Ayesha Akhtar, Curator

Ayesha is an artist. Her current project is called The Burqa Project in which she dresses men in burqas and photographs them in neighborhoods in NYC. During the day she works at Artstor Digital Library. She graduated from Kenyon College.

Jafar Ahmed, Accounts

Jafar Ahmed is a Bangladeshi-American who grew up in the Bronx. He is an official mentor at iMentor. Jafar holds a BS in Information System Engineering with a concentration in Business Management from Stony Brook University. He is currently working as the Assistant Vice President for Barclays Capital within their Investment Banking division based in New York City.

Nabil Rahman, Founder & Curator

Nabil is a freelance multimedia writer/artist/journalist based in New York. He has been involved in Bangladeshi youth oriented organizations since 2008. He is the founder/editor of the magazine Pineapple and Milk as well as a producer for the live radio show Where I’m From. He was introduced to Bangladeshi photography while working at Drik News in Dhaka and also while attending Chobi Mela VII.

Shajia Rahman, Development

Shajia Rahman is an educator. She has been involved in New York City’s public school system since 2008. Shajia is also the director of the Bangla School at Parkchester Library. She believes this exhibition will clarify many misconception that people have about Bangladesh and its people.

Thahitun Mariam, Outreach

Thahitun Mariam is a Bangladesh-American activist, humanitarian and avid traveller. In line with working as a diplomat in the future, she has travelled to twenty-one different countries and speaks six languages. She graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in International Relations, concentration on the Middle East and South Asia. Currently she is the co-founder of Zaitoon, a grassroots initiative to create understanding about the Middle East.

Advisory Board

Nadia Q. Ahmad is a writer, based in her hometown of Queens. She is currently Program Assistant at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and has contributed to AAWW’s Open City magazine. Nadia holds a bachelor’s degree in English from NYU, and is also a vocalist and an active board member of the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA).

Rakiba Kibria is a Freelance Brand Marketing and Fundraising Consultant for nonprofits, start ups, and entrepreneurs in NYC and around the country. She holds a dual degree in International Development and Economics from the American University in Washington DC.

Shama Rahman is a museums enthusiast who is passionate about creating access to cultural institutions for all audiences. She works as a Marketing Associate at the Guggenheim Museum and has previously interned at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Shama graduated from Smith College, where she studied Economics, Art History, and Museum Studies. She lives in Queens.

Nadeem Qazi Ahmad is a third year Economics student in the CUNY Macaulay Honors Program at City College, with a minor in Psychology. A performer and board member of the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA), and a student of instrumental music at LaGuardia Arts High School, Nadeem plays the tabla, guitar, and upright bass. He is involved with cultural clubs and student government initiatives at CCNY, and lives in Queens with his family.

Ian Hoogenboom is an Ohio raised, now Brooklyn-based photographer and artist. He currently serves as Robert Clark’s Studio Manager at Ten Ton Studio.

Tina Pamintuan directs the radio program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism where she teaches podcasting and oversees the school’s productions, including Where I’m From and AudioFiles. She is also Editor of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Open City magazine. Tina has worked in public media for over fifteen years, with a special emphasis on developing emerging voices. She has a master’s degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago, where she wrote her thesis on ethnic media and public radio. As an independent radio producer, her stories have appeared on WAMU’s Latitudes, KCRW’s UnFictional, and American Public Media’s The Story.

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