Board of Patrons (BoP) for TwoCircles.net is an exclusive invitation-only group of supporters of TCN. If you ready to support the work that TCN is doing in projecting marginalized voices into the mainstream then please contact any of the members of the Board of Directors to begin the process.
TCN Patrons are:
– those who support the mission of TCN. [Moral]
– our ambassadors to the larger community. [Social]
– provide strategic guidance and support to TCN. [Intellectual]
– contribute a minimum of $1000 per year to TCN. [ Financial]
Shaiq Ali Khan: [ April 2015- April 2016]
Shaiq Ali Khan is a High Street Banker based in Dubai with a career spanning over 16 years.
Shaiq was born in a small town, Qaimganj, of Uttar Pradesh and went to Don Bosco School at Delhi. He studied Bachelor of Commerce and Master in Finance & Control from Aligarh Muslim University. He dabbled into students politics while at the University and was part of an ad hoc Student’s Union during 1998 session.
Shaiq moved to UAE in 2001 and has worked with local as well as multinational Banks. He is currently employed with one of the largest Islamic Banks.
Shaiq is an ardent Railway Fan and is passionate about Formula One Racing.
“I support TCN because I feel there is a dearth of Media Houses that cover marginalized sections of society as they are not deemed to be news worthy. TCN has been doing an excellent job in highlighting issues which the so called mainstream media has been ignoring.”
Kashif-ul-Huda: [May2015- May 2018]
Born in Muzaffarpur in Bihar, Kashif has lived in Jamshedpur and Lucknow in India and California and Florida in the United States. He has been in the US since 1995 and was the founder of Urdustan.com. Disturbed by lack of Muslim voices in Indian “mainstream” media he started the online news website in 2006 which now has grown to become TwoCircles.net, a voice for the marginalized in the “mainstream.”
Kashif earns his living working in the pharmaceutical research. He is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Nasir Hussain: [ August 2015- August 2018]
Nasir Hussain is based in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Fazal Sharief: [September 2015-September 2016]
A US-based physician.
Dr. Rizwan Ahmed: [January 2016-January 2017]
Dr. Rizwan Ahmad is Assistant Professor of Sociolinguistics at Qatar University, Doha. Earlier, he worked at the American University of Kuwait from 2007 to 2010. He has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. M.A. and M. Phil. in linguistics from the Department of Linguistics, University of Delhi, India and a B.A. (Hons.) in Arabic and linguistics from the Center for Asian & African Studies (CAAS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.
Misbahuddin Mirza [Feb 2016-August 2017]
Misbahuddin Mirza, M.S., P.E., a Senior Engineer with the Structures Division of the New York State Department of Transportation.
Ubaidur Rehman [November 2015-May 2017]
Originally from Hyderabad, Ubaidur Rehman is a US-based IT professional.
Aravind Prasad [June 2016- June 2017]
Dr. Abdul Rehman Nakadar [June 2016- June 2017]
Born in Gujarat, Dr. Abdul Rehman Nakadar is a leading cardiologist based in Michigan, USA. He is the founder of American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI), a charity organization working in the area of education for Indian Muslims. He has established Dr. Nakadar Institute of Knowledge in Ahmedabad, India.
Saqib Syed [June 2016-June 2017]
Saqib Syed is an Entrepreneur and a Private Investor focused on building high tech product companies. Saqib currently serves as a Partner and Chief Advisor to Boston Meridian, a boutique investment bank focused on financial/strategic advisory to high tech companies.
Previously Saqib served in various executive positions at CA Technologies (formerly Computer Associates) and BMC Software. Recently Saqib was voted as the top 50 influential people in New England by the INDIA New England Newspaper.
Syed Ali Rizvi [June 2016-June 2017]
Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Federation of Aligarh Alumni Associations. Born and raised in Lucknow with schooling at la Martiniere College, Rizvi joined AMU in 1978. Graduated with B.Sc (Hons) chemistry and with an MBA in 1984, a brief stint with the Government and then with Kuwait Airways, I came to USA in 1988. Completed MBA in Corporate Governance & Strategy from New Jersey, in 1991 and during this time, joined Rose Color Inc., in 1989, a dye manufacturing company in Newark, NJ as a trainee and rose to be its EVP and Chief Operating officer in 1993. In 2000, Rizvi acquired SPS Alfachem and Resolv Corporation and formed Healthxcel in 2003.
Mashkoor Hasan [September 2016 – September 2017]:
Mashkoor Hasan is a Partner & Managing Director of RAPID COOL GROUP of Companies based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Company is involved in Contracting, manufacturing & trading of Electromechanical & HVAC Equipment & Services.
An Alumni of Aligarh Muslim University and Mechanical Engineer by profession, Mashkoor hails from Bilgram a town in Uttar Pradesh, known for scholars & intellectuals. He joined Voltas, A Tata Group Company in 1983 and moved to UAE in 1985 and is among founding members of Voltas, in UAE. He served Voltas app 30 years at various positions before starting his own business.
“It is an honor for me to support TCN, as I feel TCN team is selflessly working to highlight and raise issues of minorities and weaker sections, which is missing in mainstream media”
ShahNawaz is a Dubai-based HR professional with 25+ years of post-qualification experience. His expertise is in setting up, shaping and developing HR function and resources, positioning HR as a strategic and capable business partner and leading HR function in bringing sustainable change and making a measurable impact on business.
“I think the fourth estate is in a state of a quandary and losing its trustworthiness. Bogged down by survival issues, there is a crass commercialisation of news. Facts and fictions are being whipped into news shenanigans serving vested interest of a few rather than of the masses. The truth is becoming the causality at the very hands of its guardians. I do not know when a “news report” became a “story” in journalism parlance. The word “story” smacks of fiction no matter which way you look at it and that’s the reason it has to be prefixed with a hyphenated “True- or Real” to give credibility. How do we bring the news as it is without varnishing or tarnishing it, or, without calling it a “story”, is my concern? The other concern is how do we mainstream the news and views of the maligned and marginalised in India? Having followed the reporting and exceptional coverage of relevant issues by Two Circles for nearly a decade now, I am influenced to support this selfless endeavour of bringing news shorn of stories and establishment slants.