Currently Certified SpeakersA list of speakers certified to give presentations
Shaista Azad, J.D.
is a co-founder of the MSN and is an attorney living in Garden Grove. She has appeared as a guest speaker in schools, churches, and universities for over 15 years. She also trains and certifies new speakers for MSN, and develops new content. She is married with three children and loves detective fiction. She also loves her two kittens, even when they shred the furniture.
is a co-founder of the MSN and an electrical engineering graduate of UC Irvine, and is currently a Hardware Engineer at Virgin Galactic. He has been speaking in public schools for more than ten years. He trains and certifies new speakers for MSN and develops new content. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing tennis, and snowboarding.
is a co-founder of MSN; developing content and training speakers. She presents to schools and universities pertaining to American Muslims, diversity, and religious understanding. Holding an M.A. in Film Critical Studies from Chapman University she is a consultant and educator on the representation of the “Other” in Film & Television. She serves on the board of the Shura Council of Southern California.
is a Security Engineer living in the Inland Empire. He is married with three daughters who keep him quiet busy. He has spoken to youth throughout Southern California for over 25 years. He enjoys swimming with his daughters at their local pool hall and also volunteers as a chess coach.
Jeelanne is a certified speaker for the Muslim Speaker Network. She currently serves as the assistant principal of Shareef Academy and is also is the marketing director for Chino Valley Islamic Center. Jeelanne received her Civil Engineering degree from Alexandria University, Egypt and holds a California Multiple Subject and Special Education credentials from Chapman University. Jeelanne lives in Rancho Cucamonga with her husband, three boys and her cat Frank. Jeelanne enjoy water sports and Afghan food.
is originally from Mexico; she is married with four children and calls Garden Grove her home. She is an active community volunteer through various Orange County based organizations. She loves to travel, read, and play sports. She is also a huge car enthusiast.
Mutia 'Tia' Faisal
was previously an engineer for Motorola of nine years. She is married with two daughters and two cats and has called Rancho Cucamonga her home for over 15 years. She is currently an editor for a non-profit organization and a booster parent for her daughters marching band. She also loves yoga, Zumba, and golf.
Azeem Syed, PharmD
is a Pharmacy Supervisor with Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, where he lives with his wife and two children. He grew up in SoCal and attended both undergraduate and graduate schools in the area. He has spoken at different venues from Mosques to universities on various topics. He was blessed to further his Islamic studies abroad and now serves in a capacity of religious direction locally, most actively being involved as a board member of the Islamic Shura Council and a Strategic Planning Committee member at the Institute of Knowledge. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling and playing basketball.
Tahir Aziz, PhD.
is a Professor at Long Beach City College. He specializes in Computer Science & Information Technology and has taught to over 10,000 students. He has given presentations in public schools, colleges, universities, and conferences to all ages. In his free time he loves scuba diving, skiing, skydiving, and hiking.
grew up in the Midwestern state of Indiana, completed high school and college in New Jersey, and later moved to Orange County, California where he now lives with his wife and three children. He volunteers as a youth mentor and career counselor. He enjoys bike riding, cooking, gardening, and caring for animals. His pets include rabbits, chickens, ducks, a parrot, frogs, turtles, and possibly the world’s longest surviving goldfish.
is a native Californian. She lives in Hawthorne and works as Health Educator. During non-working hours, she attends El Camino College to work towards a second career in nursing. She is passionate about nutrition and wellness and she is driven to inspire others to take better care of their health. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, Muay Thai, photography, volunteering, reading, and cooking.
is an Entrepreneur living in Encino. She is married with two children and has appeared as a guest speaker in her daughter’s school for the last eight years. She has a passion for inspiring positive social change in her locale through community empowerment. She loves to spend quality time with her family and loves to travel.