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CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Safaa Zarzour is an educator, attorney and a community activist. Professionally, he is the Superintendent of Universal Schools in Illinois and Indiana. He is also the Principal of Zarzour Law LLC. Previously, he has served as Secretary General of ISNA, General Council and Chief Operations Officer of Zakat Foundation of America, and Chief Executive Officer of IQRA International Foundation, and as an adjunct law professor at Loyola Law School. Zarzour is the cofounder of the ISNA Education Forum, Chairman of the Council of Islamic Schools of North America (CISNA), member of the Board of Advisors of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, Vice Chair of the Mosque Foundation, elected board member of Oak Lawn Community High School and President of the Syrian Forum USA.
Magda Elkadi Saleh is in her 29th year as an Islamic School administrator. She headed both Universal Academy of Florida (UAF) and American Youth Academy (AYA) in Tampa for 11 years each. She led both schools through two successful accreditation visits and gained IB Diploma School authorization for AYA. She is currently Head of School at Bayaan Academy, an innovative school focusing on achieving excellence in both Arabic/Qur’an/Islamic Studies and Academics. Heading schools, Magda Elkadi Saleh spearheads and oversees Strategic Planning, Marketing & Fundraising, the development of new programs within the school, training teachers and other administrators and building relationships with other schools and organizations in the region. Sr. Magda has been consulting with Islamic schools and with communities contemplating opening Islamic schools since 1998 and served on accreditation evaluation teams for both FCIS and AdvancEd from 2009 – 2015. In 2014, Sr. Magda became President of Radiant Hands, a non-profit, social services organization, whose mission is to help empower women and families in the community, who are facing various struggles in their lives and are in need of education, counseling and/or financial assistance. In October 2015, Radiant Hands took on the additional task of serving refugees coming to Tampa Bay from Muslim or Arabic-speaking countries. She has been and continues to be involved in community activities and sees it as her personal goals to empower others to reach their utmost potentials and to help raise people’s awareness of and increase their knowledge about Islam and how much Islam truly values humanitarian work and service to all.
Mohammed Jalaluddin has a Master of Science Degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, and has over 30 years of experience in Islamic Finance and Senior Business Management. Jalaluddin is the founding member and currently the President of Ansar Financial Group, Toronto that offers interest-free investments and is Sharia Compliant. He is also the Vice Chairman of Islamic Cooperative Housing Corporation in Toronto and President IMRC Canada. Jalaluddin is a life member of ISNA and has served MSA/ISNA since 1972 in various capacities such as a Board Member and Secretary, Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers (AMSE) and as speaker/moderator at ISNA Conventions.
Lubabah Abdullah is an attorney in St. Louis, Missouri concentrating her practice on Immigration law, Family law, and is focusing much of her attention on Estate Planning, helping Muslims fulfill their Islamic obligation to have a will and appoint guardians for their children. Prior to starting her own firm she worked as the Executive Director of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana and as an attorney at the Julian Center helping victims of domestic violence. Her service to the community includes serving her MSA chapter during her undergraduate years to host the MSA National Central Zone conference at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. She has served on ISNA’s Legal Affairs Committee for the past 5 years as well as on the board of Al Salam Day School, the Islamic school affiliated with the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis. Sr. Lubabah also served two-terms on the board of MSA National as Vice-President (US) and Treasurer. As Vice-President, she worked very closely with ISNA to ensure the success of the MSA Continental Conference held alongside the ISNA convention. When MSA National underwent restructuring and incorporated the Board of Advisors (BOA), she was elected to serve on the BOA for several years. She currently serves on ISNA’s Board of Directors.
M. Affan Badar, PhD, CPEM is a tenured professor and former chair of the Applied Engineering & Technology Management department at Indiana State University. He was chair of the Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management department at University of Sharjah from 2016 till 2018. He is also an ABET/ETAC commissioner and Editor-in-Chief of an InderScience journal. He earned a PhD degree in Industrial Engineering (IE) from Univ. of Oklahoma, MS in Mechanical Engineering (ME) from King Fahd Univ. of Petroleum and Minerals, and MS in IE and BS in ME from Aligarh Muslim Univ. Before getting elected on the ISNA board in 2020, Dr. Badar had served on the board from 2014 till 2018 and on the election committee from 2014 till 2017. Besides ISNA, he served on the Operations Management Board of Jahangirabad Institute of Technology (2014-18) and was president of Islamic Society of Greater Indianapolis (2012-14). He is immediate past president of AMSET, vice chair of MET-India N.A., IMEFNA board member, Al-Ilm Weekend School vice principal, and IAMC-Indiana secretary. He is also serving on few boards in India.
Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi is the Executive Director of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, a global network that builds bridges between grassroots peacemakers and global players to work towards sustainable peace. Most recently, Dr. Elsanousi acted as the director of Community Outreach and Interfaith Relations for the Islamic Society of North America for twelve years. He also served on the Core Group Taskforce for the Department of State’s working group on Religion and Foreign Policy under Secretary Clinton and Kerry, which he was charged with making recommendations to the Secretary of State and the Federal Advisory Commission on how the US government can better engage with civil society and religious actors. Dr. Elsanousi holds a bachelor’s degree in Shariah and Law from the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan, a Master of Laws from Indiana University, a graduate diploma in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, and a Ph.D. in Law and Society from the Indiana University School of Law.
Brother Mir Khan received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Public Administration and Political Science from Osmania University, Hyderabad, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. As an experienced IT professional with over 30 years in Project Management, Br. Mir has led dozens of teams in the implementation of software projects at such leading companies as Deloitte, Siemens, Whirlpool, Kimberly Clark, Northrop Grumman, Johnson Controls, Allstate, etc. He is a results-oriented individual with a track record of increasing operational efficiency and team building. Br. Mir has been active in the Muslim community. He served as President of MSA at Northeastern Illinois University during his college years. He has been active in the local Muslim community for many decades. Br. Mir previously served as a school board member for almost a decade at the MCC Academy in Chicago and later served as a board member and President of Averroes Academy, a Muslim private school in the suburbs of Chicago. He is also the founding member & President of the “Glory of Hyderabad” organization in Chicago. Br. Mir Khan has been involved with ISNA since 1983 and has served on several convention committees as Chair, Vice-chair, and Co-Chair of the ISNA Convention steering committee. He has played an important role in the convention outreach and media relations.
Sister Malika Khan received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Madras, India and M.S. Biological Science from California State University at Fullerton. She has been actively working in the Muslim community including Muslim Community Association (MCA) board, MCA Renovation committee, MCA Women’s committee, Senior Club of MCA Board, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) SF Bay Area Executive Board, MSA and ISNA, ISNA West Zone Conference Program Chairperson, and has helped in the establishment of mosques and Islamic Schools; organized fundraisers and other community events. She has been politically active – meeting and writing to Government officials on various local, state and national issues. She has also worked as a precinct captain during presidential election and volunteered with local Congressmen and public officials.
In community service since 1970, Dr. Iqbal J. Unus has served as President of Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada (1975), ISNA Secretary General, Member of ISNA Majlis, Vice President and Trustee of All Dulles Area Muslim Society, President of Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers, Executive Member of Council of Muslim Organizations of Greater Washington, and member or chair of several local and national committees. He is a trustee of Amana Mutual Funds Trust and director-at-large of the United Nations Association of National capital Area, as well as chair of The Islamic Seminary of America (TISA). He has received community service awards from CAIR National (2011) and ISNA (2012).
Azhar Azeez was born in Hyderabad, India. He has a bachelors degree in Finance from the prestigious Osmania University and a Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) For 11 years he worked for major US corporations such as General Electric, American General Life and Capital One. He currently serves as the senior Vice President of Islamic Relief USA, which is one of the largest Muslim charity of USA. He was elected as the Vice President of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) twice and then was elected as its President for two terms, which is the oldest Muslim organization of US & Canada. He is also the past President of the North Texas Islamic council (NTIC), which represents 45 plus Muslim/Islamic organizations in Dallas/Fort worth area. He is the founder and the past President of Islamic Association of Carrollton, Texas one of the large mosques in the suburbs of Dallas, TX. He also currently serves on the board of The Islamic Seminary of America. (TISA) He is nationally known public and a motivational speaker who travels regularly around US for local, regional and national events of various organizations He has addressed events. seminars, summits, conferences & banquets in more than 550 communities/cities across US & Canada. He continuously works towards building bridges between people of various faiths and is nationally known for his interfaith work. He is married and has two kids and currently resides in Plano, TX.