The Halal Summit
Disrupting the Way You Think About Halal
Some of our expert and renowned speakers who will present at the Halal Summit 2020
Abed Awad, Esq.
Islamic estate and inheritance law
Secretary General, SMIIC
President of American Halal Council & Arabesque Media
Halal Summit Director, lawyer, strategist, and communications expert
Abed Awad, the founder of Shariawiz, is a Muslim American Islamic law expert and an AV-rated practicing attorney. Abed has been teaching at Rutgers Law School for the past 15 years and has taught at Pace Law School and Seton Hall Law School. A fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), Abed was a contributor and the U.S. editor for several years at ShariaSource.com, a Harvard Law School Islamic Legal Studies’ project.
İhsan ÖVÜT was appointed as the Director of Agreement on Foreign Relations in 24 January 2000. He has worked as director of several Directorates in the fields of international relation of TSE between the years 2000-2011. Upon his appointment as Head of Training Department of TSE, he has worked in this department between the years 2012-2014. Currently he is working as the Secretary General of the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) as of 15 December 2014.
He led in the preparation process of the SMIIC Statute under the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) as well as the development of OIC/SMIIC Standards and also leaded several projects in ECO Region and in Euro-Asia Region.
Founder of the Halal Expo & Summit since 2018. Halal advocate and relationship builder within the halal industry. Working on establishing a strong halal business network. Served as the former President of the Arab American Business Council in Washington DC. Also served as media consultant to US State Department.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law. A lawyer with a background in business and journalism, Elisabeth Myers is an expert in advocacy and communication and has extensive knowledge of the politics and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. She has advised U.S. and Middle East-based organizations on doing business in the region, women’s entrepreneurship, and investment opportunities.
Retired USDA Specialist, American Halal Council Advisor
Imam Didmar Faja
Director of Greenway Academy
Founder of the first blog on halal food & cooking, MyHalalKitchen.com
American Halal Council, US Halal Chamber of Commerce,
Dr. Mostafa Eldakdoky joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture in August (USDA) 1980 and FSIS in August 1986. Dr. Eldakdoky was among the first food technologist group hired by FSIS to work in the field at both large and small processing plants as Technologist in charge, in 1990 worked as a labels reviewer and currently as international issues analyst. During the time working with FSIS he has been detailed to Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) for six years, as International Marketing Specialist.
Shaykh Didmar Faja is currently the imām of the United Islamic Center of Arizona (UICA) in Glendale, Arizona. He is the founder and director of the Greenway Academy, an Islamic school co-located with UICA, and founder and director of two Islamic centers in Mexico, La Comunidad Musalmana de Sonora (in the State of Sonora) and La Comunidad Musulmana de Durango (in the State of Durango). He is a religious and spiritual advisor for Naqshbandiyya Foundation for Islamic Education (NFIE)
Yvonne is a chef, food & travel writer, cookbook author, e-commerce entrepreneur, public speaker, food industry consultant, niche consumer marketing expert.
She consults food brands, schools, and hospitals on how to understand and source for halal ingredients and methods in cooking for food and cosmetic products.
He is the Vice President of the World Halal Council (WHC), which is a federation of over 50 Halal certification bodies all over the world. Habib and the ISWA Halal Certification body are founding members of the World Halal Council (WHC). He is also a member of the World Halal Food Council (WHFC).
Vice President & Principal Consultant of IQEIS & President Emeritus of A2LA
Institute for Social Justice and Understanding, Executive Director
Former Agriculture Counselor at U.S. Embassies
Washington DC Government
Mr. Unger has been involved with accreditation since 1978. He served President since 1996, Vice President of A2LA since 1986 and Associate Manager of Laboratory Accreditation at the National Institute of Standards and Technology) since 1978.
Mr. Unger served as Chair of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) for 2010-2016. He is an author of many papers on accreditation, active participant in the establishment of ISO/IEC standards for accreditation and author of a book on Achieving Accreditation for Your Laboratory, 1992.
Meira Neggaz is the Executive Director at ISPU, where she is responsible for the institution’s overall leadership, strategy, and growth. Meira works to build and strengthen ISPU, to cultivate relationships with community leaders, policy makers, scholars, partner institutions and stakeholders, and to broaden the reach and impact of ISPU’s research.
Before joining ISPU, Meira served as Senior Program Officer for Marie Stopes International (MSI), a leading, UK-based organization working in 42 countries. There, she led and managed programs in multiple countries, developed partnerships with key stakeholders and partner institutions, provided technical advice, and managed key grants and donor relationships.
Mr. Quintin Gray, President and CEO, Q. Gray and Associates, has more than 30 years’ experience helping U.S. companies market their food products in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe while serving as Agriculture Counselor at U.S. Embassies.
He serves on advisory committees at Virginia International University, N.C. Agriculture and Technical State University.
Mamadou Samba serves as Chief of Staff to the Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, appointed by Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Prior to that, Mamadou served as Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of African Affairs between 2015-2019.
In 2016, Mamadou was named one of 20 Young African Influencers in the Diaspora by Shoppe Black Magazine and is recipient of a Congressional Recognition from Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton of District of Columbia. Mamadou received the 2017 Nelson Mandela Award for Social Justice from the UNESCO Center for Peace and the Visionary Leadership Award from the African Studies Association.
Dr. Attiya Ahmad
Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University
Dr. Ghiyath Nakshbendi
Professor, American University, Washington DC
Dr. Md Mahfujur Rahman
Visiting Senior Lecturer, IBS University Utara Malaysia
Mansoor Rafiq Umar
Vice President Halal Watch World LLC
Dr. Attiya Ahmad is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University. Broadly conceived, her research focuses on the interrelation between contemporary Islamic reform movements and political economic processes from a gendered perspective. She is currently working on a multi-year ethnographically-focused research project on the development of halal tourism networks in the Mediterranean and Middle East. She has conducted research throughout the Muslim world, most notably in the Arab Gulf states and Persian Gulf region, South Asia and Turkey. She is the author of the multi-award winning book “Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait,” and she has held fellowships and been awarded numerous grants, including at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies; Stanford University; the ACLS-Luce Religion, Journalism and International Affairs award; and the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Ghiyath has 30 years of diverse business and academic experience within the United
States of America and international arenas. Also, he introduced Islamic finance courses along with the first graduate certificate in Islamic finance in the U.S.A. offered by American University in Washington, D.C.
He is the Founding President of American Center for Alternative Finance (ACFAF), an NGO which promotes Islamic Finance. Currently he teaches at Kogod School of Business and is an affiliate faculty at the School of International Service and College of Arts and Sciences’ Arab Studies Program at American University.
He spent one year as a visiting professor at King Saud University. He is a fellow of Sovereign Investment Lab, Baffi Center on International Markets, Money, and Regulation, Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy. And International Business & Investment Affairs Fellow at National Council on US-Arab Relations. Washington, D.C.
He received his Bachelor of Commercial Sciences from the University of Aleppo; earned his MBA from the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; and was awarded his Ph.D. in Business Administration from American University, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Mahfujr works as a senior lecturer at Islamic Business School, Universiti Utara Malaysia.
He obtained my first degree at Veterinary Medicine from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh. His Masters was on Animal Science with project work on the molecular genetics, under European Union Erasumus Mundus Programed from Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Sweden and Christian Albrechts University zu Kiel, Germany.
Then he moved to Malaysia and joined the University of Malaya to work on his doctoral of Philosophy degree. Where he completed the molecular marker development for Halal food assurance. After finishing doctoral study, he worked as post-doctoral research fellow at University of Malaya, Malaysia.
Imam Mansoor Rafiq Umar is a B.A. graduate of the Darul Na’im Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies seminary of South Africa. He is the Chaplain Imam at the University of Albany, in upstate New York, and the Vice President of Halal Watch World, a halal certification agency. He has studied under various scholars of theology and Islamic legal theory, such as Mln Taha Karaan, and Sheikh Mokhtar Magroui, and networked with organizations across the world.
A seasoned hotelier with over 35 years International experience in Management postions, I have managed 5 star and luxurious hotels in Africa, the middle East and Asia. I was previleged to be able to learn,appreciate and understand the different cultures
There are various types of tickets depending on what you would like to participate in during the event starting from $15 for Expo hall access to $50 for Executive all sessions access ticket.