The following people are the executive officers of Brighter Dawns. These individuals direct the organization’s activities, from developing its mission to designing and holding fundraisers. Below are brief biographies of the officers:
Christopher Liong, Editor-in-Chief [contact]
Christopher Liong is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he triple-majored in neuroscience and behavior, psychology, and English. He plans to pursue a career in clinical psychology, as he feels that learning to understand people is the key to making the world a better place. It was this interest in the health field that first drew Liong to Brighter Dawns, and its slogan of “Improving Health for a Better Tomorrow.” Due to his background in the literary humanities, he is now the Editor-in-Chief of the organization. As Editor-in-Chief, Liong has completed numerous applications on behalf of Brighter Dawns, and has also written several publicized pieces to advertise the organization’s mission. He currently resides in New Haven, where he works as a research assistant in the Yale Department of Psychiatry.
Fahim Zaman, Director of Media & Strategy [contact]
Fahim Zaman is an information designer, researcher, and photographer from Chicago, Illinois. His interest in Brighter Dawns stemmed from his involvement with the organization as a photographer of the Ward 12 project. Fahim has worked in the development technology and advertising design sectors in Bangladesh, and has experience with its native NGOs involved in health, water purification, business development, and education. His fascination with the country grew through conducting sociological surveys of Dhaka as a Harvard Undergraduate Research Fellow. Fahim has spent time living in and exploring rural Bangladeshi village settings, hoping to gain insight into the everyday life of poverty. He has also lived in Amman, Jordan, studying Arabic, and spent time exploring Istanbul and the Middle East. He received his B.A from Harvard in 2012, concentrating in Social Studies and Islamic Studies. As a proponent of the idea that designs in media, services, and products are all “vivid arguments of how we should live our lives,” Fahim uses his social analysis background to understand the problems of the underprivileged, and design empowering products and lifestyles that solve them.
Faseeha Altaf, Outreach Director [contact]
Faseeha Altaf is the Outreach Director of Brighter Dawns. She is eager to spread Brighter Dawns to schools and universities within the nation and abroad. A Connecticut native, Faseeha studied Physiology and Neurobiology at University of Connecticut. Faseeha spent her final semester at UConn as an intern at CNN in New York City. Working in CNN’s Medical Unit alongside medical producers and correspondents, she conducted background research, interviewed leading scientists, assisted in field shoots, and helped prepare segments and series for broadcast. She showcased her passion for writing as she pitched and reported stories for CNN.com/health. Faseeha is an active organizer of service events locally and across the nation. She has experience working in nonprofit development and enjoys learning new languages, traveling, and photography. With her prospective career in medicine, Faseeha hopes to bridge the gap between practitioners and patients, between the access to information and the public’s understanding of health and healthcare.
Jason Youngbin Lee, Development Director [contact]
In May of 2012, Jason Youngbin Lee received his B.A. at Wesleyan University as a Philosophy and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry double major. His childhood intrigue with the Middle East and South Asia brought him to Brighter Dawns because he views the organization as a vehicle for change for the people of Bangladesh. As a strong advocate for equal access to healthcare and education, Jason gravitated to the Brighter Dawns mission and is now an active member of the executive team. The grassroots origins of this organization to tackle real issues in Bangladesh as well as the genuine collective effort from the Brighter Dawns team has been his main sources of motivation. Jason aims to improve structural and developmental challenges and brings his strong belief in collaboration to the organization because at the end of the day he believes that impact is more important than individual claims to success. Jason hopes to pursue a career in health law and continue his work in the United Nations Foundation.
Kimberly Muellers, Communications & Finance Director [contact]
Kimberly Muellers is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Psychology and Environmental Studies, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health at Columbia University in New York. Kimberly has always been passionate about fighting for international human rights, and she felt compelled to help Brighter Dawns provide the people of Ward 12 with the right to clean water and freedom from preventable disease. As Communications Director, she manages Brighter Dawns’ public image and press appearances, and as Finance Director she maintains the organization’s funds to ensure that contributions from donors and grants are used to maximize Brighter Dawns’ positive impact in Bangladesh.
Rajeeta Iyer, Administrative Director [contact]
Rajeeta Iyer hails from Bangalore, India and is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she majored in sociology. She is currently a graduate student at Drexel University, studying Library & Information Science and Information Systems. Having spent many years away from South Asia studying in Singapore, when Tasmiha approached her with her mission, she saw a chance to effect change for people in need close to home and dived into it. Her interest in efficient communication, organization and technology are put to good use in Brighter Dawns, where she works to support her fellow teammates needs. She hopes to spend a summer on site, getting to know the people of Ward 12, and looks forward to being part of Brighter Dawn’s progress.
Tasmiha Khan, Founder & CIO [contact]
In the summer of 2010 on a trip to Bangladesh, Tasmiha Khan was struck by the stark contrast between the rich and the poor, driving her to intern with a local NGO. She decided to return to the U.S. to create a donor base and raise awareness of the dire slum conditions and became known as the “Chief Inspirational Officer” to her colleagues. Invited as a panelist to Brown University’s SEED Conference and a speaker at Yale’s Global Health and Innovation Conference, Khan was awarded 2011’s Project for Peace Winner and Dell Social Innovation Semifinalist Fellowship. Under Khan’s leadership, the organization completed its first project in the summer of 2011, and it continues to grow and seek new ways of spreading knowledge and healthier practices to impoverished communities in Bangladesh. In 2012, Khan obtained her BA from Wesleyan University in Neuroscience & Behavior with Honors in Psychology. Khan hopes to pursue a career in public health with a focus on social entrepreneurship. She values the power of passion and persistence and is an admirer of M. Jalaluddlin Rumi. After all, “where your aspiration lies, that you will become, for, “the bird flies with its wings, but the believer flies with his aspiration.