Institute Advisors

Basima Sisemore

Basima Sisemore is a researcher for the Global Justice Program at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Her research addresses issues related to Islamophobia, human rights, and exclusionary practices that disfranchise and other Muslims, immigrants, refugees, and communities of color.  Prior to joining the Haas Institute Basima was a Senior Program Specialist for…

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Elsadig Elsheikh

Elsadig Elsheikh is the Director of the Global Justice program at the Haas Institute, where he oversees the program’s projects on food system, global equity, and human rights. Prior to the Haas Institute, Elsadig led the international program at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, where he also…

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Dr. Hatem Bazian

Hatem Bazian is a co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College, the 1st Accredited Muslim Liberal Arts College in the United States. In addition, Prof. Bazian is a lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian between…

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Dr. Maha Hilal

Dr. Maha Hilal is the inaugural Michael Ratner fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.  She is also an organizer with Witness Against Torture and a steering committee member of the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition. Concurrent with these roles, Dr. Hilal is also a Co-Principle Investigator with the Torture Treatment Initiative out…

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Somayeh Nikooei

Somayeh serves as the Director of Operations at Our Three Winners Foundation. She started her position in August 2018. Prior to that, from 2009-2018, She was the Director of Operations at the Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF). She helped launch ISF and plays now a similar role at OTW. Somayeh has a B.A. in Architectural Design…

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Dr. Suzanne Barakat

Suzanne was born and raised in North Carolina, and attended UNC Chapel Hill for undergrad and medical school. She completed her residency training in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at UCSF San Francisco General Hospital. She is a practicing physician in Oakland, CA, and is passionate about women’s health, mental health, global health,…

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Hala Hijazi

Ms. Hijazi is a San Francisco Business and Community Leader with 20 years of public service, business, and social entrepreneurship experience collaborating with and representing high-level government, business, and diverse constituency stakeholders in highly charged and sensitive environments to address complex public policy issues, deliver economic and political solutions, and advance civil and human rights.…

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