—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (January 6, 2011) – The ICNA National Election Committee announced that Dr. Zahid Bukhari has been reelected as president of ICNA for the 2011-2012 term. Dr. Bukhari will be sworn in on January 15 at the Annual General Assembly in New York. Annual elections for presidents of local ICNA chapters were also held throughout the country during December 2010.
The President of ICNA is elected through secret ballot from among members of the ICNA General Assembly (MGAs). The General Assembly currently consists of 420 MGAs from 27 states and is the final authority in all matters concerning the organization. The president is entrusted with the responsibility of guiding ICNA and making decisions with input from the Majlis Ash-Shura (Central Advisory Council) and members of the General Assembly.
Dr. Bukhari, who has been reelected for a second term, serves as Executive Director of the Center for Islam and Public Policy (CIPP). He served as Director, American Muslim Studies Program at Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington DC. He also worked as Director, Project MAPS: Muslims in American Public Square at Georgetown University and is currently serving as a member of Governor of Maryland Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs. Dr. Bukhari has a Masters in Economics from University of Karachi and Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Connecticut. Dr. Bukhari’s research interests focused on religion and politics in the United States and South Asia. He has vast experience in survey research and has worked as Executive Director of the Pakistan Institute of Public Opinion, a member of Gallup International. He has published and presented papers on Islam in the West, Muslim public opinion in the US, interfaith relations in the USA, and other topics in national and international forums. He is also editor of a research volume, Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square: Fears, Hopes and Aspirations. Dr. Bukhari lives in Frederick, MD. He is married with two sons, two daughters and three grandchildren.