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Board of Directors

We are expanding!  If you are passionate about education and interested in making a meaningful impact to the lives of young adults, we are accepting applications to join the Board of Directors.  Please send an email to info@averroesinstitute.com with a copy of your resume and a brief description of why you would like to join.

  Tahir Anwar

Imam Tahir Anwar is an American Muslim Imam (religious leader). Born in London, Imam Tahir moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1983 and made San Jose his home. Upon completing his religious studies in India, he has been serving as the Imam of one of the oldest masjids in the country, the Islamic Center of San Jose, since 2001.He is also the head of the Islamic Sciences Department, and a teacher at Granada Islamic School in nearby Santa Clara, an institution in its 26th year. After serving on the Human Rights Commission for the City of San Jose for over 5 years, Imam Tahir now serves on the Human Relations Commission for the County of Santa Clara. He also sits on Zaytuna College’s Management Committee as well as other panels and boards. Tahir Anwar currently resides in San Jose, California with his wife and two sons.

Reem Bilbeisi

Reem Bilbeisi has a BA degree in Education with teaching credentials in secondary business/technology education from Eastern Michigan University. Reem has previously taught at both the high school and middle school level, and also has experience teaching in public, private and charter schools. She has shown a passion for the youth by leading youth mentor groups and events and counseling many students. Currently Reem has a Masters from the Principal Leadership Institute from UC Berkeley which allows her to be authorized in the following areas of service: superintendent, associate superintendent, deputy superintendent, principal, assistant principal, dean, supervisor, consultant, and school coordinator.

 Ateka Ali

Co-founder Ateka Ali -  Born and raised in Chicago, Ateka Ali completed her BA in International Studies with concentration in Middle Eastern Studies from DePaul University. She earned her MA in secondary Social Sciences and earned M.Ed in Bilingual Bicultural studies. Ateka, a Fulbright scholar to Amman, Jordan researched “metacognition” in second-language learners. She has gained a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of second-language acquisition, as well as other related educational theories and practices. She resides in the Bay Area with her husband and two kids.

Faten Hijazi

Faten Hijazi is a long-time Bay Area resident who has worked 15+ years in the technology sector.  She has a BS degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA from Santa Clara University.  After spending many years in hardware design and program management, she served as the general manager for a business line of a semiconductor company where she was responsible for marketing strategy and revenue growth.  She currently works at a large Internet/technology company to help optimize the technical infrastructure that runs all of their data centers.  She is passionate about working with youth and enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

 Ahmed Kasem

Mr. Kasem is the managing partner of Kasem Ko & Ahmed Law Firm. His practice is engaged primarily in competitive business practice issues, including general business litigation and transactional representation. Mr. Kasem’s practice emphasizes commercial and contract litigation, unfair competition and trade secret litigation, intellectual property, licensing, joint ventures, partnerships, and corporate and partnership dissolution. Mr. Kasem has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including medicine and medical devices, security services, software and hardware technology, e-commerce, wholesale and distribution, real estate development, and retail. Although his client base is in both Northern and Southern California, he also represents clients’ interests nationally and internationally. Prior to forming Kasem Ko & Ahmed, Mr. Kasem spent over five years in the commercial litigation department of a large international law firm. Over his career, Mr. Kasem has litigated matters involving a broad spectrum of claims, including unfair competition, labor and employment, commercial transactions, intellectual property, and environmental disputes. He has also provided general counseling services to various small and mid-size businesses.

 Safaa Ibrahim

Safaa’s early career path emerged as a project manager in web solutions. As she committed her leisure time towards community volunteerism, she searched for an altruistic purpose in her vocation and shifted her focus towards the advancement of civic and social non-profit causes. Safaa is recognized as a leadership resource with result-focused talents in institutional and infrastructure development. Her innovative, analytical and design oriented approaches deliver vital long-term health to non-profit organizations seeking to solidify their infrastructural and institutional framework. Her years of experience at the helm of four nonprofit organizations, provides her the desirable ability to increase organizational efficiency and financial competence while building and retaining resources. Her focus is on structure, strategy, environment, and adaptation. She employs deliberate programs that enhance the capabilities of an organization on all levels.

Mohsin Imam

Mohsin Imam is a Strategy & Business Development Manager with Google where focuses on Big Data & Machine Learning for Google's Cloud Platform. During his 11+ year tenure at Google Mohsin has held several roles in sales leadership, strategic program management and operations for Education, Mid Market, and Enterprise segments. While working at Google Mohsin completed his MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business & Masters in Engineering Management and Leadership from Santa Clara University. Before that Mohsin has served in software engineering and strategic technical consulting roles with Silicon Valley companies. Mohsin graduated with a bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives with this wife and three children in Fremont, California.