Announcing our 2017 Summer Associates

In May, SILA announced the Summer Associate Program, which is an immersive experience in working for a boutique start-up consulting firm. Each Associate is given weekly mentoring sessions, goes through an individualized coaching program for their professional goals, works with an external SILA client to introduce them to consulting work, and develops an internal project to help expand SILA's internal operations.

We had an overwhelming response with many well-qualified candidates interested in the program and are excited to have three Associates join the SILA team this summer. We are very pleased to announce our 2017 Summer Associates!

From left to right: Hafsah Lakhany, Zawar Jafri, and Ahmed Abdelgany.

From left to right: Hafsah Lakhany, Zawar Jafri, and Ahmed Abdelgany.

Hafsah Lakhany

Hafsah Lakhany is devoted to strategically adding value to organizations to optimize the scope of their operations in order to maximize community impact. She launched her career with an organization by the name of Help for Brain Injured Children Inc. where she succeeded in obtaining grants from Edison International, for a fully functioning mobile computer lab  customized to the unique needs of  students with multiple disabilities.

She serves as a Team Leader of Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations where she provides pro-bono business consulting services to non-profit clients by pinpointing opportunities and providing strategic insights to optimize their community impact.  Her most memorable clients included Project Independence, who she worked with to generate a Data Repository, Donor Relations, and Social Media Marketing Model, as well as the Red Hibiscus Foundation where she streamlined the fundraising efforts and automated the recruitment optimization process. In addition, she had the privilege of providing consulting services to startup SeeJaneGo, for whom she offered strategic solutions for forming organizational partnerships, strengthening cross-side network effects, and optimizing profitability of tiered revenue models.

Zawar Jafri

Zawar Jafri was born and raised in Southern California and worked with a variety of youth leadership and inter-community engagement organizations from a young age like the Bridging Communities program of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2015 with a degree in Political Science and an emphasis on American Government and Racial and Ethnic Politics. In college, Zawar played an active role in several on and off campus student organizations, in student government, and as an undergraduate assistant for the Journal on Islamic and Near Eastern Law (JINEL). He is currently a graduate student of theology at Harvard University.

Zawar has been passionate about media his whole life and in his spare time enjoys writing and directing short videos in addition to writing and performing music. He has begun substantive research into the portrayal of Arabs, South Asians, and Muslims in popular culture.

Ahmed Abdelgany

Ahmed grew up in Southern California working with Muslim nonprofits since he was in middle school. Ahmed recently graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor's in Science in Computer Science and Business. While in college, Ahmed was invested in building Muslim Student Association West (MSA West), a grassroots organization comprised of Muslim Student Associations representing campuses across the West Coast of the United States. He formerly served as its president and currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Ahmed initiated MSA West's transformation from a volunteer student organization to a staff based nonprofit and developed a new vision for the organization.

Ahmed also spends his weekends as a facilitator of a number of youth programs including CAIR's political education program, Muslim Gamechangers Network. Ahmed has also served as an Business Technology Analyst Intern at Deloitte Consulting and a Software Development Engineer Intern at Amazon. In September, Ahmed will be joining Deloitte as a business consultant.