Board of Directors

Dr. Roohi Abubaker – Neurology and Psychiatry MD at Atlanta VA Medical Center

Imam Plemon El Amin – Imam Emeritus of Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam

Ms. Hiba Ghalib, Esq – Partner at Kuck Baxter Immigration Law Firm

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

The ISB Team

Advisory Council

Rev. Dr. Joanna Adams – Co-Chair, Joining Hearts and Hands Mission Initiative of the PC (USA)

Dr. Lance Askildson – Vice-Provost, Chief International Officer and Professor of Linguistics, KSU 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. Imara Canady – Regional Director, Communications and Community Engagement, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Mr. Greg Cole – Executive Director, Emmaus House

Ms. Ann Cramer – Senior Consultant, Cox Curry & Associates

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

Mr. John Horn – Partner, King  & Spalding

Dr. Nashwa Jarkas – R&D Chemistry Investigator/Lead Researcher, Emory University

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. Shelley Rose – Senior Associate Director, Anti-Defamation League

Ms. Maria Saporta – Weekly Contributor, Atlanta Business Chronicle and Founder/Publisher, SaportaReport.com

Mr. Doug Shipman – President & CEO, The Woodruff Arts Center

The ISB Team
The ISB Team

Executive Director

"She is a force of nature"
- Greg Cole, Executive Director at Emmaus House

Soumaya Khalifa,

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:

  • 2019 Academy of Women Achievers, YWCA
  • 2018 Arab American High Achiever Award, Alif Institute
  • 2017 City of Atlanta Phoenix Award, presented by Mayor Kasim Reed
  • 2012 FBI’s Community Leadership Award
  • Citizen Diplomat for the U.S. State Department
  • 2012 Invited to the annual White House Iftar hosted by President Barak Obama
  • 2015 Inducted into the College of Ministers and Laity

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.

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