BOARD OF DIRECTORS
HAMADI BENGABSIA-MBA, CPA
Hamadi Bengabsia is a Vice President at the ViacomCBS Tax Department in New York City. Hamadi has been with ViacomCBS since 2006. He is also a certified Sharia Advisor and Auditor (CSAA) by the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI).
Prior to joining CBS, he worked at Ernst & Young for eight years. He is a certified public accountant, holds an M.B.A. in accounting and a master’s degree in statistics and applied economics. Hamadi is a member of the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants), and NYSCPA (New York Society of Certified Public Accountants). In addition to his tax expertise, Hamadi’s main area of concentration is process improvement and technology enablement within the tax department and between the tax and accounting departments.
Hamadi first joined IRUSA’s board in 2012, and subsequently became the board’s treasurer before becoming chariman in 2020. Hamadi has been instrumental in launching the IRUSA Waqf, an endowment that helps support IRUSA’s humanitarian work.
Hamadi has been an active board member of several local centers and schools as well as several relief organizations within his community. He currently sits on the executive committee of the North Hudson Islamic Educational Center, one of the largest Islamic centers in northern New Jersey.
HAMDY RADWAN, PHD
Hamdy Radwan is a professor of Physical Therapy at Winston Salem State University, North Carolina. He earned his bachelor’s of science and master’s of science in Physical Therapy from Cairo University, and received his PhD from Texas Women’s University in Houston. At Winston-Salem State University, Hamdy serves as the director of the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and the director of the Community Care Clinic.
Hamdy was one of the founders of Al-Iman Academy in Houston, and has served as both board chairman of Al-Iman School in Raleigh, NC, and director of the outreach department at the Muslim American Society, Raleigh chapter. He also served as president of the board for the Muslims Association of the Triad in Winson-Salem, NC (also known as Annoor Islamic Center) from 2000 to 2017.
Hamdy joined the IRUSA board of directors in November 2012.
Ahmed Azam is an information science and technology engineer with over 24 years of university teaching experience in the greater Los Angeles area. Azam holds a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Computer Science and Master’s in Information Science and Technology as well as a Master’s Information Systems Management (MISM). Azam is a member of the Operation Research Society of America, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and American Society for Engineering Education.
Azam is an active member of the American Muslim community in the Los Angeles area and has held several leadership positions on both local and national nonprofit and humanitarian organizations. Azam serves on the Board of Trustees of one of the largest and most diverse Islamic organizations in North America. As a founding member of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, Azam served in multiple capacities including the Board of Directors and Vice President. Azam was a founder of the Islamic Center of Hawthorne and has served as President of the mosque for over 25 years.
Hussein Ata is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Chicago and holds a degree in Electronics and Electromagnetics Engineering (BSEE). Ata has extensive professional experience in nuclear technology and held several leadership positions, while maintaining a license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to operate and supervise nuclear power reactors at the Exelon Nuclear Dresden Power Station.
Ata currently serves as chairman of one of the largest and most diverse Islamic conventions in North America. He has also held various senior leadership positions and served on the Board of Directors of major American Muslim nonprofit organizations in the Chicago metropolitan area. Ata is an active member of the local Chicago Muslim community and is the Vice President of his local mosque, where he previously served as President and Chairman of the Board.
IHAB M. HAMDI SAAD, PHD
Ihab M. Hamdi Saad is a full-time professor and former department chair of Construction Management at Northern Kentucky University. Ihab has also taught at other notable institutions such as the University of Cincinnati.
In addition to his teaching, Ihab is a published author, penning several noteworthy articles on engineering. He is a celebrated speaker at events for the engineering industry.
Ihab has been recognized with numerous awards including the 2004 ASC National Teaching Award; 2003 Pendered Memorial Award at East Carolina University; and the Teaching (1999) and Research (1998) Excellence Awards at Bradley University.
He is a member of several organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); Project Management Institute (PMI); Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE); Egyptian Association of Engineers; and American Society of Training and Development (ASTD).
Ihab joined the IRUSA board of directors in March 2006 and was appointed chairman in May 2011.
Khaled Lamada serves as president of the Society of American-Egyptian Development (SAED), an education and advocacy group for Egyptians living in the United States.
Khaled is also a member of the Council of Islamic Leaders of New York. He has served as a board member for the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge; as president of the Arab American Muslim Federation (AMAF); and as co-chairman of the Islamic Circle of North America and Muslim American Society (ICNA-MAS) national convention.
Khaled first joined IRUSA’s board of directors in 2011.
NANCY KHALIL, PHD
Nancy A. Khalil is an instructor of Muslim Ministry at Harvard Divinity School and completed her PhD in Anthropology at Harvard University in 2017. Her current research focuses on the politics of American Islam with an emphasis on the profession of the Imam in America.
Other research projects she has worked on include: research on migrant and second generation political and civic engagement; Muslim students on U.S. college campuses; as well as a large project specific to the Muslim community in Boston. Her academic work has been supported by several foundations, including the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Bucerius Zeit-Stiftung, MSA National, IIIT, and the Islamic Scholarship Fund. She has a particular interest in building bridges between activism and academia.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Nancy worked as Muslim Chaplain at Wellesley College and Advisor to their Multi-faith Living and Learning Community. She is a co-founder and board member of the Boston-based Muslim Justice League and will soon begin as Assistant Professor of Muslim American Studies in the department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.