Hamaas Ibrahim

Hamaas joined the board in January 2018, and has been involved with UMMA since its inception in 2004. A GED graduate himself, his professional success excites and empowers UMMA's students, who are working to build their own careers. As an experienced plumber (Local 130) and training instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry, Hamaas is focused on building UMMA's connections with the local community, the trades and local businesses. Skilled in event planning, customer service, coaching, retail, and supervisory skills, Hamaas brings a strong human resources background with industrial training focused on trade, and Industrial Teacher Education from Washtenaw Community College. 

Hamaas Ibrahim is the ideal person for leading UMMA into its next phase of growth because of his credentials, background in the community, and passion for UMMA’s mission.

Board President

Ashfaq Mohiuddin

Ashfaq Mohiuddin is the founding Director of the UMMA Center. Ashfaq was UMMA's previous Executive Director and is now serving as a board member. He is also Executive Head of GTM Analytics, Insights, & Artificial Intelligence-Digital Media at Adobe. Ashfaq is passionate about education because he knows that is the key for people to succeed. The more education a person receives a better quality of life they will be able to provide for their family. That's why in 2004 he decided to open the doors of the UMMA Center in order to provide free GED classes for all those who need it. Little by little UMMA has been growing and the programs have expanded to a food pantry, several basic and advanced computer training, Spanish and English courses, as well as the CareerLink program that has helped hundreds of people obtain long-term jobs. Ashfaq has dedicated much of his life to empowering all low-income individuals in Lake County by providing educational support, career development, and social services all free of charge to the community.


Ayesha Ahmed

Ayesha Ahmed is a South Asian American Muslim and has lived in the Chicagoland area for the past 13 years. She has been involved with the UMMA Center since its inception and in 2015 and 2016 served as a UMMA Fundraising Gala Co-Chair. She stands behind the Center's mission to eradicate poverty in Lake County and is inspired by the students UMMA serves. Ayesha works as an attorney and has her Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from Case Western Reserve University and a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She resides in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and sons. 

Director of Development

Mohammed Zaffer Basith

Mohammed was born in Chicago and raised in Waukegan. He attended Waukegan High School for two years, and Warren Newport High School for his junior and senior year, graduating in 1999. He went to the College of Lake County and received an Associate Degree in Science and Language Arts. After completing his Associate’s, Mohammed attended University of Illinois at Chicago to complete a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Biology, with a minor in Chemistry. He is currently working at Cook County Hospital in the Pharmacy Department. Mohammed is a founding member of the UMMA Center. He resides a short distance away, in Morton Grove, with his family.


Waqas Sarwar

Waqas was born in Pakistan and spent much of his life in the U.S. in various cities.  He completed his B.S. in Finance in 2007 from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Since then, he has moved back to the Chicago area where he is currently working as a business analyst at HAVI Global Solutions. Waqas currently resides in Indian Head Park, IL with his bride Sana Jafri.


Wasif Khan, LLM

Wasif Ali Khan is an Illinois licensed healthcare and corporate attorney and has been practicing law since 2010.  Wasif received his B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Illinois.  Thereafter, he completed his J.D. and a Masters of Law (LLM) in Healthcare Law from DePaul University College of Law.  Wasif is a published author and writes frequently on healthcare related issues, with a focus on Accountable Care.  Wasif recently joined the Board after working closely with UMMA in a legal capacity, and in his own words, Wasif described his attraction to UMMA as “… A compelling desire to work with an organization whose efforts and results are a direct reflection of the passion and drive of its volunteers, staff, and board.”  Wasif resides in Des Plaines, IL with his wife Nada and their son Jibreel.

Legal Administration & Endowment

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