Daisy Khan is executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building bridges between the Muslim community and the general public through dialogues in faith, identity, culture, and arts. She also mentors young Muslims on the challenges of assimilation, gender, religion and modernity, and intergenerational differences.
In the aftermath of 9/11, Khan created interfaith programs to emphasize commonalities among Abrahamic faith traditions. To prioritize the improvement of Muslim–West relations and the advancement of Muslim women globally, she has launched two intra-faith programs: The Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow and the Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality. Both programs seek to empower Muslim women and youth to cultivate a leadership that speaks with a credible, humane, and equitable voice in the global Muslim community.
Khan and her husband's proposal to build an Islamic community house near Ground Zero created a national conversation about the rise of Islamophobia in the United States.
She frequently comments on important issues in the media and has appeared on ABC, PBS, BBC World, CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera, and the National Geographic and Hallmark channels. She has also been quoted in major news publications and featured in prominent documentaries. Her life story has appeared in Time magazine, Reader's Digest, and More magazine.
Born in Kashmir, India, Khan spent the first 25 years of her career as an interior architect at various Fortune 500 companies. In 2005, she decided to fully dedicate herself to elevating the discourse on Islam, improving the lives of Muslims and non-Muslims globally through ASMA and its sister organization, the Cordoba Initiative.