Board & Staff


Board of Directors
Dr. Razi Nalim, President M. Razi Nalim is Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Programs at the Purdue University School of Engineering & Technology in Indianapolis. He has over 25 years of experience in industry, academia, and government, working on energy efficiency and environmental controls, including work at NASA. He helped found research laboratories at both IUPUI and Purdue University in West Lafayette. He served overseas as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, and has traveled and lectured widely in South and Southeast Asia, and in Europe. He has been funded by the National Science Foundation to disseminate project-enhanced-learning approaches in engineering. Dr. Nalim has been awarded the Abraham Max and Frank Burley Distinguished Professorships – the highest School honors for research and service accomplishments. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Fatima Hussain, Regional Vice President Fatima Hussain graduated from Kelly School of Business at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis in 2012. She works as the Marketing and Communications Specialist at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.
Tariq Akbar, Regional Vice President [N/A]
   Azher Khan, Past President Azher Khan is a native of Karachi, Pakistan and came to the United States in 1972. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Mankato in Minnesota and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the American University in Washington, DC. In 1983 he founded Calderon Textiles, a company that distributes textiles to the textile rental, retail, cruise lines, long-term care, and hospitality industries. He is the former Treasurer of Al-Fajr Masjid, a position he held for 24 years. He is also the President of Seeds of Learning (SOL), a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to building goodwill, friendship, peace and tolerance between the peoples and cultures of Pakistan and America through education. Seeds of Learning raises funds for the construction and continued operations of the Campus of Hope, a primary school in Bai Bala, Pakistan. He also serves on the board of TCF-USA. Azher Khan lives in Carmel, Indiana and is the father of three children and has three lovely grandchildren.
Faryal Khatri, Secretary [N/A]
Ibrahim AlGhani, Treasurer [N/A]
 Dr. Julie Belz  Julie A. Belz is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, English, and World Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. She is also the director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Her academic expertise lies in the areas of intercultural communication, second language acquisition, foreign language education, and discourse analysis. She is currently pursuing an additional graduate degree in philanthropic studies in the Center on Philanthropy at IU. Dr. Belz is the director of a non-denominational food pantry at Masjid Al Fajr in Indianapolis, a member of the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Muslim Community Association (IMCA), and a member of the Founders’ Committee for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Dr. Ahmed Abdelmageed Ahmed Abdelmageed is currently the Associate Director of Experiential Education at the newly established Manchester College School of Pharmacy in Fort Wayne Indiana. He is responsible for creating and maintaining clinical sites for students to learn the art and profession of pharmacy. He is also an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy practice with a particular interest in ambulatory care.
Dr. AbdulKader Sinno AbdulKader Sinno is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.  He received his PhD from UCLA, was a postdoc at Stanford and was chosen as a Carnegie Scholar.  He teaches and does research on Muslim minorities in the West, public attitudes towards Muslim immigration, the Arab Spring, conflict in Afghanistan, and Islamist parties’ participation in elections.
Dr. Sohel Anwar Sohel Anwar is currently an associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering at IUPUI. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ in 1995 and started his professional career as a research engineer with Caterpillar, Inc. in Illinois. He went to work for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI in 1999 as a Senior R&D Engineer in the Advanced Technology department. He joined IUPUI in 2004. His wife, Shahriar, is also an engineer currently employed at Indiana Department of Transportation. They have two lovely daughters, ages 13 and 5.
Farrukh Adhami [N/A]
Hydre Abdullah [N/A]
Ismail Abdul Aleem [N/A]
Julius Mansa [N/A]
Shariq  Siddiqui Shariq Siddiqui has been involved with the Muslim Alliance of Indiana since 2004. Shariq served as a volunteer Executive Director of MAI for 6 years. He was then elected to serve as the Secretary of the Board. Shariq received his undergraduate degree from the University of Indianapolis. He received his MA in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University, his JD from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and is a Ph.D candidate in Philanthropy and Religious Studies at Indiana University. He dissertation is on the History of the Islamic Society of North America. Shariq has been involved in public service since 1996. He established his first nonprofit, The Jefferson Institute, which focused on inner-city at risk youth and issues related to civic engagement in Indianapolis. He has worked at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Julian Center. He currently serves as the Development Director at the Indiana University School of Education at IUPUI. Siddiqui is an author and has published chapters and articles on ISNA, Muslim American philanthropy, Islam and philanthropy and the impact of 9/11/2001 on Muslim American philanthropy. A practicing attorney and community leader serves on the board of various Indiana nonprofits. He was a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leadership Series and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Stanley K. Lacey Executive Leadership Series. Concerned about discourse and public policy he is the publisher and founder of SPAR (Siddiqui Public Affairs Review). He is married to Sobia Khan and father of Fatima, Amal, Safaa and Zaki. In 2012, Shariq raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as part of their Man of the Year Campaign in honor of his 3 year old son Zaki who was diagnosed with leukemia
Ibad Ansari Ibad Ansari is a Board Certified Cardiologist at Community Heart & Vascular, practicing invasive and non-invasive cardiology, with special interest in preventive cardiology. He has been practicing at Community Hospital South since 1994. He is a graduate of Aligarh Muslim University (B.Sc. Honors), Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago (Bachelor of Science in Chemistry), University of Illinois (Master of Science in Biochemistry), and American University of the Caribbean in the British West Indies (Doctor of Medicine). He received Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiology at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan, an affiliate of Wayne State University. Dr. Ansari came to the United States in 1975 and served leadership role in Muslim Students’ Association at various campuses. He has been associated with Muslim Alliance of Indiana as Founder and President since inception in 2001 until 2012. He has served on the Board of OBAT Helpers at its founding in 2004, and has been a founding member of Muslim Community Center (Masjid Al-Taqwa) at south side Indianapolis. He resides on the south side of Indianapolis, with his wife and four children.
Aliya Amin, Interim Executive Director
Ali Shafie, AmeriCorps Vista [N/A]