Mr. Adnan Durrani, Chief Halal Officer
He is a Director and Chair of Finance for READ Global (Rural Education and Development Enterprise, www.readglobal.org), a nonprofit devoted to building libraries in war-torn communities in India, Bhutan, and Nepal and which is primarily funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (www.gatesfoundation.org). Mr. Durrani is a Director of O.P.E.N. (www.opennyc.org/) , the “Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America” (NY Chapter). He also served on the Board, and was Finance Chairman, of Social Venture Network (www.svn.org). He has been recognized by BBMG and SVN as one of the entrepreneurs who engineered “20 Ideas That Changed The Way The World Does Business”. The select list of these inductees include: Ben Cohen (Ben & Jerry’s), Gary Hirshberg (Stonyfield Farms) , Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize, Grameen Bank), and Steve Case (AOL).
Mr. Durrani sits on the Board of the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Columbia University (“Board of Visitors”), where he is also Chairman of the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board. Mr. Durrani has been a frequent lecturer at Silicon Valley Technology Conference in Palo Alto. Mr. Durrani received an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and economics from Columbia University. He is also a Charter Member of the American Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies. He often lectures on Islam and remains active in facilitating interfaith forums in New York City and Connecticut area synagogues, churches, and mosques. Most recently, he has been invited by the Vatican and Ambassador to the Holy Sees (www.vatican.va) to be a speaker on Interfaith In Business in October, 2010, at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.