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Najah Bazzy

Founder and CEO, Zaman International; 2019 CNN Hero

Najah Bazzy, RN, is an internationally recognized healer, humanitarian and interfaith leader who left a six-figure salary as a critical-care nurse to build Zaman International. The Metro Detroit based non-profit empowers marginalized women and children to break the cycle of extreme poverty.

In 2019, she was recognized as a Top Ten CNN Hero highlighting Zaman’s growth from a grassroots team of volunteers to a world-class organization with a global reach that has helped more than 1.8 million people in 20 countries since 2010.

Bazzy earned her nursing degree from Madonna University and specialized over the past three decades in critical care and transcultural nursing. The CEO of Diversity Specialists, Najah has implemented a national model of transcultural clinical care and hosted workshops for health care institutions across the country.

She also serves as an adjunct professor at Michigan State University’s Institute of International Health and hosts transcultural leadership workshops on bereavement and medical ethics for chaplains at Bayan Claremont Theological School. In 1997, she co-founded the Young Muslim Association, now known as the Muslim Youth Connection, and serves as senior advisor providing leadership training to youth.