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The Markaz Advisory Board promotes and supports the work of the center. This includes advising on the overall direction of the Markaz, advocating for needed student services, and helping to sustain the future of the Markaz. The Board is composed of students, staff, alumni and faculty. It interacts with, and serves as an ambassador to, stakeholders across and outside the University as necessary. The Board is advisory in nature and does not have decision-making authority.

View the Markaz Advisory Board Charter 


  • Subhan Ali, MS '09, PhD '14
  • Imran Maskatia, '97, MS '98
  • Firas Abuzaid, '13, MS '15, PhD '22


  • Alexander Key, Associate Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature
  • Shirin Sinnar, JD ’03, William H. and Gertrude H. Saunders Professor of Law


  • Natalie Jabbar, '09, MA '10, Associate Director of Stanford University's Public Humanities Initiative.

Markaz Staff

  • Abiya Ahmed, PhD ’21, Director of the Markaz and Associate Dean of Students
  • Cassie Garcia, Associate Director of the Markaz