Mr. Aizat Shamsuddin is founder and country director of Komuniti Muslim Universal (KMU) since 2015, fellow at Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Germany in 2017, and an economic and political analyst at Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism, Malaysia since 2017. With Sharia & Law background from Islamic Science University of Malaysia, he is one of few dynamic and outspoken youth advocates and defenders for universal human rights, social justice, good governance and peacebuilding in Southeast Asia. He has contributed notably through advocacy trainings, high-level consultations and writings in his areas of interest; freedom of religion and belief (FORB) and prevention and counter violent extremism (P/CVE) with multi-stakeholders including the humanitarian groups, UK Government, UNAOC, OHCHR and UN HABITAT. Mr. Shamsuddin is now the Chair for Alliance of Inclusive Muslims.
Ms. Fenna ten Berge is a Dutch researcher, translator and textwriter who converted to Islam in 2012, just before receiving her MA in Gender and Identity in the Middle East from the University of Exeter. Ms. ten Berge continued her Islamic studies in various institutions, focusing on sociocultural gender patterns within Muslim societies, in order to contribute to a society where everyone can fully benefit from the presence of women and femininity in the public sphere. She exposes and combats Islamophobia and Muslim Discrimination in contemporary Dutch society.
Her work has always been driven by her passion for human rights and dignity, within organisations such as War Child and the Dutch Refugee Council.
As an advocate for social justice, she founded the Dutch chapter of Muslims for Progressive Values, MPV Nederland in 2016. She concentrates on advocacy activities and developing academic materials and reports on contemporary issues pertaining to Muslims. Ms. ten Berge now holds the Vice-Chair position for Alliance of Inclusive Muslims.
Ms. Supna Zaidi is founder and executive director of the Council for Democracy and Tolerance (CDT), a non-partisan, international community-building organization that uses diverse media content to counter growing threats from extremist ideology by fostering pluralism and tolerance. Ms. Zaidi also consults as a Strategic Policy Analyst at the Counter Extremism Project, an international policy organization that combats extremist ideology. Her article, “The Emerging ISIS Front In Bangladesh” in April of 2016 anticipated the Dhaka attack on Holey Artisan Bakery.
Ms. Zaidi specializes in the roots of extremism, foreign policy, human rights,
immigration, and international development issues. Ms. Zaidi has a law degree from New York Law School (2003); and double-majored in Political Theory and History of the Near East (Ottoman History), with a minor in Religious Studies. Ms. Zaid has written extensively on foreign policy, human rights, and religion.
Ms. Zaidi is on the advisory board of the Muslim American Leadership Alliance and is the Secretary for Alliance of Inclusive Muslims.
Mr. Elie Bukuru, President, Founder, and Legal Representative of AICNDH, is a leader in the Muslim community in Burundi. Mr. Bukuru was born in Nyagatovu in 1984. After college, he went to study Islamic Studies at the Islamic Institute of Mombasa. At that time, he became aware of harmful interpretations of sacred texts. In 2012, upon returning from Mombasa, Mr. Bukuru did a six-month training on Islamic Thought at the Islamic Cultural Center in Kigali.
Through AICNDH, he engages in promoting human rights, especially Muslim women’s rights, citizen participation, and humanitarian development. As a #ImamsForShe Champion, he was a keynote speaker in conferences on Freedom of Religion and Sexuality at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mr. Bukuru holds a graduate degree in Mathematical Physics from the Normal Superior School of Burundi (ENS). As a student, Imam Khalfan founded and led the Association of Muslim Students of Normal School (AEMENS). He also served as Executive Secretary for Muslim Students of the East African Community. Currently he is the Deputy Secretary of Alliance of Inclusive Muslims.
Ms. Ani Zonneveld is Founder and President of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a faith-based, grassroots, international human rights organization that embodies and advocates for the traditional Qur’anic values of social justice and equality for all. Ms. Zonneveld has presided over MPV’s expansion to include chapters and affiliates in 12 countries and 19 cities. She is the co-editor of MPV’s first book “Progressive Muslim Identities – Personal Stories from the U.S. and Canada”; and has contributed to many forewords and to numerous anthologies, and is a contributor for HuffingtonPost, Open Democracy and al-Jazeera, and is the subject of a documentary title “al-imam” featuring Ani’s activism works. As an award-winning songwriter, Ms. Zonneveld utilizes the power of music and the arts in countering radicalism as she speaks-sings her message of social justice and peace from a progressive Muslim woman’s perspective, and is the first woman to release an English Islamic pop album in the U.S. in 2004.
Ms. Zonneveld has spearheaded the founding of the Alliance of Inclusive Muslims and now serves as its Treasurer.
Mr. Frej Fenniche was, until recently, the Chief of Asia, Pacific, Middle East and North Africa Branch (APMENAB) at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, based in Geneva. He started working with the UN in 1997 as the Head of the OHCHR Country Office in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2001, he was appointed Senior Human Rights Officer in charge of the coordination with NGOs in the context of the World Conference Against Racism (Durban, September 2001). From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Fenniche was Chief of the Middle East and North Africa Section (MENA). He also served in the field as Regional Representative in the Arab Region, based in Beirut (2004-2006), and Regional Representative for Africa, based in Addis Ababa (2007-2010). From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Fenniche was appointed again as the Chief of MENA Section in Geneva. Prior to joining the United Nations, he was the Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Human Rights (Tunis, 1989-1996) and he was working as a junior researcher with the League of Arabs States (1984-1989).
Mr. Fenniche holds a Master’s degree from Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l’information, Tunis University and a First degree from Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Tunis University. In addition, between 1993 and 1995, he attended courses in political science at the Faculty of Law at Tunis University.
Mr. Fenniche is now an Independent Advisor to the Alliance of Inclusive Muslims board.