The MAS Boston Board of Directors comprises a passionate, committed team with years of experience in diverse areas such as management, fundraising, strategy, academia, education, medicine, spiritual leadership, non-profit work and community organizing.
M. Bilal Kaleem is the President of the Board. Bilal received his B.Eng. and M.Eng. from MIT, and is currently pursuing graduate study in sociology and religion at Boston University. He is also a Dubin Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. His focus is Muslim civic engagement. He also serves on the board of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), and the Center for Jewish Muslim Relations (CJMR). He has also served as a mentor at the Somali Development Center serving youth from Somalia. He is married to Najiba Akbar, the Muslim Chaplain at Wellesley College.
Hossam Al Jabri is the former President of the Board. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University. He is completing his MBA at Suffolk University. He is currently the Sr. Enterprise Architect & Chief Technical Architect for devising international strategy in industry. Hossam has served on the Partners for Prevention Safety Initiative Coalition at Northeastern University, a program committed to fostering good relations between the law enforcement community and minority groups. Hossam is a frequent lecturer on topics including Christian-Muslim relations, Understanding Islam, Challenges facing Muslim Youth, and other faith-related topics.
Dr. Mona Abo Zena earned her doctorate degree from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University and her research interests include religion, identity development, and immigrant families. She earned her B.A. in sociology from the University of Chicago and her Ed.M from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. As an educator, she seeks to empower students, teachers, and families to engage in civic activity. She is a founding board member of the Malik Academy and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Council for American Private Education. She is also an appointed board member to the Cambridge Coordinating Council for Children and Families (Kids’ Council).
Nancy Khalil is a doctoral student in Social Anthropology at Harvard University and a Research Associate working on issues of Islam and Citizenship for the Islam in the West Program. Prior to starting her doctoral studies at Harvard, Nancy worked for four years as a Muslim Chaplain at Wellesley College and as Advisor to the College’s Multi faith Living and Learning Community. She attained a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Development from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.
Dr. Andrea Borgmann-Traiba, M.D. – Member: received her Artium Baccaleaureus from Harvard University in 1985 and her Medical Doctorate from the Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1998. Dr. Borgmann-Traiba works as a Pediatric Hospitalist for the Children’s Hospital of Boston. In addition, she is an instructor at the Harvard Medical School and also serves on the Board of Islamic Relief.
Dr. Eman Atef received her Master’s and PhD in Pharmaceutical Science from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science (MCP), where she is currently an assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Science. She serves as an advisor for various MAS Youth programs, and is the Muslim Students’ Advisor at MCP. She also teaches a Women’s Religion and Spirituality class at the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge.
Abdullah Aweiss, CPA received his Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy at Bentley College and is completing his Master of Science in Accountancy at Bentley College. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and oversees a number of the finance and compliance issues of MAS Boston. He founded and directed a number of the weekend and summer community development and civic engagement programs for the Somali Community. He has mentored Somali youth in their pursuit of college education.
Dr. Sheikh Basyouny Nehela has been the Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge for the past ten years. He received his Master’s and PhD in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University in Egypt. He currently teaches a variety of classes including Arabic, Qur’anic Sciences, and Religious Studies. Imam Basyouny is a talented counselor, teacher, and mentor, and is dedicated to the development and improvement of the Cambridge community.
Hassan El-Alami is a medical technologist at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He received his Bachelors of Science at Kuwait University, and his Masters in Medical Technology at SUNY Buffalo in New York. He is currently a PhD candidate in Biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is the Director of Al-Basha’er Islamic School. Hassan is also a frequent speaker on Spirituality and Social Responsibility at various mosques in the Boston area.