Indian American public affairs specialist has been charged with
revitalising the Muslim Public Service Network that grooms young
American Muslims for public service and to take on civic
"I believe that MPSN needs to form strong alliances with
organizations in the US, while working to stabilise its flagship
Summer Fellowship programme," said Sabith Khan, the new executive
director about his task of revitalising the organisation founded
"I believe we need to also engage our stake-holders and community
in a creative way, so they come together and give back and
re-learn the meaning of community development," Khan, who "lived
in Bangalore for most of my life" before coming to the US told
Over the last 18 years, a few fellows of the programme have gone
on to make a name in public service. The most prominent is Rashad
Hussain, son of a mining engineer from Bihar, who was named by
President Barack Obama as US Special Envoy to the Organisation of
Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
"The American Muslim community is among the richest, best educated
communities there is, and has been consistently giving back to the
country," Khan said. "But one area where it lacks substantial
contribution is in the area of Public policy."
"With my understanding of public policy and civic engagement, I
believe I can make a deep impact on the organization and help it
move forward; and grow in size and also partnerships/ alliances,"
said Khan, who has a Masters in Public Administration from the
Maxwell School of Syracuse University.
"MPSN is at a stage where they needed someone to stabilise the
program and also grow its support base, while maintaining its high
quality programming. I believe I will be able to do that, going
forward," he added.
(Arun Kumar can be contacted at email@example.com)