Yildirim (Alex) Sivar
President of Global Business and Educational Consulting Group.
Yildirim Sivar, MBA: Yildirim Sivar is a business owner and President of Global Business and Educational Consulting Group. He is quite active in the community and serves on the Boards of the Atlantic Institute of Jacksonville, ONEJAX Institute of UNF and Baptist Hospital Foundation. Before coming to Jacksonville, Yildirim served as chief of staff for the Secretary of Culture and Tourism in the Republic of Turkey. He earned his graduate degree at NYIT in New York. Yildirim is a SHI Fellow and lives in Mandarin Florida.
Lucinda Allen Mosher, Th.D.
Faculty Associate / Interfaith Studies
Lucinda Allen Mosher, Th.D., is a Christian moral theologian in the Anglican tradition. She serves concurrently as Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies at Hartford Seminary, teaching courses on chaplaincy, religious diversity, and Christian-Muslim relations; Professor of Ecumenical, Interfaith, and Anglican Studies at Séminaire de Théologie d’Église Épiscopale d’Haïti; and Assistant Academic Director of the Building Bridges Seminar—an annual dialogue of Christian and Muslim scholars founded by the Archbishop of Canterbury and now under the stewardship of Georgetown University. She was the founding instructor for the annual Worldviews Seminar—an innovative introduction to America’s religious diversity held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn 2002-2012 Dr. Mosher is the author of Toward Our Mutual Flourishing: the Episcopal Church, Interreligious Relations, and Theologies of Religious Manyness (2012) and Faith in the Neighborhood—a book series on America’s religious diversity. A contributor to several scholarly journals, she is guest co-editor of a special issue of The Muslim World focusing on Hindu-Muslim relations. With David Marshall, she is co-editor of and contributor to Prayer: Christian and Muslim Perspectives (2013); Death, Resurrection, and Human Destiny: Christian and Muslim Perspectives (2014); The Community of Believers: Christian and Muslim Perspectives (2015); and God’s Creativity and Human Action: Christian and Muslim Perspectives (forthcoming 2016). Dr. Mosher has been a keynote speaker, workshop leader, or panelist in many venues in the US and abroad—including England, Turkey, Uganda, and Korea. An accomplished musician, her workshops sometimes combine her expertise in interreligious understanding with her training in theology and the arts. Dr. Mosher lives in Doctors Inlet, Florida.
Vice president at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America
Ranna Abduljawad is a vice president within the Technology sector for a major financial corporation “Merrill Lynch/Bank of America” and within the firm she Lead many fund raising campaigns on behalf of the company and served as a member of Bank of America LEAD for women (Leadership, Education, Advocacy & Development for Women) that partners with LEAD for women Jacksonville. She grew up in West Bank and her time spent in middle east encouraged her to understand conflicts as human problems with human solutions in helping others. Spent her free time volunteering in refugee camps in Palestine, and through these experiences learned to see the world through the refugee lens. When the Syrian refugee crisis started, she felt the need to fulfill her responsibility and help in any way possible. that’s when she joined FRRC (Floridians Responding to Refugees) as a committee member. FRRC is a statewide commitment to serve the influx of refugees coming into Florida, efforts include immediate relief by providing alleviation and they support other refugee programs provided by CAIR, Helping Hands and AACC Florida.
Executive Director of OneJax
Nancy Broner is currently the Executive Director of OneJax, an Institute of University of North Florida. OneJax is an interfaith organization that promotes diversity as the foundation for a strong community by working to increase respect and understanding that will overcome bias, bigotry and oppression. She serves on UNF’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, is Chair of Baptist Health’s Social Responsibility and Community Health Committee, and is a member of WJCT’s Community Advisory Board. Broner is a former member and past chairman of the Duval County School Board, serving on the board from 2002-2010. Active in the Jacksonville community for many years, she also served as an independent consultant providing policy and governance training to clients such as the United Way of Northeast Florida, Duval County Public Schools, School District of Philadelphia, Fulton County Public Schools, and many others.
Professor of Finance at University of North Florida
Parvez Ahmed is a former Fulbright Scholar and currently Professor of Finance at the Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida. His research work has appeared in several major finance journals. In addition he writes articles about Islam and the American Muslim experience. His articles have been published in several leading newspapers at home and abroad.Currently he is a member of Jacksonville’s Human Rights Commission. He also serves on the boards of Museum of Science and History, and the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville. In 2010 Folio Weekly named him “Person of the Year.” In 2014 he was awarded the Silver Medallion Humanitarian Award by OneJax. In 2015 he was named Arthur Vining Davis Fellow to the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Executive Director of Florida Nonprofit Alliance
Sabeen Perwaiz is Executive Director of Florida Nonprofit Alliance where she advocates on behalf of Florida’s nonprofit sector. Her career has centered on empowering individuals through education at Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Vital Voices and Pace Center for Girls. In 2013, she moved to Cambodia for six months to implement an Early Childhood Education program with Aide et Action. Sabeen has been in Jacksonville since 2011 and has fallen in love with the city. She is Executive Producer of TEDxJacksonville and is a founding member of the organization. She is on the board of directors of Jacksonville Arts and Music School (JAMS), University of North Florida's Engineering School and Atlantic Institute of Jacksonville. She serves on Leadership Jacksonville’s Leadership Development Team. She is also a member of Jacksonville Women's Network, Women’s Giving Alliance and a mentor with City Year. Sabeen is a 2015 Aspen Ideas Fellow, a 2016 Jacksonville Business Journal’s Women of Influence and a 2017 One Jax Humanitarian award recipient. Educated in New York City, Sabeen holds a degree in psychology from City College of New York and completed her master’s degree in international development at University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England. Sabeen was born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in New York City. An avid traveler, she has lived on three continents, visited 36 countries, and hopes to visit at least 100 countries in her lifetime.
Dr. Yazan Khatib
President of FCCI
President of FCCI ,Cardiac and Endovascular Interventions. Named as one of the Honorees of the 2012 ONEJAX Humanitarian award, Dr. Khatib lives a life of commitment to the common good, and to his patients and family. After graduating with honors from Damascus University Medical School, Dr. Khatib received his medical training at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, Loyola University in Chicago, the Indiana Heart Institute, and St. Vincent Hospital (Indianapolis, IN), where he had the privilege of working with some of the most renowned experts in the field of cardiovascular medicine. Despite his busy practice, Dr. Khatib was always an active philanthropist, dedicated to inter-cultural dialogue and to the promotion of a greater understanding of the world we live in. Dr. Khatib, his wife, and four children have called Jacksonville home since 2002. He gives his better half tremendous credit for being patient and unconditionally supportive of his long, hard working hours taking care of his patients. Away from work, Dr. Khatib likes to enjoy his family and his commitment to larger community.
Director of Young Adult Ministries at Christ Episcopal Church
Matt Hartley is a member of the Executive Board of the Atlantic Institute of Jacksonville. He is the Director of Young Adult Ministries at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, and has over 10 years of experience in ministry. He is also the lay Chaplain for the Osprey Episcopalians Campus Ministry at University of North Florida, and the director of an interfaith leadership program called the Pilgrim Bridge. Matt also works with OneJax as the Coordinator of the young professionals group, OneVoice. He is a graduate of UNF and most recently the University of Florida, receiving his M.A. in Religion, and writing a thesis on the lives of Muslim youth growing up in the American south.
Dr. Yousif Abubakr
Board member at Memorial Hospital Professional Board
Dr. Yousif A. Abubakr graduated from the University of Khartoum, School of Med, Khartoum, Sudan in 1986. He works in Jacksonville, FL and specializes in Hematology/Oncology and Medical Oncology. Dr. Abubakr successfully established a large practice and affiliated with Memorial Hospital Jacksonville and St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside. Dr. Abubakr is currently serving as a board member of Onejax UNF as well as at Memorial Hospital Professional Board. He is married and have three children.
Real Estate Agent
Kanybek Ibraev is a real estate agent with Addison Commercial Real Estate, INC and a young entrepreneur. He studied at Cairo University, Egypt and majored in Political Science. Kanybek is known for his energetic and enthusiastic personality. He is one who speaks several languages fluently. He speaks his native language; Kyrgyz, along with Russian, Turkish, Arabic and English. Speaking so many languages and volunteering for Atlantic Institute has allowed him to integrate and work well with people from various countries and cultures. Kanybek plans on pursuing this path as well as build bridges to unite different people, cultures and beliefs in our community.
Founder of Jefferson Consulting Group
For twenty-four years, Ken Jefferson served his community as a law enforcement officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO). During his illustrious career, he experienced and was exposed to all aspects of the department. Ken has been recognized by numerous agencies for his stellar work as a member of the Sheriff’s Office. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida praised him for his outstanding display of leadership, commitment and coordination of the DEFY Program. After his career with JSO, Ken is serving as the Expert Crime Analyst for a local news station, appearing daily to offer commentary on breaking news, current crime trends, and crime prevention tips. Currently, Ken runs the organization he founded, Jefferson Consulting Group, which has allowed him to conduct workshops and seminars on self-empowerment all across the nation.
Volunteer chairperson of the Black Catholic Commission
Ernie Favors is married with 3 children and all are adults now and Mrs. Favors is a retired school teacher. Mr. Favors attended Tennessee State A & I University but was drafted by the US Army after second year and served in the Vietnam War; After the military service Ernie worked for the IBM Corporation in sales and administration for 30 years. He is now retired and spend a great deal of time involved with support to his church and as volunteer chairperson of the Black Catholic Commission which is part of the Multi-Cultural Ministry promoted by the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine one of the main public events is the annual MLK Interfaith Prayer Service.
Born and raised in the Kashmir valley, Adah moved to the states to pursue a bachelor’s in Civil engineering. During her time in college, she became involved with the interfaith center on campus and the UNF chapter of Muslim Students Association. She currently works with HDR Inc. as a bridge engineer and intends to specialize in the field of sustainable engineering. Despite the technical nature of her work, she remains inseparable from interfaith work and dialogue. She is the co-founder of the Atlantic Institute Young Professional’s council and envisions interfaith cooperation to become the very fabric of Jacksonville.
Dr. Naeem Haider
Dr. Naeem Haider is a nephrologist in Jacksonville, Florida and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Baptist Medical Center and Memorial Hospital. He received his medical degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Haider is serving his patients at his practice located by Memorial Hospital. Despite his busy practice, Dr. Haider is an active philanthropist, dedicated to inter-cultural dialogue and to the promotion of a greater understanding of the world we live in. Dr. Haider also served as the chairman of BOT of ICNEF (Islamic Center of North East Florida) Dr. Haider is married and has three children.
Khwaja Shaik is the award-winning global IT Executive with 22+ years of business technology leadership with GE, PwC, IBM and Bank of America. Khwaja has a worldwide reputation and proven track record in driving large scale digital transformation and innovation at the intersection of Cloud, Cybersecurity, Design Thinking and Artificial Intelligence. As IBM's Executive, Khwaja’s role is to transform client's business for digital business, building new partnerships and ecosystems for cognitive era. A lifelong advocate for principled practices, Khwaja served as BAC's Employee Network co-chair (2012-2015) and "Night of Asia" board member (2014) driving Cultural Intelligence. Khwaja also serves as McKinsey Global Institute's Executive Panel Member, University of North Florida's Computing Advisory Board Member and HBR’s Advisory Council Member driving global thought leadership. Khwaja holds an MBA (Global Management), Bachelors in Engineering, executive programs and 2014 CIO IT & Security Forum – Speaker
Joey McKinnon, P.G.
Faith In Public Life Florida Coordinator / Environmental Geologist
Joey McKinnon serves as the Florida Statewide Coordinator for Faith In Public Life, a Washington D.C. strategy center for advancing justice and compassion in the public square by the interfaith community. McKinnon has a portfolio career as both a political campaign professional with several cycles of campaign and consulting experience as well as a licensed Professional Geologist with several years of experience in the environmental consulting industry. With a foundation in the sciences, he applies his technical approach and passion for advocacy to mission-driven community organizing. He also serves on the U.S. Green Building Council - Northeast Florida Board of Directors and as the Public Relations Chair for City of Jacksonville's Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission. After growing up on a farm in South Carolina, he went on to get a degree in Geology from Clemson University and a masters degree in Geology from University of Georgia. Recently, he welcomed his daughter, Mara, into the world and hopes that the work he does makes the future a little more just and sustainable for her generation.
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