Executive Team

NASHIRU ABDULAI

President and Founder

Nashiru was born and raised in Ghana. He lost his hearing at age 10 and attended Savelugu School for the Deaf.  Nashiru earned a high school diploma from Mampong Akwapim secondary school. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social work and a Masters in Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology. Inspired by his experience growing up struggling to get access as a deaf person, he launched Global Deaf Muslim in 2005.

IMG_0137ANDALEEB ELAYAN

Vice President

Andaleeb became a part of the executive team in 2016. She recently obtained her Accounting and Business Administration degrees from Gallaudet University. Andaleeb is mainly responsible for GDM domestic activities.

IMG_0147CHARLES STERLING

Director of Development

Charles obtained his B.S. and M.B.A from Rochester Institute of Technology for finance. Charles is specialized in investment, nonprofit consulting, and tax services. Charles lives in Virginia with his wife and son.

IMG_0139FATIMA MUHAMMAD

Director of Marketing

Fatima has been with GDM since 2007. She serves on GDM Board in addition to her work as a Contracting Officer for the Federal government. She is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Maryland. 

IMG_0148AELAA EL-SABBAHY

Director of Programs

Aelaa joined GDM in 2010 and has been actively involved since then. She earned her Master degree in Special Education from George Mason University and is currently a full time educator at a local high school. 

IMG_0148SARAH TISDALE

International Conference Coordinator

Sarah first became interested in American Sign Language and Deaf issues after attending a GDM panel during the 2009 ISNA conference in Chicago. In 2013, Sarah was appointed to the position of International Conference Coordinator. In this capacity, she acts as liaison between GDM and several international entities in preparation for the International Conference of Deaf Muslims.

IMG_0148CATHERINE MSAADI-NABER

Communication Coordinator

Catherine is currently a French teacher, with a Bachelor’s Degree in French and Spanish and a Master’s Degree in English Literature and Writing. She enjoys traveling and getting to know people from around the world. Catherine has spent time in Canada (Montreal), Spain, Morocco, and New Zealand. She have two children. Her 6 year old son, Adam, is hearing and her 5 year old son, Eli (Elias), is deaf. She is currently learning ASL for him. She aims to work with the Muslim deaf community and help to create a better understanding between hearing and deaf Muslims.