Executive Council

Dr. Sohail Simjee
Yasmeen Ahussain
Ikbal Kolsy

Board of Directors

Chairman: Nabeel Gareeb
Vice Chairman:      Ahmed Elmalky
President: Sondos Kholaki
Vice President: Michelle Nashef
Secretary: Hadeer Soliman
Treasurer: Umer Habib
Board Member: Ahmed Shama
Board Member: Adeeb Saiduddin
Board Member: Mazhar Latif

Nabeel Gareeb was born in Karachi, Pakistan and immigrated to the United States in 1982. He has a Bachelors degree in Engineering and a Masters degree in Engineering Management. Nabeel spent his career in the technology industry, most recently in leadership roles for public companies. He retired in 2009 and since then has been managing his personal investments, funding startup companies, and assisting non–profit organizations. 

Fun facts: Nabeel enjoys playing golf and driving cars.

Ahmed Elmalky was born in Kuwait and raised in Kuwait, U.K., and Egypt. He graduated from The American University of Cairo with a degree in Construction Management/Civil Engineering, and later obtained his MBA degree after moving to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in 1997. Ahmed worked at Bechtel International, Citigroup, American Airlines and currently manages the Strategic Sourcing & Contracts department at Toyota USA's headquarters in Torrance.  At American Airlines he was President of the Muslim Employee Resource Group. He has also served on the Board of the Islamic Center of Irving, Texas and currently serves on the Board of Crescent Food Bank, Orange County.  He has been involved with the ICOI community since moving to Irvine with his wife and two boys in late 2008, and has been on the ICOI Board of Directors since January 2014.

Fun facts: Ahmed loves biking with his sons and enjoys distance swimming.  Ahmed is an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast, delights in super-long road trips, and hasn't been demoralized by hours of daily LA traffic (yet).

Sondos Kholaki was born in Damascus and raised in Southern California. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing. She has been featured in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Orange County Register. Sondos is passionate about teaching others about Islam through service and interfaith connections. She has actively volunteered for the Islamic Center of Southern California, Masjid Al-Hedayah, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and the Muslim American Society. Sondos joined the ICOI community in 2010 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2011. She is also a member of the Irvine Women’s Interfaith Council and volunteers regularly at Woodbury Elementary School.

Fun facts: Sondos enjoys an excellently brewed cup of coffee, gourmet dates (not the people, the fruit), and listening to Qur’an recitation by Turkish qurra’ (reciters of the Qur’an).

Michelle Nashef was born in South Korea and has resided in Irvine since 1986. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and is currently working as a Network Engineer/Architect. Michelle was raised in a fundamentalist Christian family and after almost 20 years of trying to reconcile her beliefs, found peace in Islam in 2004. She has been a part of the ICOI community since her reversion. As an advocate for new Muslims, the poor, and women in crisis, Michelle has served on the Social Committee and helped found the New Muslim Support Group at ICOI. Michelle was invited to join the Board of Directors in 2013.

Fun facts: In her spare time, Michelle enjoys watching HGTV and cruising through the orange groves of California on her motorcycle.

Hadeer Soliman is a student at Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from UC Irvine, where she served as vice president and public relations coordinator of the Muslim Student Union. She was born and raised in Southern California and has been a part of the ICOI community since its inception.

Fun facts: Hadeer enjoys discovering new cultures and places, and she hopes to continue traveling.

Umer Habib was born in Lahore, Pakistan. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and currently works as a Senior Quality Management Engineer at the Capital Group Companies. Umer has volunteered at ICOI since 2009, during which he helped establish several committees to provide a platform for volunteers. Umer joined the Board of Directors at ICOI in 2012 and currently serves as Treasurer. He has resided in Irvine since 2007.

Fun facts: Umer enjoys gardening in his spare time, growing herbs, veggies, and fruits in his backyard.

Ahmed Shama was born and raised in Southern California. He earned a Bachelor of Science from UCLA in Computer Science and Engineering with a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. At UCLA, he served as President of the Muslim Student Association, Editor-in-Chief of Al- Talib newsmagazine, and a member of the Associated Students Board of Directors. He contributed to founding MSA West, a grassroots coalition of Muslim Student Associations across the West Coast. He has been involved with the ICOI community since its inception and has lived in Irvine since 2007. He has served on the Board of New Horizon Irvine since 2010 and was invited to serve on the ICOI Board of Directors in 2013. He works as an IT consultant in enterprise and solution architecture.

Fun facts: Ahmed’s hobbies include travel, politics, technology, and coaching his daughters’ soccer teams. He belongs to a rare breed of Muslim baseball fans, and he dreams of his Dodgers winning another World Series soon. 

Adeeb Saiduddin is a biomedical engineer, who attended the University of California Irvine. He served as treasurer for the Muslim Student Union for two years and played an active role as a member during his four years at UCI. After graduating, Adeeb became involved with the Youth Group at ICOI and has played an integral role with the planning, mentoring and development of the youth programming at ICOI including the annual youth camp. Adeeb was born and raised in Southern California and has attended ICOI since it's inception.

Fun facts: Adeeb loves to spend time with friends and family, travel, watch and play sports and at the same time likes to relax at home on his computer with a movie or the occasional games.

Mazhar Latif co-founded Coraxis Corporation in 2001.  Prior to that he worked as a Sr. Software Engineer for for 1 year and EnPointe Technologies for 3 years. Mazhar earned his Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of The Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. He was born and raised in Gujrat, Pakistan.  He came to the United States in 1998, where he has lived in Southern California ever since. Mazhar has been part of the ICOI community for the 9 years.

Fun facts: Mazhar is an avid Cricket player and loves to travel. 


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