Main Frame Field Engineer in New Jersey. From 1985 – 2005 he served over 200 Doctors & Medical offices in regard to Computers & Practice Management setup, training & support in the tri-state area. He is currently running a small business as Construction Project Management CPM, (New Jersey, USA).
He is the founder (Co-founder) of the Austrian Pakistani Family Circle, Jafaria School of NJ, American Pakistani Community Political Awareness (AMPAC) and the Institute of Healthcare & IT Management., USA
Mr. Abbas completed his Bachelors of Science from Cypress College. He has provided IT Services to many Fortune 500 companies. He is currently providing a full spectrum IT Services to IMI & R-Endocrinology.
He is IMIs backbone for Administrative and IT Services. An emblem of selflessness for the process for over 15 years.
Dr. Rizvi graduated from Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan. He did his internal medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, and then completed a fellowship in Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Lipid Disorders from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Hahnemann University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
For 8 years he headed the Endocrine Division of the Dakota Clinic and Innovis Health Systems in Fargo, ND, and was Associate Professor of Clinical Endocrinology at the University of North Dakota. Currently he is an Associate Professor, Clinical Endocrinology, at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Chief of R-Endocrinology and R-Research, in Hamilton, NJ.
Dr. Rizvi is one of the founding members of Imamia Medics International and oversees the IMI Headquarters. He has an avid interest in philosophy, Urdu poetry, traveling and wildlife. He lives with his family in New Jersey.
Growing up in the United States we are always reminded of the advantages we were given over the people in our native countries. It is from that constant reminder that our generation of American born students feels that it is necessary to give back to communities that we are nowhere near. This however becomes a daunting task as we are trying to reach cities and places many of us have never even visited. This is where Imamia Medics International comes into play. IMI has been my outlet for philanthropic work since before I entered into high school. It is through IMI that I see my efforts, here in New Jersey, manifest into something much greater around the world. IMI has helped me realize that ambition alone is not enough to change the world; in order to achieve the changes we wish to see in this world we require ambition, vision, and most importantly execution. That is why I have joined IMI, so that my ambition and vision can meet their execution.