ING’s Governance Boards

Board of Trustees

National

Anees Shaik, Chairman
Anees is a Technical Manager/Expert at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he manages global teams to develop and deliver software products. Prior to joining BCG, he was an independent consultant providing custom software solutions to clients in the Chicago area for over nine years. He has held a leadership position at the Islamic Center of Naperville for the past 20 years, including three terms as a board member. Guided by his faith to co-exist peacefully with individuals of diverse backgrounds, he has channeled his passion for technology and love for his community into volunteer work with several organizations around Chicago dealing with religion, interfaith relations, disabilities, and global disaster support. He is an engineer at heart and brings his knowledge and experience to help the organizations he volunteers at to solve everything from common problems to technology needs. Anees holds an Electronics & Communications Engineering degree from Bangalore University.

Alya Haq, Vice-Chair
Alya is the Founder and President of Nature's Anthem, a date farm and online retailer of dates based in Coachella Valley, CA. Prior to starting her own business, Alya began her career in finance, working for a small manufacturing business in Eugene, OR and then for a consulting firm in Boston, MA. At the consulting firm, Alya worked on several projects in the government accounting office and for the CFO's office. After moving back to California with her husband, Alya took time off to raise her three sons. She attended law school part-time and passed the California bar in 2010. Alya has volunteered for various organizations including her children's schools and universities, religious organizations and legal aid clinics. Alya holds a B.S. in Finance from Santa Clara University and a Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School.

Mansoor Ahmed, Treasurer
Mansoor is a senior technology executive in the financial technology sector working for the largest futures exchange in the US. When not dealing with the challenges of clearing billions of cash and collateral each day, Mansoor is an avid buff of history and enjoys watching historical fiction on Netflix. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Masters in computer science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He brings his passion for finance and technology to his desire to serve others and is currently leading the effort for a community financing program at the Islamic Center of Naperville, where he has served on finance and fund-raising committees. He served as treasurer for the PTA board of his daughter's middle school and was active for several years in the Tall Grass Home Owners Association in Naperville, serving on the board as well as on the community relations committee. He enjoys opportunities to develop enrichment activities for underprivileged students and helped his high school daughter pilot an enrichment program at a nearby school district.

Hedab Tarifi, Vice-Treasurer
Hedab holds an MBA in E-Business from the University of Phoenix and a BS in Computer Software Engineering from the University of Florida. She has been active in the Muslim and interfaith communities in Southern California since 1994, working to build bridges and bringing people together. She has served on the board of several Muslim and Interfaith nonprofit organizations, including the Shura Council of Southern California, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Islamic Center of Southern California, University Religious Conference at UCLA, and the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders. In June 2018 Hedab was honored by the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Garcetti, and the Human Relations Commission for her leadership and community contributions to elevate interfaith relations. 

Shakila Ahmad, Secretary
Shakila is Director of Business at the Allergy & Asthma Specialty Center in West Chester, Ohio and a community advocate. She served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati for 5 years and established its outreach work at inception. She serves on boards of Xavier University, University of Cincinnati Foundation, Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate, and national Muslim Jewish Advisory Council. Her civic engagement has included board leadership in many organizations including the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, YWCA, United Way. FBI multicultural advisory council and Ohio Humanities Council. Her awards include Cincinnati Enquirer women of the year, Women to Watch, Leadership Cincinnati Outstanding Alumni, Hebrew Union College Friendship Award, and holds an honorary PhD from Mount St. Joseph University.

Tabassum Haleem, Chief Executive Officer
Tabassum is the Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Networks Group (ING). She also oversees a family startup in the development and distribution of innovative products centered on health and well-being. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Master of Public Policy and Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Tabassum serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the Board of LGC's Leadership Fellows Association. Tabassum is a recipient of the Minorities in Public Policy Studies Alumni Award from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, and a McCormick Tribune Urban Policy Leadership Fellow. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) and as a co-Chair for DuPage United, a community organizing group, and on the Advisory Committee for the Naperville Chamber of Commerce-Green Leadership Council.

Arshad Ahmed
Arshad is a seasoned executive with leadership experience in startups, venture capital and private equity, and strengths in general counseling, board and corporate governance, regulatory compliance, commercial contracts, and all manner of financings and complex M&A. Arshad weaved his way through law and business, serving at two AmLaw10 law firms: Latham & Watkins LLP, where he started his legal career, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he later ascended to partner. Thereafter he transitioned from lawyer to fund manager, launching a VC fund that invested in emerging companies connected to SAMENA (South Asia, Middle East, North Africa). He serves on numerous corporate boards. Arshad has also taught law and legal theory at various top-tier law schools, offering courses on private equity, venture capital, and contemporary Islamic finance and banking. He has volunteered over the years with organizations advancing traditional knowledge, protecting religious liberty, and challenging bigotry and exclusion. Arshad holds a B.S. in engineering from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania.

Moustafa Badreldin
Moustafa is a commercial lawyer at LinkedIn, where he manages the commercial legal team dedicated to advertising on the social media platform. Prior to joining LinkedIn, he was an Associate at Law firms Crowell & Moring and Baker Hostetler, where he supported his client’s marketing and advertising initiatives. He has held leadership positions in Muslim American Society and the Muslim Student Associations both at Rutgers University and MSA-National. He has leveraged his experience and active engagement with his local community to serve on various mosques and social welfare programs. He has a tech and intellectual property background and holds an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor degree from Pace Law School. He enjoys learning about Islamic history and is passionate about educating students on the topic.

Munes Tomeh
Munes is an in-house patent attorney at a California-based wireless communications technology company. Prior to his current role, Munes worked as an associate in a patent specialty law firm. After earning a bachelor's degree in physics from UC Berkeley and before earning a master's degree in engineering from Arizona State University, Munes spent two years studying Arabic, Islamic theology, and Islamic law in Spain and Mauritania. Munes's interest in bringing the Islamic scholarly tradition into present-day conversations led him to the study of law at UC Berkeley (BerkeleyLaw) after a brief engineering career. Munes also had the privilege of teaching Islamic legal philosophy and U.S. Constitutional law at Zaytuna College from 2014 to 2016. Munes lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three children with whom he enjoys listening to audiobooks, carpentry, gardening, and hiking.

Trustee Emeritus

Maha Elgenaidi
Maha is the founder of ING and 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. She received an M.A. in religious studies from Stanford University and B.A in political science and economics from the American University in Cairo. She has taught classes on Islam in the modern world in universities such as the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations, the “Citizen of the Year Award” from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and the "Dorothy Irene Height Community Award" from the NAACP-Silicon Valley. She’s currently a member of the Council of Advisors for the Freedom Forum that helps shape American views on the First Amendment; the County of Santa Clara's Hate Crimes Task Force; and, the Ethnic Studies Committee of ARUSD in San Jose, CA.

Board of Directors

San Francisco Bay Area

Raania Mohsen, Chair
Raania is the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of Vice Mayor Chappie Jones, City of San Jose. She has worked for over 16 years as a public policy and government relations professional in local and state agencies throughout the Bay Area. Through her numerous roles, including with the former State Senator Elaine Alquist and the Cities Association of Santa Clara County, she has been instrumental in advancing regional policies addressing affordable housing, transportation, and economic development. Prior to joining the Islamic Networks Group (ING) Board of Directors in 2019, Raania consulted with ING as the Community Engagement Manager and continues to volunteer with the Islamic Speakers Bureau. She is active in her community and received both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and MBA Degrees from Santa Clara University.

Olamide Abiose
Olamide is a Neuroscience PhD student who joined the Mormino Laboratory in December 2019. Her research is focused on the relationship between stress biomarkers and Alzheimer’s disease pathology, as well as brain network topology. Afterwards, she received a Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before joining the lab, she worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Law, Brain & Behavior. She received her bachelor's in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014.

Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi
Venerable Tenzin, a Buddhist monastic who received her vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over 40 years, primarily in the Tibetan tradition. She completed a six-year solitary meditation retreat in 2006, and since then has been teaching at Buddhist centers in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Ven. Tenzin is based at Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel, California where she teaches both Buddhist philosophy and meditation and secular contemplative trainings. She is passionate about social justice and is also actively involved in teaching Buddhist meditation and philosophy in prisons. In addition to teaching Buddhist philosophy, she is a certified teacher of Stanford's Compassion Cultivation Training and also the Cultivating Emotional Balance program.

Brisa Camacho-Lovell
Brisa is a middle school Spanish teacher, 8th grade advisor, and social justice educator at Redwood Day in Oakland. Both in and out of the classroom, Brisa enjoys engaging with and learning from her middle schoolers around themes of equity and inclusion, and is only ever hopeful when hearing their perspectives on the surrounding world. Brisa received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in World Politics and Hispanic Studies from Hamilton College.

Katy Dickinson
Katy is the Founder of Mentoring Standard and has designed and managed successful professional mentoring programs globally. She is an Episcopalian Christian and serves as the Diocesan Coordinator for the Education for Ministry theology education program in the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real. Katy Dickinson is an Accredited Mentor by the University of the South – School of Theology’s Education for Ministry program (since 2011), was a member of the Anita Borg Institute Advisory Board for 10 years, and was a lecturer for 12 years for a University of California at Berkeley – Engineering class on entrepreneurship. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley and will graduate with her Masters in Christian Theology, and a Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change, from the Graduate Theological Union in Spring 2021.

Rabbi Amy Eilberg
Rabbi Amy is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi and serves as a spiritual director, kindness coach, and peace and justice educator. She recently served as the Coordinator of Jewish Engagement for Faith in Action Bay Area, a multi-faith, multi-racial social justice organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to that she served as the director of the Pardes Rodef Shalom (Pursuer of Peace) Communities Program, teaching Jewish civil discourse to rabbis, synagogues and Jewish organizations. Her book, From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, was published by Orbis Books in March 2014. She received her Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2016.

Eahab Ibrahim
Eahab is a software engineer at Google. He is passionate about interreligious dialog, and understanding different religions on their own terms. Eahab holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of California-San Diego.

Sameer Makada
Sameer is a Managing Partner for a real estate development firm focused on residential and commercial properties. He is also a Staff Program Manager at LinkedIn, where he manages a series of complex projects within the Site Engineering division. Prior to LinkedIn, he worked at NetApp and cofounded several startups. He holds a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Kentucky.

Lyla Rayyan
Lyla is a public relations manager at Salesforce. Prior to Salesforce, she worked for a San Francisco-based public relations agency, SutherlandGold Group, earning media coverage for clients including Zendesk, Apigee, Revolve Clothing and ClassDojo. Lyla is passionate about diversity in media and the environment and volunteers regularly at local schools. Lyla holds Bachelor of Art degrees in Communications and International Relations from the University of California-Davis.

David Renie
David is the founder of Metawork. Previously, he worked at Coinbase, Google, and Facebook. He has traveled regularly to the Middle East and North Africa to speak at conferences and support tech communities in the region. David holds Bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park.