Meet our Board Members, made up of recognized leaders across many areas of expertise. They represent the broad diversity of our membership and contribute significant amounts of time, talent, and energy to further the mission of our organization.
Originally from Huffman, Texas, Mr. Nomaan K. Husain is the founder of Husain Law + Associates, PC. Mr. Husain maintains a diverse practice and has represented clients ranging from foreign governments in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, to small business owners and individuals in personal injury cases in the U.S. and abroad. He leads the practice with the belief that every client should be aggressively represented with due diligence to maximize each client’s recovery.
Mr. Husain is Board Certified in Personal Injury Litigation by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is licensed to practice in Texas, New York, District of Columbia, and is a licensed solicitor for England and Wales. He is also licensed to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Federal Court for the Northern, Southern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas, the Texas Supreme Court, and the New York Court of Appeals. Mr. Husain is a Certified Mediator and has successfully represented clients in both State and Federal Courts.
In 2017, Mr. Husain was selected as a Super Lawyer, a recognition bestowed on less than 5% of all lawyers in the State of Texas.
He is currently the chairman of the Ethics Commission for the City of Houston and the chairman of the South Asian Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the International Bar Association and the London Court of International Arbitration. He is also a member of the Multi-million dollar advocates’ forum and the U.S. Justice Department’s Community Liaison Committee and has served as a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Panel and the College of the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Husain has also served as the Vice President of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association and was a former commissioner for the Building and Standards Commission for the City of Houston.
Mr. Husain graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Political Science (1995) and the South Texas College of Law (J.D., 1998). Before Husain Law + Associates, PC, he was the Articles and Notes Editor of International Trade Law Journal and clerked for the Honorable Scott Link.
Mr. Hassan is Co-Founder & Managing Partner at MarketSpace Capital, a private equity commercial real estate fund where he leads and manages the operational aspects of the firm. In addition to being charged with implementing the overall strategic direction of the company, he is also responsible for managing investor relations.
Before joining MarketSpace Capital, Mr. Hassan acquired and successfully exited several business ventures related to engineering and technology. His most recent achievements include success as an entrepreneur in the emerging renewable energy sector having founded and sold two startups related to this space. Prior to this Mr. Hassan was Director of U.S. Operations for the Apex Group of Companies, a global consortium of companies with a focus on providing services to the public sector. Additionally, through his work in Political Fundraising for the Obama for America Campaign out of the national headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, he has developed extensive experience in building systems and processes to properly manage large organizations.
Sohail has a B.A. Degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s Degree from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and sits on the board of various non-profit organizations, currently serving as the President of the South Asian Chamber of Commerce (SACC) in Houston, Texas.
Sangeeta Dua is a visionary business entrepreneur, educator, social worker, philanthropist, political activist and a TV talk show host. She is the founder-proprietor of TV Houston, an Internet TV channel catering to the Greater Houston metro area in the state of Texas. She hosts “Diversity Talk Show” on TV Houston, a popular talk show that builds bridges between various communities, and features a broad roster of decision makers from the corporate and political arena. Earlier, she produced and directed powerful documentaries under Dua TV USA, a media company she started in 2012, now serving a variety of business clients in media services and public affairs.
Mesum Ali is a General Partner at Elevation Capital, an early stage venture capital firm that uses a unique approach to fund companies. Unlike most firms that just write checks, Elevation provides both the capital and teams to help turn ideas into a business. Previously, Mesum started a Micro Finance firm in Saudi Arabia and graduated from the University of Houston with a Masters in Finance.
Mr. Hamza Ali is CEO of Yasons, Inc. an asset management company focusing primarily on commercial real estate. With 10 years of international real estate investment experience acquired through hard work, perseverance and a natural talent for finding and creating excellent investments, Mr. Ali took great risks in moving to Houston but this risk, like many others, proved to reap excellent returns on both a personal and financial level.
Mr. Ali and his trusted team develop and manage a variety of spaces mainly multi-family and light industrial real estate. Yasons Inc.’s collective expertise in development in the industry has helped the company complete and lease projects in record time guaranteeing excellent returns for investors.
Mr. Ali’s hard work, discipline, passion, consistency and integrity guarantee that every project he invests in creates value for his clients.
Financial center officer at PurePoint. As a FCO, Farzana helps consumers make smart decisions to build a strong financial future by leveraging higher rates. Apart from that, her passion is to help people. During her free time, she serves on the board of many charitable organizations and also serves as a board member for the South Asian Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Noreen Khan Mayberry
Dr. Noreen Khan-Mayberry is a professional Toxicologist and Medical Scientist, with 20 years of professional experience working in the fields of petrochemical, microbiological, chemistry and toxicology. NKM Consulting is a HUB certified small business which includes NKM Environmental Health Sciences and Dr. Noreen, The Tox Doc. Dr. Noreen has specialized experience in Environmental contaminants and their impact on human health, air, water and ground quality. Dr. Noreen also served as the first female NASA Space Toxicologist, one of only 7 Space Toxicologists in the world, she worked with her colleagues to ensure that chemical contaminants in Space vehicles and Space habitats do not affect the health of astronaut crews during spaceflight operations.
Dr. Noreen has authored a number of research articles, serves on several editorial boards of international peer-reviewed journals and has received a number awards including being honored as a trailblazer in science and a global leader. She is passionate about empowering people to improve their overall health as well as leadership for women.
Le Jardin de Nicole – Nicole’s Garden Foundation is a nonprofit, member and sponsor supported, organization dedicated to bringing alternative gardens to areas with limited or no green space. Many people have no access to green space or nutrient rich soil to grow healthy food. Nicole’s Garden brings a variety of alternative gardens to areas of the world where where traditional gardening is not an option. By utilizing green technology and basic gardening techniques, various types of alternative gardens can be created.
Through her work as a public speaker and technical expert, she is routinely featured on television and talk radio as a guest expert and has spoken internationally. Your company can book Dr. Noreen for Television, Radio, Keynote Speaking engagements, team building, training in leadership and media messaging for highly technical scientific and medical data.
Maliha founded Got Boobs in 2016 while undergoing breast cancer chemotherapy treatment. Throughout 2017, she developed a social media networking platform which provides a comprehensive solution to the emotional rollercoaster that accompanies a breast cancer diagnosis. The Got Boobs? platform is set to launch Summer 2018.
Maliha is also Managing Member of Mian & Associates Law Firm PLLC. She expanded her law practice in 2017 to provide legal counseling for companies and individuals in the following legal practice areas: immigration, business, procurement, and family matters. Prior to this, Maliha served as General Counsel & Director of EB-5 Regional Center for MEDITEX CAPITAL where she led the in-house legal department, managed litigation, and collaborated with litigators. Additionally, she has experience handling immigration matters from visas to family-based, employment-based petitions for lawful permanent resident status to naturalization. Maliha has a proven track record in helping small businesses secure government projects and has raised millions of dollars for local projects.
Omar Khawaja, J.D. is a licensed attorney currently working at the law firm of Young & Husain, P.L.L.C. where his practice is focused on representing plaintiffs in auto accidents, truck accidents, wrongful death, and general civil litigation.
He completed his undergraduate degree in Management at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona and received his J.D. from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Prior to practicing as a civil attorney, Omar served as an Assistant District Attorney in Fort Bend County and Midland county, Texas, where he tried dozens of jury trials to a verdict on behalf of the State of Texas. Before law school, Omar worked as a legislative aide to a Member of Congress. Omar has served on the Board of numerous non-profits throughout his career.
Shenila Naseem is a native Houstonian, born and raised and has seen Houston and the surrounding areas develop and grow. She grew up in the Memorial area, went to Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart and graduated from University of Houston. She is known for her positive attitude, attention to detail, integrity and responsive nature. She is committed to her clients and her priority is to serve. Shenila is very active in the community with philanthropy work. She has volunteered her time and has served on numerous non-profit boards for over 30 years .. She is an active member of the Parents Association of her alma mater, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart and she serves on Board of the Shifa USA Women’s center . She is a member of the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), the Texas Association of Realtor (TAR) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). She believes one of the best aspects to her work is meeting new people, discovering new neighborhoods,and helping others to see the beauty in all that Houston has to offer. Family is important to Shenila, and home is where the family gathers, getting the right home is such an important choice and having the right agent makes that journey and choice much easier.
Malik Jamal (SACC President) is the Director of Marketing and Sales for Discount Power. Malik holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Houston and an MBA from Rice University. He has worked in the retail energy industry for over 10 years.
Previously, he has worked for Tara Energy and Just Energy (after it acquired Tara Energy in 2011) and marketed its multiple brands across North America. He has prior experience in customer service and call center management. He also serves on the board for Nizari Progressive Federal Credit Union and also heads up the Ismaili Professionals Network for the Southwestern United States.
Maryum Khan is Vice President of Commercial Loans and Portfolio management at Wells Fargo Bank.
Her career has mostly been working with the Top Fortune 500 companies and has over 10 years of business banking experience managing portfolios of high affluent clients.She has been inspired in Sales by some of the best from Dale Carnegie,Tom Hopkins,Tom Peters and others.Maryum is very passionate about giving back to the community and is an active member of many Nonprofit boards and Chambers such as SCORE, South Asian Chamber of Commerce, Citizenship Month Committees, Asian Family Services, SAYWE, KIPP Houston, The Citizens Foundation LA, Women’s Chamber of Commerce Galleria. She resides in Sugar Land with her son and two beautiful kittens, Sugar and Snowball.
Khuram Virani is a UH Alumni with a background in Broadcast Journalism and Advertising. Khuram decided to go the marketing route when he joined the Energy Industry with Tara Energy in 2007. He then made his way into the Ad Agency world and also headed to Silicon Valley to establish an e-commerce marketplace as the Head of Marketing. Khuram eventually made his way back into Energy in 2012 to lead and develop sales & marketing channels in markets throughout North America for Just Energy.