- President / Founder – Masood Akhtar
- Vice President – Kevin Royalty
- Secretary / Treasurer – Eric Horn
Board of Directors
- Masood Akhtar
- Syed Rafay Masud, CPA, MBA
- Paul Summerside
Masood Akhtar is an Indian-born proud American Muslim entrepreneur and an activist. Akhtar has been living in Madison for over 30 years and actively involved with numerous community projects. To address the environment of Islamophobia, Akhtar spent significant amount of time addressing this issue in cooperation with leaders from the Madison Muslim Community, law enforcement officers, elected officials, local media and the general public. To address the current environment of hate, bigotry and racism, Akhtar started a state-wide non-partisan Movement “We Are Many: United Against Hate”- where people who are urban and rural, spiritual and secular can unite together to build an inclusive community. Akhtar’s Movement is not about us vs. them.
Akhtar also served on Dane County’s “Immigration and Refugee Task Force” aimed to build trust between local law enforcement officials and the immigration and refugee communities and thus reduce fear.
In 2017, Akhtar was awarded “Certificate of Appreciation” by Sergeant Janesville Police Department; Lieutenant, Kenosha Police Department; and Director of Emergency Management, UW-Madison Police Department to recognize with deep gratitude the contributions made by Akhtar to the Wisconsin Command College Re-Trainer.
In 2017, Akhtar was awarded “Certificate of Appreciation” by the Southern Poverty Law Center in recognition for his important contribution to the ongoing fight against hatred and intolerance in America. Akhtar’s name has been added to the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama, to provide inspiration to all those who choose to take a stand against hatred.
On February 8, 2019, Akhtar received “Certificate of Achievement” from Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers that states “all Wisconsinites should be inspired by Masood’s work and strive to unite together regardless of differences and seek to build a state and a country that is united against hate, bigotry and racism. Now therefore I, Tony Evers, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby congratulate Masood Akhtar and extend my best wishes to him for continued excellence.”
On May 3, 2019, Akhtar received the prestigious national FBI’s 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) at the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC from FBI Director Christopher Wray. The Award says, “In Recognition of Your Outstanding Contributions, To Our Nation & Communities Through Dedication and Leadership – With Deepest Appreciation”
On June 14, 2019, Akhtar was appointed on the Board of Friends of PBS Wisconsin.
On Nov 20, 2019, Akhtar was presented with “2019 Manfred E. Swarsensky Humanitarian Service Award” by the Rotary Club of Madison. “It’s difficult to believe that you are not talking to Rabbi Swarsensky himself when you meet Masood Akhtar. The warmth, kindness, and acceptance are the same.” That is the opening statement from Masood Akhtar’s nomination for our Swarsensky Humanitarian Award submitted by Jeff Seltz.
Akhtar also created “Empowering Students for Success” organization to provide interest free loan and mentors to students from low- and medium-income families to get higher education.
Syed Rafay Masud, CPA, MBA
Lee’s Summit, MO
Syed Rafay Masud has over 19 years of experience in Internal Controls Analysis, Process Improvements, Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance (including Sarbanes Oxley and Model Audit Rule). This experience spans Financial Services, Manufacturing, Insurance and Health Care industries. He has worked with Governance Boards and their Audit Committees to address enterprise wide risk and improve operational capabilities . Mr. Masud obtained his undergraduate degree in Accounting, and his MBA (MIS) from Southern Illinois University. His certifications include CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) and CPA (Certified Public Accountant). Mr. Masud served as the Board Secretary for MCHC (Muslim Community Health Center, a not for profit, 501 (c) 3 organization based in Milwaukee, WI) where he also helped establish the financial reporting and Corporate Governance structures.
Kevin Royalty is a director of R&D for Siemens Healthineers, and leads a team of scientists focused on translational imaging research for minimally invasive surgery. Kevin brings experience from several different industries including defense, telecommunications, healthcare, and venture capital. He and his family have lived in the Madison area for more than 9 years and are actively involved with Madison public schools, the Fitchburg community and their church. Kevin has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He holds Master’s degrees in business administration and biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.