Frank F. Islam is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader and thought leader. Frank has a special commitment to civic, educational and artistic causes. In all of his endeavors, he strives to create opportunities that are sustainable and uplifting for humanity - guided by the virtues of hard work, focus, quality, innovation and kindness.
Frank currently heads the FI Investment Group, a private investment holding company that he established in 2007 after he sold his information technology firm, the QSS Group. Frank founded the QSS Group in 1994 and built it from 1 employee to more than 2,000 employees and revenues of approximately $300M before its sale.
Frank devotes the majority of time currently to a wide variety of civic and philanthropic activities. He serves and has served on numerous boards and advisory councils including the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Board of Directors, Strathmore Center for the Arts, Ford’s Theater Society Board of Trustees and Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts. His critic involvement includes Brookings Institution Council, Member of Center of American Progress (CAP), Foreign Policy Advisory Council, Woodrow Wilson Center National Cabinet, International Advisory Council of the U.S. Institute of Peace. He also serves at the board of renowned higher education institutions, including at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Johns Hopkins University Advisory Council, University of Maryland Smith School of business, George Mason University School of Management Dean’s Council, American University School of International Service Dean’s Council, University of Malaysia (UTM) International Advisory Panel and American University of Afghanistan.
Over the past several years, Frank has established a reputation as a writer and thought leader. He has authored two books: Working the Pivot Points: To Make America Work Again (2013); and, Renewing the American Dream: A Citizen’s Guide for Restoring Our Competitive Advantage (2010).
Frank blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and also writes occasional columns and articles for publications such as the Foreign Policy, the International Business Times and the Economic Times of India.
He hosts his own TV show “Washington Current Review” on MHz Networks and is called upon to speak frequently in a variety of business, education and non-profit venues and has been awarded Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for International Service, Global Leadership, Award Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame Award and many others.
Frank was an active participant in the information technology, aerospace engineering services, and systems integration business for more than twenty-five years. During his professional career, he garnered multiple industry awards for leadership, entrepreneurship and excellence. He was recognized by the Ernst and Young as Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year and the US Small Business Administration selected him as the Small Business Person of the Year of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area in 2001.
Frank received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Computer Science from the University of Colorado.