Board of Advisors
Dr. Moin Ahmed is a chemical engineer who worked for Union Carbide Corp, Dow Chemical, and Chevron in their Research and Development departments before retiring in 2014. He now lives in Austin, TX.
Salma Ali is a Washington D.C. based writer focusing on personal essays, cross-cultural reflections, and profiles about inspiring people. She attended Columbia College, and has a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. In addition to her writing, she is passionate about promoting volunteerism and service, and sees this as another way to listen to and share stories that allow people to connect with their community. Salma is undoubtedly one of the most compassionate, caring, committed, and inspiring role models for all. Young and old, females as well as males and for those she has touched locally and globally. Just one of her blogs "30days30deeds" during Ramadan is sufficient to convince anyone of her passionate devotion to further the causes for a better humanity. Again, citing only one of her many contributions internationally, we have personally been very blessed to have Salma and her entire family's varied contributions to a nonprofit organization "Pennies for Education and Health (PEH)" operating in India since its inception. During PEH'S 10th anniversary in 2013, Salma and Saanya traveled all the way to Ahmedabad and in spite of the jet lag, had thrilled the audience of more than 2000 with their awe inspiring words of wisdom.
Munira Gandhi joins PEH as Advisory board member to volunteer and assist with technology, communication and marketing. She is an Analytics and Information Management Leader with 18 years of experience in Data Science and Analytics, Business Intelligence and Master Data Management. She has over 15 years of experience in the Oil & Gas Industry working with Major E&P such as Chevron, BP, Shell/Motiva, Anadarko. She has a Masters in Mathematics/Statistics and Computer Science. Munira's volunteering experience includes being a board member with Katy Gifted and Talented organization for 5+ years. And volunteering at organizations such Houston Food bank, Dress for success, etc.
Dr. Susan Henning has served as professor of medicine and cell biology and physiology at University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill, since 2007. She has dedicated her 40-year career in academia to basic GI research and to mentoring trainees at many levels and at many different institutions. Dr. Henning is a well-accomplished mentor in the field of gastroenterology, and is an especially wonderful role model for women pursuing basic and translational science careers.
Aisha Matin is a native Houstonian. She first joined the PEH team as a student-intern, and she quickly discovered her interest in non-profits and passion for PEH’s mission. Aisha was recently a Consultant and Project Manager for the SURE™ Program and an intern for the Clinton Foundation’s Maternal Health division in India. Aisha is currently preparing to graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the Bauer College of Business, University of Houston.
Menhaz Merchant is an Accounting graduate from the Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. She has been a Houston resident for over three decades and has also lived in India, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. She worked as a middle school Math teacher and has also volunteered at schools and service organizations.
Imtiaz Munshi, President at Munshi CPA, PC is a Certified Public Accountant with over 33 years of experience working with small- and medium-sized businesses. Munshi founded Azstec and his CPA firm was instrumental in designing and testing of Azstec’s docNCRYPT encryption. Munshi is highly experienced in M&A, sales and acquisitions of businesses, strategic planning and transaction structuring. He has acted as CFO for client companies as well as managing companies he created. Munshi has a BA in Finance and Accounting from University of East London.
Meraj Nazar is an engineer with a master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from NED University in Karachi. Also holds an Executive MBA from the Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Having worked for Bechtel Corp., a global Engineering, Construction and Project Management organization for over three decades, offers extensive project management and operations experience on mega-projects. He has previously served as the President of Pennies for Education & Health (PEH) and is currently on the SIUTNA Board. He supports humanitarian causes and is also the founding member of his school Alumni Group. He also works part-time as a Management Consultant.
Sohel Sareshwala is an industrialist and inventor. He has 5 patents for specialty tube and pipe fittings, and is currently the President and CEO of Accu-Swiss Inc., which manufactures precision components for OEM bio medical, semi-conductor, food, and instrumentation industries. He currently stands as the board of advisor for San Jose State University in the Industrial Engineering department. In the past he served as President of two Non Profit Organizations: Islamic Society of East Bay and Islamic Center of Modesto. He is also the founder of Central Valley Crescent, a non-profit organization in the Central Valley, California. As president of CVC, apart from religious activities, his current focus is on serving new immigrant families. In his free time, he enjoys playing cricket, table-tennis, traveling with his family, gardening, and tending to his 400+ koi fish.
Dr. Carl P. Scott teaches in the Department of Decision and Information Sciences at the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. After serving as an officer in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam conflict, he returned and used the GI Bill to earn his Ph.D. from Colorado State University. Dr. Scott joined the faculty of the Bauer College in 2001. Working with these organizations, he developed and implemented hardware and software solutions for a wide range of business problems. Dr. Scott served on the Board of Directors for various organization and recently served on the Board of Directors for the Houston Food Bank, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, and Executive Service Corp. of Houston.