Imam Mohamed Hag Magid is a founding board member of the International Interfaith Peace Corps and Director of Religious Diplomacy for IIPC. As Head of Religious Diplomacy, the Imam has the dual role of promoting areas of cooperation within interfaith communities as well as between faith leaders and leaders in areas of health, peace building, socio-economic development, and other domains. Building trust within and across communities is his primary approach to accomplishing the IIPC vision in which compassion is the dominant value and practice in the world. Imam Magid is a scholar in Islamic jurisprudence. He co-authored a number of books in the area of domestic violence and marriage counseling and guidance.
Prior to joining IIPC, Imam Magid served two terms as the nationally elected President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Imam Magid continues to serve as the Imam of All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, Virginia. Under his direction, ADAMS has grown to be one of the largest Muslim community organizations in the United States and is considered a model for other Muslim community centers and mosques in America. He also occupies the Chairmanship of the Fairfax County Faith Communities in Action, Additionally he serves as the Vice Chairman ofMuflehun, a think-and-do tank, which is focused on confronting violent extremist thought through research-driven preventative programs within a religious paradigm.
Imrana A. Umar serves as Co-founder and Executive Director of International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC). Imrana brings over 30 years of private and public sector experience in policy design and implementation to IIPC. As the Executive Director, Imrana reports to the Board of Directors and has the discretion to execute the by-laws, policies, and directives of the board. He is responsible for setting IIPC’s overall objectives and ensuring that activities meet the stated objectives. He also has the responsibility for supervising senior staff and programing, as well as setting the tone for the programs. He assumes the overall leadership in guiding all administrative, fiscal, and program activities.
Prior to co-founding IIPC, Imrana served and continues to serve as the President and CEO of Powersim Solutions, where he is responsible for guiding the overall vision, strategy and operations of the company. Imrana has provided solutions in a wide variety of industries and application areas for major organizations in both private and public sectors around the world for several years. His consulting experience spans many industries, including Aviation, Energy, Financial Services, Health Care, High Technology, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Retail, Construction, ICT and Telecom. He has also consulted for private and public organizations globally including Microsoft, The World Bank, McKinsey & Co, Accenture, BP Amoco, Chevron, US National Energy Laboratories, Statoil of Norway, Federal Aviation Administration, Qatar Foundation, among others; in areas such as Organizational Transformation and Change Management, Analysis of Investment Options, Project Evaluation, Strategic Alignment and Risk Assessment, Competitive Strategy, Policy Alignment and Coordination, Scenario-based Strategic Planning, Customer Acquisition, Development and Retention, Resource Planning, Technology and Product Innovation, Human Performance Management, Assessment of risks. Mr. Umar is a System Dynamicist by education and practice. He has his graduate and post-graduate education from the University of Bergen.
Murtada Elkhalifa brings 15 years of program and project management experience in the private, government, and non-profit sectors. He oversees the translation of IIPC’s mission into programs, projects, and activities. Within IIPC, Murtada is responsible for operational planning and management, introduction of new programs, development of teams and partnerships. Since 2011, he has served on the board of directors of the Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help (FAITH), an innovative social services organization serving thousands in the Northern Virginia area. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) since 2013 where he previously held the position of Vice President (1994-1996). ADAMS is one of the largest Islamic Centers in the US and serves over 18,000 individuals. Prior to joining IIPC, Murtada served as Senior Program Manager at Evergreen IT Services for five years providing program and project management consulting services to the US Department of Agriculture where he was directly responsible for programs and projects with costs in the tens of millions of dollars. Murtada holds Project Management Professional (PMP).
Patricia Anton, in her role as program officer, develops new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization, leads the development of program evaluation, and initiates ways to improve programing and response to the needs of partners and beneficiaries. She focuses on partner and beneficiary needs and community engagement. Patricia has been in the field of religious peacebuilding for over a decade practicing faith-based mediation, developing programs, conducting conflict resolution trainings, facilitating inter-religious dialogue and programing, teaching religious peacebuilding and conflict resolution, and conducting needs assessment studies. She has worked extensively with faith-based organizations including: The El-Hibri Foundation, The Islamic Society of North America, Islamic Relief, The Muslim Peace Fellowship, The Community of Living Traditions, and the Churches Center for Theology and Public Policy. She has also served at adjunct faculty for the Contemporary Islam program at American University and teaching Peacemaking in the Muslim and Christian Traditions at Wesley Theological Seminary. Working with Pillars of Peace and as a consultant, she has developed programs and resource materials for a variety of non-profit organizations and conducted trainings for community leaders, international aid professionals and government officials. In her role as program officer, Patricia develops new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization, leads the development of program evaluation, and initiates ways to improve programing and response to the needs of partners and beneficiaries. Patricia studies include a BA in International Relations from the Ohio State University, a MA in Islamic Studies from the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, A Graduate Fellowship in Non-Profit Management and Governance from Indiana University, and additional graduate studies at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution