The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona (ISBA) is a non-profit, apolitical, educational organization founded in 1999. ISBA is an outreach institution that provides education about Islam and Muslims, promotes interfaith dialogue and is a local affiliate of Islamic Networks Group (ING).

Upon request, ISBA is pleased to provide trained, local American Muslims to conduct presentations tailored for a variety of educational, religious and business settings. ISBA speakers are certified after a rigorous process of training, testing, and observation in a live setting by veteran trainers. ISBA speakers serve the entire state of Arizona and adhere to the guidelines provided by the First Amendment Center. Please see their publication A Teacher's Guide to Religion in the Public Schools for more information.

Vision:

We aim to dispel harmful stereotypes and help build peaceful communities where people of diverse backgrounds and faiths come to know and respect each other

Mission:

Using the tools of education, civic engagement, and constructive dialogue ISBA will foster communities of respect and mutual understanding. ISBA reinforces and promotes the American ideals of inclusion and religious freedom that are embodied in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution

ISBA President

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Azra Hussain, Co-Founder and President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Azra trains speakers for the bureau, plans and facilitates educational and creative interfaith events for ISBA. As a speaker, she presents mainly on beliefs and practices, gender roles in Islam and conducts Cultural Sensitivity Training for police departments, hospital personnel, educators and corporations.

Azra has come up with many creative ways to bring people of different religions and cultures together to learn about each other from each other. ISBA signature programs like the Faith Tours, Movie & Discussion, Multifaith Food Drive and Springtime Tea Party are designed to bring people face to face in the same space to interact and get to know one another.

Azra currently serves on the Arizona Muslim Police Advisory Board, the Banner Health Professional Advisory Committee for Clinical Pastoral Education, and the steering committees for the Interfaith Network of Scottsdale as well as the tri-faith Salaam Chai Paradise. Azra is one of the founders and a past Board member of the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley. She has served on the Phoenix FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Board as Vice President and as a Citizen member on the Scottsdale Police Department Use of Force Review Board.

She has been recognized with the “Veora E. Johnson Spirit of Unity Award” from the East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and the “FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award” from the Phoenix division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of our 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Nidah Chatriwala

Nidah Chatriwala, Secretary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nidah Chatriwala has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her job is in marketing and she enjoys public relations, volunteering and digital marketing.

Hana Kaakani

Hana Kaakani, Treasurer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hana Kaakani has BS in Business Management. She worked as an Assistant Dean at a community college for one year and then managed a women’s boutique for two years in Lebanon. She has worked as a teller at Wells Fargo Bank for the past eleven years.

salim jaffer Salim Jaffer, Board Member
"In this information age, it is imperative that an organization such as ISBA should spend time spreading a type of knowledge which is positive, which unites rather than divide people. I love working for ISBA as a certified speaker because it brings the joy of seeing the light bulbs go on and the sparkle in the eyes of young people when they receive positive knowledge."
Dennis Ford

Dennis Ford, Board Member

Dennis Ford is the President and Founder of Quantum Leap Productions, and author of the Amazon #1 Bestseller, “Monetize Your Culture-Create A Passionate, Committed Workforce That Actually Increases Your Bottom Line…and Costs You Nothing”. He has over 25 years of experience crafting unique corporate messages, creating entertaining and compelling videos, implementing sales and negotiating training, and producing myriad original Team Building experiences for over 500,000 corporate employees and Senior Management.

Michele Marion

Michele Marion. Board Member

Michele Marion is a member of the Sociology Faculty and the college’s International Education Director at of Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. She served in the United States Air Force for six years, as a motion picture film editor. Her doctorate degree is in international education from Northcentral University.  She received her BA in sociology and MA in education from Chapman University, and her second MA is in sociology from Vermont College.  Michele is an Asian Studies Development Program alumnus of the Korean Institute (2000) and received a Rotary Club cultural exchange award to Russia’s Far East (Sakhalin island and Kamchatka peninsula—2004).  She has also been awarded two Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Programs: Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore (2006) and Morocco (2008).  Her publications include “Have You Eaten? Heterogeneity and Identity Through Food” (2007), “Culture, Context, and The Qur’an” (2010), Cultural Counterpoint: Dynamics of Asian Studies (2014), and Misconception (2017).

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Joe Balian

Joseph Balian, Board Member

Joseph Balian, Board Member - is an Executive News Producer, Multi - Emmy Award winning journalist and podcast producer. He’s also won an Edward R. Murrow Award and Associated Press Club Award for Outstanding Journalism. He’s been a broadcast journalist for the past 20 years.

Jill Stoller Jill Stoller, Board Member
"As an American and a Muslim, I recognized the need filled by the ISBA to enlighten and inform the community I live and work in about Islam and Muslims. There is real value that is provided by the information in the presentations in a way that positively impacts our communities."
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