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Board of directors


Akbar Poonawala, Chairman of the Board

CO-FOUNDER, PIVOT INVESTMENT PARTNERS LLC

Prior to co-founding Pivot Investment Partners, Mr. Poonawala was Managing Director and Regional Head for the Americas of Deutsche Bank Global Transaction Banking and led the growth of this business to over $1 billion of revenues in cash management, Trade Finance, and Trust & Securities Services. He shares deep experience in markets where information, technology and scalable processes are critical drivers of success.

Mr. Poonawala is a Chartered Financial Analyst with an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business, an MBA in Marketing, and an undergraduate degree in Advanced Accounting from Poona University in India. Mr. Poonawala serves as the Chairman for the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for United States (AKEPB) and assumed his role as Chairman of the Chamber Board in July 2015.

Akbar Poonawala on LinkedIn


Rahil Jafry, Board Member

CEO & PRESIDENT, RUSHMORE ENERGY

Mr. Jafry is the President & CEO of Rushmore Energy. He previously worked at UBS and Enron in Houston, New York, and London. Immediately prior to founding Rushmore Energy, Mr. Jafry helped launch and grow Tara Energy into one of the largest independent retail electricity providers in Texas, before it was acquired in 2011.

Mr. Jafry has a BA in Economics and an MS in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, and has completed coursework at the London Business School and at the Harvard Kennedy School. Rahil joined the Chamber Board in 2014, and also serves on the Boards of YPO's Deal Network and the Global Diplomacy & Public Policy Network.

Rahil Jafry on LinkedIn


Hakim Merchant, Board Member

PRESIDENT, GLOBAL VENTURE

Mr. Merchant is the Founder & CEO of Global Venture, established more than a quarter century ago. The RFid division was a pioneer and now a leader in deploying this technology in security, aviation, access control, logistics, etc. The label division services national and multinational companies in aviation, healthcare, apparel, retail, agriculture, etc. The company has also diversified in real estate, international trade and manufacturing of pressure sensitive paper and film.

Initially a Founding Member, Mr. Merchant joined the Chamber Board in 2014.

 Hakim Merchant on LinkedIn 


Salman Bhojani, Board Member

MANAGING PARTNER AT BHOJANI & NELSON, PLLC

Mr. Bhojani is the Managing Partner at Bhojani & Nelson, PLLC, a full-service corporate law firm and a title company. Prior to founding his law firm, Salman practiced real estate and corporate law at an international corporate law firm called Haynes and Boone, LLP. Salman has a Juris Doctor from SMU, a BS in Busi. Admin. from Univ. of Texas, and a Comparative Law diploma from the Oxford University. In addition to being a lawyer, Salman is an astute entrepreneur and over the past 15 years, has owned and operated several successful business ventures in industries such as real estate, retail, and convenience and fuel.


Amyn Alidina, Board Member

FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF CROWN GLOBAL INVESTMENTS

Mr. Amyn Alidina is the Founder and President of Crown Global Investments, a national leader in the travel and hospitality industry. Through his vision and passion for excellence, he has transformed Crown Global Investments into a nationally recognized and respected firm. Mr. Alidina is a seasoned entrepreneur with expertise and portfolios ranging from real estate, telecommunications, manufacturing, and hospitality. Amyn holds a MBA in Actuarial Science from Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Amyn was the Chairman for the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for the Southeast USA. He is also a founding member of the American Ismaili Chamber of Commerce.



Abid Hassan, Board Member

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER/INVESTOR AT REGENT GROUP

Mr. Hassan is a commercial real estate investor and developer with Regent Group,  and is also a developer for gasoline wholesalers and retailers with the 7-Eleven franchise in addition to providing Property & Casualty insurance. Mr. Hassan received his BBA in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In his free time, Mr. Hassan volunteers with the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board. He is also a founding member of the American Ismaili Chamber of Commerce and serves on the DGIC Board Of Directors.

Abid Hassan on LinkedIn



Tajddin Momin, Board Member

TAZZ ENTERPRISE - REAL ESTATE - INVESTMENTS - TECHNOLOGY

Mr. Tajddin Momin is an entrepreneur based in Houston who owns and operates Oasis, a successful chain of convenience stores. His professional experience includes retail operations, hospitality, as well as real estate. In prior years, Mr. Momin served as the president and director of the Greater Houston Retailers’ Association (GHRA). In his free time, he volunteers as a resource mobilization officer.





Sabreena Hakemy, Board Member 

VICE CHAIRMAN & DIRECTOR SPECTRA BANK

Sabreena is the Vice Chairman & Director of Spectra Bank, a community bank in Dallas, Tx. 

She is the President of Next Gen USA Marketing & Management, LLC a brand promotion & marketing company and the President of Next Gen USA Merchant Services, a company that facilitates credit card processing solutions for small to mid sized retailers. 

Prior to this Sabreena was in Dubai, UAE from 2014-2016 constructing  and selling Residential Real Estate.  She formerly worked with Delta Airlines, as a Marketing Director for 6 years, where she helped create marketing strategies for International Routes, trained and managed Sales teams and was Delta Reserve Officer on the Emergency Response Team for North America. 

Currently, Sabreena is the Business Services Member on the National Economic Planning Board, USA  and also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Ismaili Chamber of Commerce. 


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