Imam Mohamed Magid, Chairman of the board, is the Imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Virginia. He is also the chairman of International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC). Imam Magid served as the President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Under his direction, the ADAMS Center has grown to be one of the largest Muslim community organizations in the Washington Metropolitan Area. He also occupies the Chairmanship of the Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action, and a Chaplin of George Mason University Campus Ministry.
Imam Magid a Sudanese-born American who came to the United States in 1987 attained his religious education in various Islamic disciplines as a Resident Scholar at Al-Medina Institute. Imam Magid has a long history of commitment to public service through organizations, such as The Peaceful Families Project, Annual Twinning of Mosques and Synagogues, Fairfax Faith Communities in Action, Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Assembly and the Buxton Interfaith Initiative.
Imam Magid has co-authored three books “Before You Tie the Knot: A Guide for Couples” “Reflections on the Qur’an” and “Change from Within”. He has helped training and workshops for Imams and religious leaders, domestically and internationally, on preventing extremism, upholding rights of minorities and violence against women.
He has written for the Washington Post and Huffington Post, and been profiled in Time Magazine and Wall Street Journal. He is the recipient for the Washingtonian of the Year 2009 and the Human Rights Award 2005 from Fairfax County.
Suhail A. Khan, board member, is a Senior Fellow for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement and Director of External Affairs at the Microsoft Cooperation. Suhail previously served as a senior political appointee with the Bush administration and is active with issues regarding faith and politics. He served as Policy Director and Press Secretary for U.S. Congressman Tom Campbell (R-CA), working closely on legislation regarding various issues including religious freedom. After the 2000 elections, he aided the White House Office of Public Liaison in the President’s outreach to various faith communities. Suhail served as Assistant to the Secretary for Policy under U.S. Secretary Mary Peters at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he was awarded the Secretary’s Team Award in 2005 and the Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 2007. In a volunteer capacity, Suhail has actively worked with the RNC, deploying to key races in states including Colorado, Washington, Iowa, Louisiana, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
Suhail was born in Boulder, Colorado, to parents who emigrated to Wyoming and Colorado from southern India. The oldest of five children, Suhail grew up in California, earned his high school diploma from St. Lawrence Academy in Santa Clara in 1987 (a private Catholic college preparatory school), a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991 and his J.D. from the University of Iowa in 1995.
Humera Khan is the Executive Director of Muflehun, a resource center focusing on preventing hate, extremism and violence, with a specialization in countering violent extremism (CVE).
Khan contributes in an advisory capacity to governments, multi-nationals and law enforcement agencies in several countries. She is the Chair of the GCERF IRP. Previously, Khan designed new methodologies for threat anticipation and risk assessment for the Singapore government, as well as developing energy security strategies for U.S. government clients. Currently, Khan’s work includes the design and launch of the ViralPeace program to train youth influencers on social media strategies to build communities and prevent hate, extremism and violence.
Khan holds four degrees from MIT: an MS in Technology & Policy, an MS in Nuclear Engineering, a BS in Art & Design and a BS in Nuclear Engineering. She also has an MA in Islamic Studies from the School of Islamic and Social Sciences, an affiliate seminary of the Washington Theological Consortium.
Adnan Ansari is the co-founder and Director of Programs at Muflehun. He leads all efforts in designing, piloting and implementing programs that focus on preventing hate, extremism and violence. Adnan’s institutional development experience in emerging markets is critical for implementation success and invaluable for creating new ‘markets’ in the nascent CVE prevention, intervention and re-entry arenas.
His earlier field experience in post-conflict and post-disaster environments in Eastern Africa, South Asia and MENA regions contribute to nuanced understanding of the vulnerabilities in target populations and finding contextually relevant solutions. He has a MS degree in Institutional Economics and International Development from Michigan State University and a MBA degree in Finance and Marketing from University of Karachi.