Current Affiliates

Listed below are the affiliates of Islamic Networks Group.

Western States

Islamic Speakers Bureau of the San Francisco Bay Area
Location: San Jose, California
Director: Henry Millstein
Phone: 408-296-7312
Email: [email protected]
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SALAM Speakers Bureau
Location: Sacramento, California
Director: Asif Haq
Phone: 916-540-9644
Email: [email protected]

Islamic Speakers Bureau of San Diego
Location: San Diego, California
Director: Tehseen Lazzouni (click for bio and picture)

Tehseen-in-ParisTehseen Lazzouni is the Co-Director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of San Diego (ISB), which she founded in September 2000. Tehseen has spoken in many different venues, including schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, and interfaith services and has given interviews to radio, television, and print media. She was born and raised in Southern California and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University as well as a Bachelors degree in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego, where she works as a Financial Analyst. She is a wife and the mother of two wonderful boys, ages twenty-three and fifteen.



Phone: 858.752.8788
Email: [email protected]

South Western States

Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Director: Azra Hussain (click for bio and picture)

azra_affAzra Hussain is the Founder and President the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona (ISBA). Azra trains speakers for the bureau and plans and facilitates educational and interfaith events for ISBA. She is also a speaker and presents mainly on beliefs and practices as well as gender roles in Islam. Azra serves on the Arizona Muslim Police Advisory Board and on the Banner Health Professional Advisory Committee for Clinical Pastoral Education, as well as the steering committees for the Interfaith Network of Scottsdale as well as the tri-faith Salaam Chai Paradise. Azra is one of the founders and a past Board member of the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley. She has served on the Phoenix FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Board as Vice President and as a Citizen member on the Scottsdale Police Department Use of Force Review Board. She is married and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband and four children.



Phone: 480.946.0626
Email: [email protected]
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Colorado Muslim Speakers Bureau (CMSB)
Location: Denver, Colorado
Directors: Nabeeh Hasan & Meraj Abdul Qadir (click for bio)

Nabeeh Hasan (Him/His) is the Co-Director of the Colorado Muslim Speakers Bureau (CMSB), an affiliate of the Islamic Networks Group (ING). He is active in speaking at and facilitating interfaith efforts, youth development and training speakers, including Colorado’s Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism (MILA) and the Colorado Islamic Leadership group. Nabeeh is also a biomedical researcher at National Jewish Health, specializing in genomics of infectious lung diseases. Through speaking about Islam, health and science, Nabeeh has given hundreds of presentations to primary schools, universities, churches, hospitals and professional societies. He currently lives in Denver, CO. Nabeeh represents the Muslim religion.

Program Manager: Neda Kikhia
Phone: 720.336.9892
Email: [email protected]
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Islamic Speakers Bureau – DFW
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Director: Syed Ali (click for bio and picture)

syed_affSyed Ali is the current director and founding member of the Islamic Speaker’s Bureau, Dallas/Fort Worth (ISB-DFW), an independent affiliate of the Islamic Networks Group. Syed is a Network Engineer by profession and provides network design and subject matter expertise on wide ranging wireless technologies. Syed is also an advocate for peace, pluralism, and social justice. He is passionate about community organization and has co-founded and served on the boards of several non-profit organizations to make a difference through positive actions and contributions to society at large.





Co-Director: Hazem Yassin
Phone: 972.652.0786
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

South Eastern States

American Muslim Advisory Council
Location: Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee
Speaker Bureau Directors: Zulfat Suara & Zaynab Abdul-Razacq (click for bio and picture)

zulfat_affZulfat Suara is the Chair of the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee (AMAC). AMAC is a statewide organization founded shortly after an anti-sharia bill was introduced in the state legislature in 2011.AMAC’s mission is to foster mutual trust and respect among all people through civic engagement, community building and media relations in order to protect all Tennesseans from prejudice and targeted violence. For the past 5 years, AMAC has worked to foster collaboration among the many mosques and with the larger community. Zulfat is a Certified Public Accountant and is the Assistant Controller at Meharry Medical College. She started the Hardeman County Chapter of Junior Achievement- A program that have benefited thousands of Hardeman county students. She is a past state president of the Business and Professional Women of Tennessee, treasurer of the National Women Political Caucus and board member the PENCIL Foundation. She was appointed by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry as a commissioner on the Metro Action Commission. Among her recognition and awards is the FBI Directors community leadership award, MPower Change- 100 Muslim Social Justice Leaders in the US and Jackson Sun’s 20 Most Influential Women in West Tennessee. She was inducted into the Tennessee Women Hall of Fame in October 2015. Zulfat is married to her wonderful husband of 27 years, and they are blessed with five children.



Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Twitter: Twitter

Islamic Speakers Bureau of Alabama
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Director: Deborah Abu-Alrub (click for bio and picture)

deborah_affDr. Deborah S. Abu-Alrub was born and raised in Huntsville, AL. She is a Certified Nurse Practitioner working in oncology and earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus on depression in cancer patients. She has been an active member of the Huntsville Islamic community for over 25 years and played an active role in opening the Islamic Academy of Huntsville. She is a board member of the Interfaith Mission Service (IMS) in Huntsville, AL. Deborah has worked with IMS over the past 15 years as a speaker for interfaith dialogues as well as organizing and volunteering in community-wide events that promote understanding of diverse faiths and cultures. Deborah works with civic organizations, city leadership groups, churches, universities, and schools to help bring together members of her community through dialogue and understanding.



Phone: 256.701.3611
Email: [email protected]

Muslim Women’s Organization of Orlando
Location: Orlando, Florida
Director: Sara Safder (click for bio and picture)

sara safderSara Safder attended college at Vanderbilt University and medical school in West Virginia. Since completing a Neuroradiology fellowship in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she has been working as a physician/neuroradiologist in the Central Florida area for over six years. Sara grew up in a very rural area of southern West Virginia and feels very strongly about building interracial relationships to help educate people and reduce stereotypes and racism.






Phone: 304-617-2765
Email: [email protected]

Mid Western States

Islamic Education & Resources Network (ILearn)
Location: Canton, Michigan
Director: Dr. Soraya Orady (click for bio and picture)

soraya_affDr. Soraya Orady has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She has held several faculty, research, and consulting positions. Since 1988, Soraya has been the general manager of her own international business. She has a long record of volunteer work with the Muslim Community of Ann Arbor, Michigan, having been a member of the Board of Directors of the full time Islamic school and principal of Sunday school, and a member of the community outreach committee. Dr. Orady has given numerous presentations and public speeches about Islam and Muslim culture during the last 12 years. Her audiences have included teachers, social workers, physicians and hospital staff, university students, public school students, church members, senior citizens, and members of community centers.



Phone: 734.255.2613
Email: [email protected]

Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
President & Board Chair: Shakila T. Ahmad (click for bio and picture)

shakila_affShakila Ahmad is president of the board of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC) and an enthusiastic community leader who has dedicated herself to numerous civic and community causes. An active member of ICGC’s board of trustees since 1995, Ahmad employs the Center’s Tours and Talks program to educate law enforcement personnel, businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and community leaders about Islam and Muslims. She is a dedicated supporter of interfaith and outreach efforts, and has served as board chair of BRIDGES for a Just Community. Additionally, Ahmad serves on the executive board of directors of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the Ohio Humanities Council, YWCA Cincinnati, and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.



Director: Shabana Shakir-Ahmad (click for bio and picture)

Shabana has volunteered as the Tours and Talks Director at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC) for fifteen years. She holds an MBA degree from Xavier University. Shabana founded Cincinnati Muslim Women in 2008 with the goal of addressing public lack of understanding about Muslims and has run the charity for the past nine years. She is also the mother of three teenagers.






Phone: 513.755.3280
Email: [email protected]
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Islamic Networks Group Midwest
Location: Michigan and Northern Ohio
Director: Nuha Alfahham (click for bio and picture)

Nuha holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental-Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, and has worked as a Research and Development engineer at a leading environmentally-based manufacturing company in London, Ontario. After moving to the US, she obtained her master’s degree in Civil-Environmental Engineering from Wayne State University. Nuha currently develops and instructs environmental/sustainability classes at multiple colleges and institutions. She volunteers in humanitarian work, public schools, interfaith organizations, environmental work, and engineering organizations. Being a strong believer in diversity and inclusion, Nuha was recognized as a “Diversity Champion” by the Race Relations & Diversity Taskforce and a “Global Champion” at Bloomfield Hills Public Schools. She also serves on the Global Education Team (GET) of the International Academy of Bloomfield Hills. Nuha lives with her husband and their younger child in Oakland County, Michigan.


Phone: 248-301-2333
Email: [email protected]
Website (under development)

Speakers Bureau of Nebraska
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Director: Sharif Liwaru and Maisha Godare
Phone: 402.213.5107
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Islamic Speakers Bureau, St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Director: Maysa Albarcha
Email: [email protected]

Eastern States

Islamic Speakers Bureau of New York
Location: New York City
Director: Afshan Haque (click for bio and picture)

Afshan HaqueAfshan Haque is the founder and director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of New York, an affiliate of ING. ISB-NY serves the metro NYC area. Afshan joined the Long Island Multi Faith Forum in 2006, where she served as a speaker on interfaith panels. Afshan has been giving presentations about Islam for over ten years in New York. She’s dedicated to educating the public about Islam and Muslim culture.

Dr. Haque received her DDS degree at NYU College of Dentistry. She attended NYU College of Arts and Sciences for her undergraduate degree an is a Stuyvesant High School Alumna. She opened her dental practice in 2013 in West Harlem. Dr. Haque has volunteered in developing countries around the world providing dental care to underserved populations. She has worked with Humanitarian NGO’s around the world such as Medico, CDRS, and SOS Children’s villages. In her free time, Afshan likes to dance, travel, and spend time with friends and family.




Email: [email protected]

NJ Islamic Networks Group
Location: East Brunswick, New Jersey
Director: Seham Abdala (click for bio and picture)

Seham Abdala is an engineer by trade. She is married and has three children who were all born and raised in the USA. She worked at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson company, for over twenty years. Seham was one of the leaders who launched the first fully automated blood bank instrument in the world. She received several Johnson & Johnson R&D awards for excellent performance and teamwork. She has taught Arabic and Qur’an at the Islamic Society of Central Jersey weekend school for over twenty years. Seham took early retirement recently from Johnson & Johnson and is focusing her efforts on the New Jersey Islamic Networks Group where she serves as a volunteer officer and a certified speaker.




Phone: 732-416-7464
Email: [email protected]
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Delaware Valley Speakers Bureau
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Directors: Zehra Wamiq; Amrin Quraishi (click for bio and picture)

zehra_affZehra Wamiq is a founding member and executive director of the Delaware Valley Speakers Bureau, an ING affiliate based in Pennsylvania, serving the Greater Philadelphia area, parts of Delaware and Southern New Jersey. She has been involved in many community development projects and currently serves as co-chair on the outreach committee of Circle of Hands, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing intercultural and interfaith understanding in and around Wilmington, DE. She also serves as chair of the diversity committee of a Montessori School in Wilmington, DE. Zehra has a bachelor degree in Political Science from University of Karachi, Pakistan. She later studied Interior Design at Delaware College of Arts and Design.



Email: [email protected]
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Muslim Coalition of Connecticut
Location: Bloomfield, Connecticut
Director: Michael Karpman
Office phone: 860-242-1707
Email: [email protected]
URL: Website

Islamic Speakers Bureau of West Virginia
Location: Charleston, West Virginia
Director: Kiran Faridi
Office phone: 304-688-1728
Email: [email protected]


ING Speakers Bureau – Edmonton, Canada
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA
Director: Farah Jamil
Email: [email protected]