Continuing the Legacy and Changing the Narrative

The ISB developed the 100 Influential Georgia Muslims program to showcase the achievements and diversity of Georgia’s Muslim community. We are proud of our community’s success in many sectors of our society: corporate leaders, volunteer activists, medical practitioners, educators, high-tech entrepreneurs, and public servants.

Family, hard work, education, perseverance, compassion, achievement and service to others drive the Influential Georgia Muslims. They are mentors and role models, passing on what they have learned from their mentors and role models. Each Influential pairs his/her professional accomplishments with a deep commitment to serving others.









The 100 Influential Georgia Muslims are examples to us all.



Honorees 2021



Honorees 2014



Saleemah Abdur-Ghafur


Director, Chief-of-Staff, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

"There are so many known and unknown ways I have been blessed by others’ generosity."

Samia Abdulle


Community Activist, Equity and Inclusion Consultant

"I carry my ancestors on my shoulders, honor their work and elevate their contributions.  I work to honor them not me."

Hossam “Sam” Abouzeid


Managing Director - KPMG Deal Advisory

"We weren’t created to be alone in the universe, so we must be grateful for all the other people."

Amir Ahmed


Editor and Producer, CNN

"So long as I can find people who share an understanding of truth and justice, I will always have friends."

Nadim Ali


Therapist, Imam, Founding Director of the National Black Muslim COVID Coalition.

"Sometimes you just need to make some noise."

Toqeer Chouhan


The Chouhan Law Firm, Founding Partner

"When I feel too comfortable, I know that it’s time to challenge myself."

Dr. Saadiq El-Amin, MD, PhD


El-Amin Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute, Professor of Regenerative Medicine at Georgia Gwinnett College and Medical Director at the Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center.

"I love that I get to help you get back to doing what you love."

Amani Elghoroury


Volunteer leader: Muslim response to hunger, Nurse at the Cancer Treatment Center

"Never let an opportunity to do something good pass you by."

Aladien Fadel


Muslim Community Leader, Augusta, Georgia

"Finding commonalities in different faiths has created more opportunities and given me lots of friends."

Reem Fareed


Director-Technology at AT&T

"I learned at an early age that it’s not special to help people and be part of a community, it’s normal."

Tariq Farid


CEO of Edible Arrangements

"The more we achieve the more challenges there are to overcome."

Omar Hamid


Co-founder and CDO at LaunchGood and Sanda

"My parents always took me seriously. Even as a child, they were interested in my ideas and encouraged me to connect."

Ahmad Hashem


CEO, Boston Biopharma, Roswell, GA

"I balance the drive for innovation with the drive for helping others."

Chama Ibrahim


Director, Noor Family Services

"I’m kind of stubborn. If I believe in something I do it."

Kashef Ijaz


Vice President, Health Programs, The Carter Center

"Making small differences can go a long way."

Salima Jaffer


President of the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern USA

"As a leader, my main purpose is supporting others to get their jobs done."

Heval Kelli


Cardiologist, Northside Hospital; Adjunct Prof of Public Health, GSU

"If you invest in people, God invests in you."

Ahmad Khaldi, MD


Director of Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery at Wellstar Medical Group

"My mentors saw something in me that I didn’t see before."

Zahir Ladhani


Past Vice President of the Ismaili Council for the United States, and Managing Partner, Velocity Strategic Consulting

"The more you serve, the happier you become as a human being."

Cheikh Mboup


President & COO, Edible Brands

"True leaders remove the barriers to success so those who they work with then reach their full potential."

M. Yusuf Mohamed


Deputy General Counsel, Tesla Inc.

"Authenticity and honesty in behavior and character are the greatest values. Most of us don’t have the mental bandwidth to lead divided lives."

Shamim A Mohammad


Physician Assistant and Shifa Care Clinic volunteer director

"The way I treat patients is a reflection of my faith: always show compassion and empathy."

Nadeem Moiz


CFO at Select Interior Concepts

"How can I use my financial and business skill set to help people who can’t see any opportunity for success?"

Jelena Naim


Principal of Al-Falah Academy

"Teachers inspire the next generation of Muslims to take their rightful place at the American Table."

S. Rashid Naim, PhD


Director Undergraduate Studies Department of Political Science Georgia State University

"The speed of change is astounding, as is the next generation’s optimism for a better world."

Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy


Founding Director of Madina Institute, Madina Seminary, and Planet Mercy

"If I stop learning today, I cannot teach tomorrow."

Rashid Nuri


Founder of Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture

"My epitaph should read: Made a Constructive Contribution.”

Muzaffar Quraishi


Global Sales Manager at Fed Ex

"One moment of kindness changed everything."

The Honorable Sheikh Rahman


Georgia State Senator (D -5)

"It’s not easy to be first. When you’re different, it isn’t easy for people to accept you. It takes hard work to get beyond that."

Sally Ramadan


Sr. Security & Privacy Compliance Manager at Verifone

"It’s important to embrace new experiences."

Emad Sabbah


President & Co-Founder at Ethaar

"It’s amazing to see someone’s life change right before your eyes, once they have the tools."

Asif Saberi


Medical Director of Critical Care and ECMO at Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center

"Make it a life-long mission to learn one new thing every day."

Aisha Saeed


New York Times bestselling author

"Our stories have the power to change the world."

Dr. Nabile Safdar


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), Radilogist; Emory Healthcare: Radiologist, Director of the Division of Imaging Informatics; ISB Board chair

"We want to be around people who do good work and motivate us to do good work."

Dr. Atef Salam


Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery, Emory School of Medicine

"Follow and learn from others, that is how to evolve and become a teacher yourself."

Ahmed Salama


CEO - Oriental Weavers USA

"Success comes from choosing the right people and investing everything in them."

Safiyyah Shahid


Retired Principal of Mohammed Schools

"I’m a teacher, but the classroom is really the place for me to learn."

Mulham Shbeib


VPF / CFO @ Mar-Jac Poultry/Mar-Jac Holdings

"It’s important to connect with people; you can find a way to relate to anyone."

Fahim Siddiqui


Sr VP at The Home Depot

"What if the next person I meet is from God?"

Charles Whatley


Managing Director, UrbanIS-USA

"We have value beyond our own lifetime."

Faraz Zubairi


Founder and CEO of ExamMed, CEO of Treehouse Holdings

"I’ve gotten to where I am because smarter people showed me the way."

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