Shahid Javed Burki
Former Finance Minister of Pakistan and Vice President of the World Bank
Shahid Javed Burki is a professional economist who has served as the Finance Minister of Pakistan and as a Vice President of the World Bank. Currently, Mr. Burki is a Chairman of the Institute of Public Policy in Lahore. He has written extensively on economic development and on the political history of Pakistan. Mr. Burki has been a member of the faculty at Harvard University and Chief Economist, Planning and Development Department, Government of the Punjab.
Mr. Burki holds degrees in physics and economics, as well as the M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Harvard University. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.
National Media Panelist of the Indian National Congress
Salman Anees Soz is an economist and international development expert. Prior to joining politics, Salman was at the World Bank in Washington, DC where he served in various capacities for 13 years. He contributes op-eds to numerous media outlets including The Indian Express, Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Hindu, Economic Times, Mint, Huffington Post, and Quartz. He is also a contributor to the Hudson Institute, a Washington, DC think tank.
Hailing from Kashmir, he is a passionate advocate of a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. Salman has an MBA from Yale University, a Master's in Economics from Northeastern University and a B.A. from St. Stephen's College.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
Mirwaiz of Kashmir, Chairman of the Awami Action Committee, and Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (M)
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is the Mirwaiz of Kashmir and a Kashmiri separatist leader. He is the chairman of the Awami Action Committee and was a key force in the formation of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a grassroots coalition of pro-Pakistan and pro-freedom parties in Jammu and Kashmir. As a Mirwaiz (spiritual leader) of Kashmir and head of the Hurriyat, he has both an important religious and political role in the politics of the Valley.
In October 2014, he was listed as one of The 500 Most Influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, Jordan.
MD, MPH, Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health
Adil Haider, MD, MPH, FACS is an active trauma and critical care surgeon, prolific researcher, and the Kessler Director for the Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH), a joint initiative of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also the Deputy Editor of JAMA Surgery and holds numerous leadership positions, including President-Elect of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS).
Dr. Haider is credited with uncovering racial disparities after traumatic injury and establishing the field of trauma disparities research. He is regarded as one of the foremost experts on healthcare inequities in the United States, with projects focused on describing and mitigating unequal outcomes based on sex, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age and socioeconomic status. His other research focuses on long-term clinical and functional outcomes after trauma and emergency general surgery, optimal treatment of trauma/critically ill patients in resource-poor settings, and advanced analytic techniques for surgical health services research. He has formally mentored more than 80 research trainees, published more than 200 peer reviewed papers and currently serves as Principal Investigator (PI) on extramural grants worth more than seven million dollars. Dr. Haider believes that equality is the cornerstone of medicine, and his professional goal is to eradicate disparities in healthcare in the United States.
In 2017, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his medical expertise and service to the "less fortunate".
Junoon (band), Goodwill Ambassador, Physician, Activist, and Professor at the City University of New York
Salman Ahmad, one of South Asia’s most influential cultural figures, is a musician, physician, teacher and Rotary International's Polio goodwill ambassador. With his wife, Samina, he launched an NGO called the Salman & Samina Global Wellness Initiative, focused on interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue, global health and wellness, and music education.
Ahmad popularized a blend of Western rock music and Eastern/Islamic music that has been called “Sufi rock” and that has been hailed as a cultural bridge within South Asia and between the East and West. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Ahmad spent his teenage years in New York before returning to Lahore to train as a medical doctor.
Junoon has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has shared the stage with artists such as Bono, Don Henley, Peter Gabriel,Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Michael Franti, Melissa Etheridge, Ziggy Marley Alicia Keys, Sting, Earth Wind and Fire, and Wyclef Jean. Ahmad has co-written and recorded a song with academy award winning artist Melissa Etheridge called Ring the Bells,Open Your Eyes with Peter Gabriel and 2011 UN Humanitarian day song, "If I could Change" with Ziggy Marley & Sweet Rush. Ahmad led Junoon in a 2001 performance at the U.N. General Assembly Hall—the first such rock performance in that hall. In 2007 Junoon performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. The group defied death threats from militants to perform in 2008 in the valley of Kashmir -- the first rock concert to be held in Srinagar.
Jon Pareles of the New York Times has described Junoon as "South Asia's answer to Santana," and the Wall Street Journal called Junoon's eclectic music "a powerful combination of Led Zeppelin and traditional South Asian percussion like tabla and dholak."
Ahmad has written a memoir for Simon and Schuster titled Rock and Roll Jihad and has written commentaries for the Washington Post’s "On Faith" website. He is also a member of the Brookings institute's US-Islamic arts & culture panel for public diplomacy. Ahmad has appeared on major television networks such as CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, AL-Jazeera and AL-Arabiya and has been the subject of two documentary films: "The Rockstar and the Mullahs" and "Its My Country Too" for PBS/Wide Angle and the BBC. Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon also presented a documentary on Junoon for VH1 titled, “Islamabad: Rock City.” Ahmad is also a professor at Queens college (CUNY) where he teaches music and poetry from Muslim culture. He received an honorary doctorate from the Claremont Graduate University in 2009.