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.
Associate Director, Interfaith, Department of Diversity Initiatives, University of North Florida
Matt Hartley is an Associate Director of the Department of Diversity Initiatives at University of North Florida, his primary role leading the UNF Interfaith Center. He has over 12 years of experience in education and ministry, as a Public High School teacher, Presbyterian youth minister, and Episcopal Campus and Young Adult minister. In 2015, he secured a $100,000 grant for the Episcopal Diocese of Florida to launch the UNF Pilgrim Bridge, a Christian Interfaith leadership campus ministry. 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.
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.
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.
President of the Museum of Science & History of Jacksonville (MOSH)
Maria Hane serves as the President of the Museum of Science & History of Jacksonville (MOSH). In her eight year tenure at MOSH, she has increased the Museum’s operating budget by 46% led $2 million in capital improvements. She served as Deputy Director of Operations at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and as the Director of Written Communications for Jacksonville Mayor John D. Delaney. She is a founding member of Cultural Fusion, a collaborative network of arts and cultural organizations in Jacksonville leveraging the power of the collective to lead change in the community. As well as on the Boards of the Florida Association of Museums, Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Visit Jacksonville, Cultural Fusion and the Jacksonville Chamber Board of Governors. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s of Art in Communications. She is an active member of Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2002 serving for three years on the Leadership Development Team and as Chair for Arts & Culture Day, and is a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network.
Dr. Yousif Abubakr
Oncologist | Board Member/ Memorial Hospital Jacksonville
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.
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 an IBMer, 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.
Kalilah J. Jamall
Summer Programming Consultant at Renaissance JAX
Kalilah Jamall is a graduate of the University of North Florida & Jacksonville native. At UNF she participated in the Better Together Leadership Development Program which honed her skills in social justice advocacy. She spent the following 5 years developing and coordinating dozens of programs for the university and Jacksonville community, including Distinguished Lecture Series with University President & Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney. As a trained Interfaith Youth Core alumni and ally, Kalilah has spoken at multiple President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Conferences, trained other interfaith professionals through the Interfaith Youth Core Alumni Network, and was awarded the Noor Inayat Khan Community Service Award for her efforts - the first of its kind in the country to recognize undergraduate organizers in interfaith communities. Upon graduation she went on to work for United States Senator Bill Nelson as a Congressional Staffer & Coordinator for Northeast Florida until 2019. She hopes to continue working in public service and community organizing.
Board Of Directors:
|Matt Hartley||: Chair|
|Alex Sivar||: Past Chair|
|Lucinda Mosher||: Secretary|
|Parvez Ahmed||: Treasurer|