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

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). She founded the ISB 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. She works at the University of California, San Diego where she is currently a Financial Analyst. She is a wife and the mother of two wonderful boys, ages twenty-one and thirteen.



Phone: 858.752.8788

Islamic Speakers Bureau of Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Director: Afaf Turjoman
Phone: 805.403.6213

Seattle Islamic Speakers Bureau
Location: Seattle, WA
Directors: Fouzi Husaini and Reema Qadry (click for bio and picture)

fouzi_affreema_affFouzi was a community activist and volunteer trainer/veteran speaker for the Seattle Islamic Speakers Bureau’s (SISB) parent organization ING for 15 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. After moving to Seattle he co-founded the SISB. Fouzi has conducted Islamic Speakers Bureau Trainings for over 10 years for various organizations across the United States. As a veteran speaker, he has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools, colleges, universities, churches, and other venues on Islam and related subjects.

Reema has volunteered for various organizations in the the San Francisco Bay Area for over 10 years. She was a volunteer speaker/trainer for the Seattle Islamic Speakers Bureau’s parent organization ING and was a founding member of the GiveLight Foundation. She co-founded SISB after moving to Seattle. Reema has conducted Islamic Speakers Bureau Trainings for over 6 years for various organizations across the United States. As a veteran speaker, she has delivered many presentations in schools, colleges, universities, churches, and other venues on Islam and related subjects.

Phone: 206.552.8179


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

Colorado Muslim Speakers Bureau
Location: Denver, Colorado
Directors: Nabeeh Hasan & Meraj Abdul Qadir (click for bio)

Nabeeh 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. 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

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
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Islamic Speakers Bureau of Greater Houston
Location: Houston, Texas
Director: Vaseem Ansari
Phone: 703.678.1444


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 Founder and 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. Zulfat is a Certified Public Accountant and is the President/CEO of Advance Business Consultants, CPA. She is a past state president of the Business and Professional Women of Tennessee and is one of very few presidents in the organization’s 90 year history to serve two consecutive terms. She currently serves as the treasurer for the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus and the Vice-Chair for the Hardeman County Democratic Women. In 2010, she was honored as one of the 20 Most Influential Women in West Tennessee for her community involvement. Zulfat is married to her wonderful husband of 25 years, and they are blessed with five children.



Executive Director: Paul Galloway

Council of Islamic Organizations of Kentucky (CIOK)
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Director: Maqsood Ahmed
Phone: 502.554.1651

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


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

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
Phone: 513.755.3280

Speakers Bureau of Nebraska
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Director: Sharif Liwaru
Phone: 402.213.5107

Islamic Speakers Bureau, St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Director: Maysa Albarcha


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 is dedicated to educating the public about Islam and Muslims in America.

Afshan is a dentist by profession. Dr. Haque was trained at New York University College of Dentistry. Her practice is located in West Harlem. When she’s not drilling teeth or talking about Islam, you can find Afshan doing laps at her local pool.





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

seham1_affSeham 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

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.




Muslim Coalition of Connecticut
Location: Bloomfield, Connecticut
Director: Aida Mansoor
Phone: 860-242-1707



ING Speakers Bureau – Edmonton, Canada
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA
Director: Farah Jamil