ING’s Governance Boards

Board of Trustees

Manal Fakhoury, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees
Manal is the President and CEO of Fakhoury Leadership International. Her civic engagement includes sitting on a dozen community boards of organization and businesses that include United Voices for America, Go Red for Women, HUGS Charities, United Way, Ocala Chamber of Commerce, Toastmasters, and Sun Trust. Her awards include Person of the Year and has been named in Ocala Magazine’s Women of Influence for several years. Manal enjoys traveling, exercising and is currently working on her Midnight Blue Belt. She is a also a certified hypnotherapist and executive coach. Manal earned her doctorate and bachelors degrees in Pharmacy from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Webster University.

Maha Elgenaidi
Maha Elgenaidi is the founder and CEO of the organization. She is the author of training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims as well as training seminars for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. A senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and recently named by the San Jose Business Journal as one of Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence, Maha has been recognized with numerous civil rights awards, including the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations and the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. She earned a master’s degree in Religious Studies from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the American University in Cairo.

Shakila Ahmed
Shakila is Director of Business at the Allergy & Asthma Specialty Center in West Chester, Ohio as well as President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati. She also serves as Vice Chair of the YWCA Cincinnati, heading Racial Justice, and is a member of the board of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the regional FBI multicultural task force. She is founder of the Muslim Mothers Against Violence initiative as well as the Tours & Talks Education and Outreach programs at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati. Her civic engagement has included board leadership in a dozen non-profit organizations including the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. She is also a member of Leadership Cincinnati and among her many awards is the Cincinnati Enquirer Professional Women to Watch 2014.

Tabassum Haleem
Tabassum A. Haleem is the Executive Director of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC). Prior to joining CIOGC, she was Director of Government Relations at PolyBrite International Inc, working with federal and state officials in advocacy for LED lighting. Ms. Haleem was President of her own Audit, Accounting and Tax Firm; Regional Controller of BMW NA; and, Financial Analyst at Paramount Pictures Corp. Tabassum also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Naperville Education Foundation and the Advisory Committee for the Naperville Chamber of Commerce-Green Leadership Council. She is also a fellow of the Leadership Greater Chicago and McCormick Tribune Urban Policy Leadership, and has served as a co-Chair for DuPage United. She is a certified CPA, and holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Zehra Wamiq
Zehra 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.

Members at Large – Scholars (click to expand)

Imam Tahir Anwar
South Bay Islamic Association

Imam Tahir Anwar is an American Muslim Imam (religious leader) who has been around Imams since the day he was born. Namely his father and grandfather (his first teachers), and his two brothers, who are also both Imams in California. Born in London, Imam Tahir moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1983 and made San Jose his home. Upon completing his religious studies in India, he has been serving as the Imam of one of the oldest mosques in the country, the Islamic Center of San Jose, since 2001. He is also the head of the Islamic Studies Department, and a teacher at Granada Islamic School in nearby Santa Clara, an institution in its 26th year. After serving on the Human Rights Commission for the City of San Jose for over 5 years, Imam Tahir now serves on the Human Relations Commission for the County of Santa Clara. He also sits on Zaytuna College’s Management Committee as well as other panels and boards. Imam Tahir has been leading a group to perform Hajj for several years, with CNN twice covering this pilgrimage. He currently resides in San Jose, California with his wife and two sons.

Reza Aslan, PhD
Scholar of religions and author

Dr. Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is a contributing editor at the Daily Beast. Reza Aslan has degrees in Religions from Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He serves on the board of directors of the Ploughshares Fund, which gives grants for peace and security issues; Abraham’s Vision, an interfaith peace organization; PEN USA, which champions the rights of writers under siege around the world; and he serves on the national advisory board of the Levantine Cultural Center, building bridges between Americans and the Arab/Muslim world. Aslan’s first book is the International Bestseller, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which has been translated into thirteen languages, and named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in a Globalized Age), and editor of an upcoming anthology from Norton titled Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East.

Aslan is President and CEO of Aslan Media Inc, whose holdings include BoomGen Studios, a mini-motion picture and media company focused entirely on entertainment about the Greater Middle East and its Diaspora communities. Born in Iran, he now lives in Los Angeles where he is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Shahzad Bashir, PhD
Stanford University

Dr. Bashir is Associate Professor, Graduate Director and head of the Abbasi Islamic Studies Program at Stanford University. He specializes in Islamic Studies with primary interests in Sufism, Shi’ism, and the intellectual and social history of Persianate Islamic societies (Iran and Central and Southern Asia). He is the author of Messianic Hopes and Mystical Visions: the Nurbakhsiya Between Medieval and Modern Islam and Fazlallah Astarabadi and the Hurufis. He has recently finished a book project entitled Bodies of God’s Friends: Sufis in Persianate Islamic Societies and is currently working on a comparative study of Persian historical and hagiographic narratives from the late medieval to early modern period.

Imam Alaeddin El-Bakri
Saratoga Islamic Center

Imam Alaeddin El-Bakri began his study of Islam at a young age in North Africa and continued his education in the Islamic sciences in Jordan, learning from predominant scholars in the Muslim world. He has served the Muslim community in the United States in numerous capacities, serving as Imam at several Islamic centers and helping to establish full-time and weekend Islamic schools. He has also served as founding board member of IMAN (Inner City Muslim Action Network) in Chicago, as a book editor for IQRA and also as an advisory board member in many Islamic organizations. Having been trained in both the Islamic sciences and secular education, Imam Alaeddin has the ability to appeal to various audiences and his main focus is in helping Muslims develop a deep understanding of the self, life and faith. He currently serves as Imam at the Saratoga mosque in California.

Sister Marianne Farina, PhD
Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Marianne Farina, CSC, Ph.D. is a religious sister of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana. She is an assistant professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California. Sister Marianne teaches courses that focus on subjects such as Social Ethics, Virtue, Sexual Ethics, Philosophical Ethics, Islamic Philosophy, Human Rights, Faith Formation, and Muslim-Christian Dialogue. She received a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology from Santa Clara University and a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Boston College. Sister Marianne worked for 11 years in Bangladesh as a teacher, pastoral assistant and school supervisor. While in Bangladesh she ministered with Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Tribal families and communities. With more than 25 years of experience in education and pastoral ministry, Sister Marianne has worked in education and social development projects that promote social justice and interfaith dialogue. Over the last three years, she has traveled in Africa and Indonesia as a delegate and teacher covering topics such as “Religion and Democracy,” “Methods for Cross-Cultural Understanding,” “Interfaith Dialogue,” and “Human Rights.”

Charles Haynes, PhD
First Amendment Center

Dr. Charles C. Haynes is director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum. He writes and speaks extensively on religious liberty and religion in American public life. Haynes is best known for his work on First Amendment issues in publ
ic schools. Over the past two decades, he has been the principal organizer and drafter of consensus guidelines on religious liberty in schools, endorsed by a broad range of religious and educational organizations. In January 2000, three of these guides were distributed by the U.S. Department of Education to every public school in the nation. (See also A Parent’s Guide to Religion in the Public Schools, A Teacher’s Guide to Religion in the Public Schools and Public Schools & Religious Communities.) Haynes is the author or co-author of six books, including First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights in America (2006) and Religion in American Public Life. His column, Inside the First Amendment, appears in newspapers nationwide. He is a founding board member of the Character Education Partnership and serves on the steering committee of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools and the American Bar Association Advisory Commission on Public Education. He chairs the Committee on Religious Liberty of the National Council of Churches. Widely quoted in news magazines and major newspapers, Haynes is also a frequent guest on television and radio. He has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal and on ABC’s “Evening News.” In 2008 he received the Virginia First Freedom Award from the Council for America’s First Freedom. Haynes holds a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate from Emory University.

Farid Senzai, PhD
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and Santa Clara University

Farid Senzai is a Fellow and the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU). He is also an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Santa Clara University. Senzai has been a research associate at the Brookings Institution, where he studied U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East, and a research analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations, working on the Muslim Politics project. He served as a consultant for Oxford Analytica and the World Bank and is on the advisory board of The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Senzai received his M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in politics and international relations from Oxford University. Farid is married with one child.

Imam Faheem Shuaibe
Waritheen Islamic Center

Imam Shuaibe serves the Oakland community in California and is an accomplished speaker, delivering lectures on many college and university campuses and participating on several television panels. He is also the author of many books as well as hundreds of recorded lectures. As a world traveler who has made hajj and umrah twice, Imam Shuaibe has participated in several international delegations on various educational, interfaith, and peace missions. These trips included visits to Saudi Arabia, Rome, Sudan, and Malaysia. Often cited by the media, Imam Shuaibe has been interviewed by the Muslim Journal, the Oakland Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the New York Times and many other media agencies including KPIX-TV where the Waritheen Mosque and Clara Mohammed School were featured in a weeklong special on Muslims. In recognition of Imam Shuaibe’s insightful and compassionate leadership for over 20 years, he has received the keys to several cities across the country, the Phi Beta Sigma’s Notable Citizen award, and special recognition from the Waritheen Mosque where he frequently hosts the radio and television programs.

Board of Directors

David Renie, Chair, Development Committee
David Renie is a software engineer at Google helping build Google’s mobile products. Previously, he was a software engineer at Facebook. David travels regularly to the Middle East and North Africa to speak at conferences and support tech communities in the region. His work at Google includes Search Infrastructure, Google Desktop, Google Toolbar, and Google Plus. David holds Bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mohammed Darwish, Chair, Programs Committee
Mohammed Darwish is a senior manager at Meru Networks with over twenty years of experience in Fortune 100 telecom and computer networking companies, IBM, Siemens and Cisco. He holds three technology patents and has held various staff and managerial positions leading global teams in the US, Europe, India and China. Mohammed was born to parents from two different countries and religions, holds a black belt in Taekwondo, has traveled throughout the US, Europe, Middle East, Far East, and South America. Mohammed has a Masters degree in Telecommunications from University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University.

Rehmat Kharal
Rehmat Kharal is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. She continued her studies at Humber College in Toronto where she earned a Post-Graduate Degree in International Marketing and Finance, graduating in the top 1% of her class. Rehmat worked in sales and as a corporate trainer for several years, winning many sales and training awards. In 2012, she received the Martin Luther King Drum Major for Service Award from President Barack Obama. Rehmat has been featured in the San Jose Mercury News and several parenting publications. She has also been a part of ING’s Speakers Bureaus since 2007.

Shehnaz Khan, Chair, Personnel Committee
Shehnaz Khan is an attorney working in the area of family law. She is currently employed by the Superior Court of Santa Clara County as an extra help staff attorney at the Self Help Center in San Jose. She is also trained as a domestic violence counselor and has worked as an advocate in the field of domestic violence.

Eahab Ibrahim
Eahab Ibrahim is an engineer at Google. He obtained his B.S. degree in Computer Science of the University of California, San Diego, where he served as president of the Muslim Student Association in his last year at the school. Since moving to the Bay Area, he has worked at Yahoo! and now Google. Eahab is an avid reader of religion in the contemporary world and has a personal interest in the truths underlying all religions.

Helena Miller
Helena Miller received a B.A. in History and Religious Studies from Fordham University and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She participated in Harvard’s Program in Religious Studies and Education to promote religious literacy, particularly at the level of secondary education. She teaches in the Religious Studies department of St. Ignatius College Preparatory School.