Ms. Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim – Chief Equity Officer, City of Atlanta
Imam Plemon El Amin – Imam Emeritus of Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam
Mr. Faraz Iqbal – Chief Operating Officer at Naranga
Dr. Nabile Safdar – Vice Chair of Informatics, Department of Radiology at Emory University
Mr. Akil Secret, Esq – Founder, The Secret Firm, P.C.
Mr. Amin Tomeh – Principal at Matrix Engineering Group, Inc.
Dr. Ahmad Hashem – Chief Executive Officer, Boston Biopharma, Inc
Mr. Omar Hamid – Co-Founder of LaunchGood
Dr. Naim Shaheed – Podiatrist, Georgia Ankle and Foot Centers
Mr. Mohammad Azam – Vice President – Corporate Internal Audit, Compliance & Ethics, UPS
Rabbi Peter Berg – Senior Rabbi, The Temple
Mr. Kenny Blank – Executive Director, The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Mr. Bill Bolling – Founder, Atlanta Food Bank
Mr. Imara Canady – National Director, Communications & Community Engagement, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Mr. Greg Cole – Executive Director, Emmaus House
Ms. Ann Cramer – Senior Consultant, Cox Curry & Associates
Mr. Curley Dossman – President, Georgia-Pacific Foundation
Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley – Pastor Emeritus, Providence Missionary Baptist Church
Mr. Jason F. Esteves – Assistant General Counsel, Equifax and President, Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education
Honorable Patti Garrett – Mayor, City of Decatur
Ms. Hiba Ghalib, Esq – At Counsel, Kuck Baxter Immigration Law Firm
Mr. David Hoffman – Associate Director, Anti-Defamation League Southeast
Mr. John Horn – Partner, King & Spalding
Mr. Chuck Kuck – Partner, Kuck Baxter Immigration Law Firm
Dr. Conrado Marion Landais – Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Georgia Power Company
Ms. Michelle Maziar – Director of Welcoming Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of Atlanta
Mr. Reese McCranie – Deputy Chief Equity Officer, City of Atlanta
Ms. Deborah Richardson – Principal, Deborah Richardson & Associates
Ms. Maria Saporta – Weekly Contributor, Atlanta Business Chronicle and Founder/Publisher, SaportaReport.com
Mr. Doug Shipman – President & CEO, The Woodruff Arts Center
Dr. Sheb True – Interim Associate Vice Provost, Kennesaw State University
along with a group of Atlantans, launched the Islamic Speakers Bureau (ISB) of Atlanta in August 2001. As the current Executive Director of ISB, she serves the Muslim and wider community by building bridges of understanding, creating interfaith partnerships, developing community leaders, and creating spaces for mutual understating and respect. Under Soumaya’s leadership, the ISB has developed its core programming and launched other key initiatives, including ISB Leadership Institute (ISBLI), 100 Influential Georgia Muslims, and 40 Under 40 Georgia Muslims. In 2017, Soumaya created a partnership with the Atlanta Mayor’s Office to host the ISB’s first ever Ramadan Iftar hosted at Atlanta’s City Hall and in 2018, the second Atlanta Mayor's Iftar was attended by over 250 people.
Soumaya has received many awards and recognitions for her work with the ISB:
In addition to her work with the ISB, Khalifa is president of her intercultural consulting firm Khalifa Consulting. Soumaya is also an adjunct faculty member at Emory University’s Center for Continuing Education where she offers courses on intercultural communication and Human Resources Certification. Khalifa serves on Grady Foundation’s Grady Ambassadors, the board of the Concordia Forum, and is a past board member of AIB TV and SIETAR USA.
Participating in the ISBLI 2020 course has deepened and widened my understanding of myself and how to grow into the leader I aspire to become. I grew up with many privileges owing to my father’s job in the esteemed...
ISBLI intentionally brought together a diverse group of people from various cultural, ethnic, religious, socio-economic, occupational, ideological, and intellectual backgrounds. The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta (ISB) has cultivated space for Muslims to lend their voices to the work...