MPV Staff

Due to safety concerns, not all staff members are listed.

Ani Zonneveld - Founder and President

Ani Zonneveld is Founder and President. Since inception, Ani has presided over MPV’s expansion to include chapters and affiliates in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Columbus (OH), Ottawa and Toronto, Canada as well as Paris, France, Chile and Australia. She has organized numerous interfaith arts and music festivals, participated in many interfaith dialogues and is a strong supporter of universal human rights. She is the brainchild of Literary Zikr – a project that counters radical Islam on-line and co-editor of MPV’s first book, an anthology titled “Progressive Muslim Identities – Personal Stories from the U.S. and Canada”. Ani is a singer/songwriter/producer and is the first woman to release an English Islamic pop album in the U.S. Ani performs Islamic wedding services and in 2006, she was named a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the American Society for Muslim Advancement.

Born in Malaysia, Ani, a Muslim since birth, spent a good portion of her formative years raised in Germany, Egypt and India as an Ambassador’s daughter. Her exposure to different politics, religions and cultures has shaped her inclusive worldview.

Twitter: @AniZonneveld        Phone: (323) 696-2678

Omair Paul - UN Representative

Omair Paul is a Pakistani American born and raised in New York City. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo, having majored in Social and Cultural Anthropology with a minor in South Asian studies. His focus was on history, culture, theology, philosophy, linguistics, and gender/queer theories. He is currently a Human Rights M.A. candidate in the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University in New York.

He assumed the positions of United Nations Representative for Muslims for Progressive Values and United States Representative for the Youth Advocacy Network of Pakistan in 2014. His focal areas of work and research pertain to gender equality and women's empowerment, particularly in the Middle East and South Asia, LGBTQ rights and non-discrimination on the basis of SOGI, diffusing radical and fundamentalist cultural and/or theological ideologies, and youth empowerment and engagement. He is currently engaged in affirming the human rights approach to policy-level advocacy for the aforementioned subjects.

Marwan Bishtawi - UN Associate Coordinator 


Marwan Bishtawi joins MPV as U.N. Associate Coordinator in New York, covering human rights issues in the 3rd Committee specifically in the Arab and French speaking Muslim world. Marwan holds a Bachelor in Arts from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, where he majored in the Program of Liberal Studies. 


MPV Spiritual Leader (IMamah)

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Business Development Strategist 

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