Our team

Ayesha Akhtar, Director; Curator

Ayesha is an artist. She is currently working on a project called the Burqa Project which is featured in the documentary A Map Of My Heart. For her day job she works at Artstor Digital Library, a nonprofit committed to digital collection solutions for universities, museums, schools, and libraries worldwide to enhance scholarship and teaching through the use of digital images and media. Ayesha holds an English degree from Kenyon College.

Nadia Q. Ahmad, Programs and Development

Nadia is a writer, based in her hometown of Queens. She is a board member of the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA), and currently works at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, where she has contributed to AAWW’s online magazines. A graduate of NYU, where she studied English, Nadia is a recipient of the 2014 Chhaya CDC Neighborhood Leadership Award and a 2015 VONA/Voices alum.

Bashma Sheea, Outreach & Programs

Bashma currenly attends the City College of New York as an Earth Atmospheric Science major. Along with her passion for environmental justice and environmental conservancy, she is also passionate about singing, having performed on many stages around the tri-state area. In addition to performing Bangla folk songs, Bashma is also pursuing an interest in acting while working towards the completion of her Bachelor of Sciences.

Mahfuzul Islam, Outreach & Programs

Mahfuzul graduated from Fordham University with a degree in International Political Economy and Economics. Since then he has worked with several NGOs around the world. Through ISAY he went to Turkey, Bosnia, and Nepal, where he worked with the foreign ministry, taught and counseled students, and did humanitarian aid work. Mahfuzul’s New York-based work includes organizing the Bi-annual Youth Assembly with the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation in the United Nations, and serving as Chair for the Executive Board of the Youth Representatives in the United Nations.