Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Founder - Badr Malik

Founder, and a current board member of CAIR-CT. Realizing the situation of Muslims in Connecticut post 9/11, Badr founded CAIR-Connecticut in 2003. Since then, he has been a main support to CAIR-CT. His hard work and dedication have allowed CAIR-CT to successfully fight for civil rights and other issues for the Muslim residents of CT and sometimes RI and MA. He has also organized several interfaith dialogs and events in an effort to increase awareness of Islam and to tear down stereotypes that have become especially prominent since 9-11. Badr was born in Karachi, Pakistan. He came to United States to earn his degree in Nuclear Engineering. He graduated from University of Buffalo, NY in 1978. He has worked at numerous Commercial Nuclear Power Plants in the US as a Nuclear Engineer. Most recently, he worked at the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant in Waterford, CT. Badr lives in Old Lyme CT with his wife Sajda and four children Rabia, Madiha, Tanya and Bilal. He has been an active member of the Islamic Center of New London (ICNL) for the past 15 years.

Chairman - Farhan Memon

Farhan Memon has been an active in Muslim communities in California, New York and Connecticut for more than 20 years. He is a co-founder of both the Bay Area Association of Muslim Lawyers (BAAML) as well as the Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY). Farhan is a board member of the Al Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk and in that capacity organized the mosque’s lawsuit against the City of Norwalk which resulted in a $2 million settlement. A former journalist (ABC News, New York Post, Tech TV) and Silicon Valley entrepreneur (Yack!, WikiOrgCharts), he currently works for JP Morgan Chase as an Internet security executive. Farhan has a BA in International Relations from the University of Toronto and a Law Degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He lives with his wife and three children in Norwalk.

Board Member - Colleen Keyes

Dr. Colleen Keyes is an educator with both faculty and senior management experience in higher education. Dr. Keyes began her teaching career in the public schools of New Haven where she earned tenure as full-time faculty in Spanish and English as a Second Language before moving into higher education. She also served as adjunct faculty at Yale’s English Language Institute and at Gateway Community College. She then joined the English faculty at the Al Ain University, UAE. After returning to CT, Dr. Keyes joined the faculty of Tunxis Community College, where she earned tenure and the rank of Associate Professor of Spanish and English and chaired the Humanities Department, before being appointed Dean of Academic Affairs over a period of fifteen years. Under President Hamza Yusuf, Dr. Keyes served as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Zaytuna College, Berkeley, California, where she led Zaytuna to its initial accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2015. Having fulfilled her goals for Zaytuna, Dr. Keyes returned to CT where she currently teaches English at Tunxis Community College. In addition to serving on the board of directors of CAIR-CT, she serves on the boards of the Muslim Coalition of CT, and the Institute of Muslim Mental Health, and works with the Refugee Volunteer Network. She has been engaged in human rights and social justice struggles for 4 decades and has been an activist for Palestinian human and political rights since 1987. Dr. Keyes earned her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Clark University, an M.A. in Second Language and Multicultural Education from Fairfield University, and an M.A. in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations from the Hartford Seminary. Her Ph.D. in Arab/Islamic Studies was conferred by the University of Exeter in a joint program with Hartford Seminary. Dr. Keyes reverted to Islam in 1989. She has two adult sons and is married to Chaplain Bilal Ansari.

Board Member - Fahd Syed

Fahd is a Correctional Captain for the State of Connecticut Department of Correction, with 17 years’ experience. Fahd was born in Danbury, CT, and has lived in Waterbury since childhood; he has an Associate Degree in Science, with a major in Criminal Justice. He is engaged in local interfaith educational initiatives with a focus on Islamophobia, peace, unity and justice. Fahd has met with politicians and addressed concerns regarding the Muslim community. He has participated in interfaith dialogues at churches, mosques, and colleges. Fahd was the Vice President of the Muslim Student Association at Naugatuck Valley College; he also serves on committees such as the Muslim Leadership of Connecticut, Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, Muslim Voters, NAACP, CAIR-CT, and Naugatuck Valley Project. He was also appointed by elected officials as a Commissioner with the Commission on Human Rights in Waterbury and even participated in attempting to become an elected official. He also help established some of the largest social justice rallies across Connecticut. Fahd has been married to his wife Zainab Salem, whom he met in Yemen, for 13 years. They have four children Dailya, Farooq, Abdullah, and Sumaya.

Board Member - Madiha Malik

Madiha Malik is an Associate at Murtha Cullina LLP in New Haven. She represents a wide range of clients on issues related to health care and employment law. Madiha earned her B.A. from the George Washington University where she received degrees in Journalism and International Affairs. Before attending law school, Madiha worked for a financial services law firm in Washington, D.C. Madiha earned her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Madiha serves on the Executive Committee for the Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. Madiha is passionate about community service and serves as a Youth Mentor for the Klingberg Family Centers and a Law Student Mentor for the Lawyer’s Collaborative for Diversity.