Confirmed Speakers

Rowaida Abdelaziz is a Social Media Editor at HuffPost, where she focuses on reporting and distributing world news. Abdelaziz specializes in the Middle East and has written numerous stories on the refugee crises in Syria, Yemen and other parts of the Arab world. Abdelaziz also spearheads coverage of Islamophobia and Muslim issues at The Huffington Post. Her goal is to provide guidance for diverse coverage of the Muslim community in mainstream media as a young hijab-wearing woman in the newsroom. Last year,  Abdelaziz was a lead reporter for the Islamophobia Tracker, a project that documented the anti-Muslim rhetoric that spiked across the U.S. She also launched HuffPost's Tomorrow Inshallah, a community Facebook page that targets and amplifies Muslim voices and perspectives.   Before joining HuffPost, Rowaida was at the Committee to Protect Journalists and Al Jazeera Arabic at the United Nations. In her free time, Rowaida loves to spend time with her family and friends over a cup of coffee. For more info click here

Rowaida Abdelaziz is a Social Media Editor at HuffPost, where she focuses on reporting and distributing world news. Abdelaziz specializes in the Middle East and has written numerous stories on the refugee crises in Syria, Yemen and other parts of the Arab world.

Abdelaziz also spearheads coverage of Islamophobia and Muslim issues at The Huffington Post. Her goal is to provide guidance for diverse coverage of the Muslim community in mainstream media as a young hijab-wearing woman in the newsroom. Last year,  Abdelaziz was a lead reporter for the Islamophobia Tracker, a project that documented the anti-Muslim rhetoric that spiked across the U.S. She also launched HuffPost's Tomorrow Inshallah, a community Facebook page that targets and amplifies Muslim voices and perspectives.  

Before joining HuffPost, Rowaida was at the Committee to Protect Journalists and Al Jazeera Arabic at the United Nations. In her free time, Rowaida loves to spend time with her family and friends over a cup of coffee.

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Ieasha Prime converted to Islam more than 20 years ago, after being an International Youth Ambassador to Morocco and Senegal.  It was during this time in her youth that she officially began studying Islam. The year she returned from the youth ambassador’s program, she took an Islamic Studies course at the Islamic Center in Washington D.C. from the professor and scholar Mohammad Arafat.  It was during this course, that Ms. Prime formally took Shahadah (profession of the Islamic faith).  Since that time, she has spent her life as an educator, artist, activist and entrepreneur committed to the goal of empowering Muslim women to rise above their challenges to maximize their full potential of being female servants of Allah and vicegerents on this earth. For more info click here 

Ieasha Prime converted to Islam more than 20 years ago, after being an International Youth Ambassador to Morocco and Senegal.  It was during this time in her youth that she officially began studying Islam. The year she returned from the youth ambassador’s program, she took an Islamic Studies course at the Islamic Center in Washington D.C. from the professor and scholar Mohammad Arafat.  It was during this course, that Ms. Prime formally took Shahadah (profession of the Islamic faith).  Since that time, she has spent her life as an educator, artist, activist and entrepreneur committed to the goal of empowering Muslim women to rise above their challenges to maximize their full potential of being female servants of Allah and vicegerents on this earth.

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AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST For over a decade Mariam has been covering news in Chicago. She started with NPR affiliate WBEZ, and worked as a political reporter for Illinois Radio Network. Currently, she’s an anchor and reporter with CBS radio. Many of her stories air nationally. Mariam recently was on the team that won the national Edward R. Murrow award for best breaking news, she also won 3rd place in the silver dome awards for best spot news coverage in the shooting death of 7 year old Amari Brown. Mariam is the first woman in hijab to work on-air in commercial radio in the U.S. She has covered everything from presidential visits, to federal court cases, to protests and shootings in the city. Mariam also was asked to come on as a TV host for a startup channel called Touchvision in Chicago. Her videos aired on TV and online. They were some of the most viewed opinion videos for the station. For more info click here 

AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST
For over a decade Mariam has been covering news in Chicago. She started with NPR affiliate WBEZ, and worked as a political reporter for Illinois Radio Network. Currently, she’s an anchor and reporter with CBS radio. Many of her stories air nationally. Mariam recently was on the team that won the national Edward R. Murrow award for best breaking news, she also won 3rd place in the silver dome awards for best spot news coverage in the shooting death of 7 year old Amari Brown. Mariam is the first woman in hijab to work on-air in commercial radio in the U.S. She has covered everything from presidential visits, to federal court cases, to protests and shootings in the city. Mariam also was asked to come on as a TV host for a startup channel called Touchvision in Chicago. Her videos aired on TV and online. They were some of the most viewed opinion videos for the station.

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Confirmed Emcees

Melanie Elturk is the CEO of Haute Hijab, one of the largest U.S. brands for modest fashion. Melanie aims to empower hijab-wearing women worldwide, and in addition to her clothing and hijab line, she facilitates support for those struggling with hijab in addition to highlighting inspiring women who contribute to their communities in significant ways. By providing compelling and innovative products and connecting with her customers in a meaningful way, Melanie has propelled Haute Hijab from a cult favorite to a household name with a loyal following and dynamic social media presence. She is a regular contributor on ELLE.com, has been featured in the New York Times, NBC Today, USA Today, Buzzfeed and others. She is an industry expert in modest fashion and has spoken at the WIEF in Malaysia, GIES in Italy, and Istanbul Modest Fashion Week. #hfMC For more info click here 

Melanie Elturk is the CEO of Haute Hijab, one of the largest U.S. brands for modest fashion. Melanie aims to empower hijab-wearing women worldwide, and in addition to her clothing and hijab line, she facilitates support for those struggling with hijab in addition to highlighting inspiring women who contribute to their communities in significant ways. By providing compelling and innovative products and connecting with her customers in a meaningful way, Melanie has propelled Haute Hijab from a cult favorite to a household name with a loyal following and dynamic social media presence. She is a regular contributor on ELLE.com, has been featured in the New York Times, NBC Today, USA Today, Buzzfeed and others. She is an industry expert in modest fashion and has spoken at the WIEF in Malaysia, GIES in Italy, and Istanbul Modest Fashion Week. #hfMC

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