Executive Team

Hamza Yusuf President

Hamza Yusuf is president of Zaytuna College. He is an advisor to Stanford University’s Program in Islamic Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. In addition, he serves as vice-president for the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, which was founded and is currently presided over by Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, one of the top jurists and masters of Islamic sciences in the world.

Zaid Shakir Co-founder

Zaid Shakir is a senior faculty member at Zaytuna College. Known to the world as Imam Zaid, he speaks and writes on a wide range of topics and has become a voice of conscience for American Muslims as well as people of other faiths.

Dr. Mark Damien Delp Dean of Faculty

Dr. Mark Damien Delp is the Dean of Faculty at Zaytuna College and a lecturer in Logic and Philosophy. After having studied continental philosophy and existentialism as an undergraduate, he pursued primarily ancient and medieval topics, especially the metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas and Neoplatonism, in his graduate study.

Hatem Bazian Acting Provost

Dr. Hatem Bazian is a senior faculty member at Zaytuna College. He is also a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian is on the board of several organizations, including the Islamic Scholarship Fund and Muslim Americans for Palestine, for which he is also the founding president.


Board of Trustees

Dr. Hatem Bazian Berkeley, California

Please see Dr. Bazian’s biography above.

David Coolidge New York, New York

R. David Coolidge is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Previously, Coolidge was the Associate University Chaplain for the Muslim Community at Brown University and the Muslim Advisor at Dartmouth College. He received his B.A. in Religious Studies at Brown University and an M.A. in Religion at Princeton University.

Dilshad Dhanani Atlanta, Georgia

Dilshad Dhanani received her Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Houston and served as an accountant and consultant for 10 years in the energy sector. An active member of Georgia's Muslim community, she is involved in numerous volunteer organizations and efforts, including positions as the head volunteer coordinator for one of Atlanta’s most active mosques and as co-founder of a refugee aid program near Atlanta.

Dr. Suhail Obaji Memphis, Tennessee

Suhail Obaji is a co-founder of Family Cancer Center, a private medical practice with offices in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

Pervez Qureshi Pleasanton, California

Pervez Qureshi is Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He has held executive and technical roles at various technology companies, and, serves as the CEO and member of the board of directors of Saba.

Dr. Mubasher Rana San Ramon, California

Mubasher Rana is a physician and president of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America.

Syed Mubeen Saifullah San Ramon, California

Syed Mubeen Saifullah is Secretary of the Board of Trustees. He is also the director of customer relations and business development at Neustar, Inc.

Dr. Feryal Salem Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Feryal Salem is Assistant Professor of Islamic Scriptures and Law, Co-Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program, and Director of the Imam and Muslim Community Leadership Certificate Program at the Hartford Seminary.

Zaid Shakir Oakley, California

Please see Imam Zaid Shakir's biography above.

Dr. Aisha Subhani Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Aisha Subhani is a physician in emergency medicine and also manages the Deen Intensive and Rihla programs.

Hamza Yusuf San Ramon, California

Please see Hamza Yusuf's biography above.