National Committee

Sherina Ebrahim, Chairman

Sherina Ebrahim is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where she works primarily with consumer goods and healthcare clients across a range of strategic and operational topics. She brings extensive experience in strategy, organization design and transformation, as well as a multitude of commercial topics.

Sherina has also served extensively within the Ismaili community, including as member of the National Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board.

Sherina received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Zahid Rahimtoola, Vice Chairman

Zahid Rahimtoola is Chief Financial Officer of IPVALUE Management, an intellectual property licensing company. Based in California, Zahid has overseen worldwide financial operations for the company since 2004.

Zahid has worked at two business incubators where he built and led the finance and administrative functions. Prior to moving into the private sector, Zahid was Senior Manager with Ernst & Young in New York working with Fortune 500 companies, insurance companies, hedge funds and other investment firms.

Zahid has been an avid volunteer from his early days in India and most recently served for six years as the Chairman of the Grants & Review Board (financial oversight body) of the Ismaili community in the United States. In his community of Palo Alto, California, Zahid has been treasurer in multiple local nonprofits that focus on early childhood education and youth development activities.

Zahid qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in London and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Accounting from University of Mumbai in India.

Ali Aljundi, Member

Ali Ajundi currently works as a Syria Projects and Advocacy Officer at Oxfam America, where he contributes to the organization’s advocacy work about the ongoing Syrian humanitarian crisis and networking with Syrian diaspora organizations in the United States. Ali has participated in many panel discussions and events about the crisis including at Harvard University, MIT, UMASS Boston, Tufts University, Microsoft and more.

Before leaving Syria in 2012, Ali was a Senior Career Development Coordinator at United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA). Ali previously worked as a Marketing Development Officer at the Aga Khan Foundation in Syria on rural development and women empowerment from 2005 to 2010. Ali also contributed to founding a local NGO called Salamieh Friends Association (SFA) in his hometown Salamieh and served as the Development Coordinator from 2006 to 2012. His volunteer-based work at SFA focused on enhancing the alternative eco-tourism sector and empowering local marginalized communities. Ali has also worked in the private sector, specifically in Syria’s textile industry for over ten years.

Ali holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Damascus University.

Dr. Barkat Fazal, Member

Dr. Barkat Fazal, is the President of the Ismaili National Council U.S.A. Dr. Fazal has a long, distinguished history of institutional leadership within the Ismaili community, serving as as Vice President of the Ismaili Council for USA, Vice Chairman of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance USA and President of the Ismaili Council for Northeastern U.S.A. He was a member of the Advisory Committee of Chautauqua Institution’s Abrahamic Program, which endeavors to teach and build relationships among Jews, Christians and Muslims.

As a medical doctor specializing in infectious diseases, Dr. Fazal has over 20 years of experience working with HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases. In early 2012, Dr. Fazal relocated to Houston and joined a private practice group in Infectious Diseases, working with several area hospitals. Prior to that, Dr. Fazal was an attending physician and Chairman of Infection Control Committee at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

He received his medical degree from Kakatiya University in India, and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Wilson Memorial Hospital in upstate New York. He has a Master’s degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Fazal is actively involved in recording research and promoting publications and has authored several articles in medical journals on topics related to infectious diseases.  

Farida Khemani, Member

Farida Khemani brings over 20 years of small business experience and community engagement to Aga Khan Foundation USA’s National Committee.

Currently, she is President of Dallas-based All Color Badge & Awards, a promotional products & printing company-serving customers nationwide. Leading the company for over 20 years, Farida manages daily operations and oversees growth initiatives for the business. She also spent a few years with American Airlines in the Reservations division.

Farida has held various leadership positions in the Ismaili community, largely with the Aga Khan Foundation and her local Boy Scouts troop. With the AKF, she served for four years as Volunteer Committee Vice Chairperson and two Years as Chairperson for the Central U.S. region, where she increased net funds raised by 15% annually. Farida has acted as Committee Chairperson for the Boy Scouts, Committee Chairperson for the Cub Scouts, and Cub Master throughout her 12 year tenure with Troop 758, where she taught leadership and organizational skills to scouts and parents pursuing the rank of Eagle Scout.

Farida holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Karachi.

Mahmood Khimji, Member

Mahmood Khimji is a Founding Principal of Highgate, a real estate investment and hospitality management company. Highgate targets investments in a broad range of real estate assets, with a primary focus on the hospitality sector.

Mahmood previously served on the Board of Directors of MeriStar Hospitality Corporation, Interstate Hotels, and Morgans Hotel Group and practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Mahmood attended the University of British Columbia, graduated from the University of Houston, and Columbia Law School. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors for Columbia Law School and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

Shaiza Damji Nurani, Member

Shaiza Damji Nurani is a Principal and Managing Director of 360 Degree Hotel Group, headquartered outside of Seattle, Washington. She previously worked as an Associate Attorney at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York.

She serves on the Board of Trustees of University of Washington – Northwest Hospital and Medical Center and is Board Member Emeritus of the Institute of Flight. She is a former chairperson of the Washington Lodging Association and currently serves on Marriott’s Franchisee Advisory Council. She has served as a Member for Communications & Publications for the Ismaili Council for the United States and as a Member for Scholarships for the Aga Khan Education Board for USA. She was an International Development Management Fellow of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada for one year, placed with an NGO in Gujarat, India.

Shaiza holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Yale University and a JD degree from Harvard Law School. She lives in Bellevue, Washington, with her husband and two sons.

Aleem Remtula, Member

Aleem Remtula brings over 15 years of experience in impact investing with socially-responsible, venture capital and private equity funds in the U.S. and Europe. He is currently, a Managing Director at Developing World Markets, a U.S.-based impact investment manager that has disbursed over $1.3 billion across 50 emerging and frontier markets countries.

Aleem manages the firm’s private equity investments across South and Central Asia, the Caucasus, and East and South Africa and is a board member of four financial institutions serving low-income entrepreneurs and SMEs in India and Georgia. Aleem has held positions at J.P. Morgan, UBS, Bridges Ventures and the New York City Investment Fund. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Princeton University, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Nageeb Sumar, Member

Nageeb Sumar has over fifteen years of experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. He currently serves as Deputy Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he oversees the foundation’s work on policy, systems and innovation in philanthropy.

Nageeb previously worked on the Gates Foundation’s government relations team,helping to partner with the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and Korea. Nageeb has also worked as an associate at law firms in DC focusing on international finance transactions, and at Oxfam America on microfinance and market access issues.

Nageeb holds a law degree from McGill Law School, a Master’s Degree in International Finance from Queen’s University School of Business, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Urban & Regional Planning from Cornell University.

The National Committee is governed by the Board of Directors.

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