ACH TEAM

Executive Board

Marwan Ahmad

Board Member - President

American Halal Council

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Mr. Ahmad is the founder of the American Halal Council. He is also the organizer of the Halal Expo & Summit since 2018. He is the president of Arabesque Media, a Virginia based marketing and event planning company. 

Mr. Ahmad has a degree in Computer Information Systems and education in digital marketing and non-profit management. He has been in the marketing and event organizing business since 1994. He served on a media training mission to Italy with the State Department, touring four cities to speak, educate and train local ethnic media.

Mr. Ahmad received a number of awards from various community and government agencies including CAIR, ADC and Governor’s Community Service award.

Habib Ghanem

Board Member - Treasurer

American Halal Council

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Mr. Habib is the President and CEO of USA Halal Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and the Director of the ISWA Halal Certification Department and has been for over 21 years. The USA Halal Chamber of Commerce, Inc, and the ISWA Halal Certification Body are internationally recognized Halal Certification bodies which are internationally accredited HCBs (Halal Certification Body). Habib has an educational background in Accounting from the University of District of Columbia and Project Management from Phoenix University.

He has had countless certifications and trainings in the Halal industry over the last few decades. He has been involved in the Halal industry since the 1980’s in various ways. He is a former director for the DC Arab Chamber of Commerce and a former board member of the Eastern Montgomery County Executive Board in Montgomery County, Maryland.

He and his organization are current members of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce. He has helped write many standards and policies related to food industry and the Halal industry. He is currently 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).

Yvonne Maffei

Board Member

American Halal Council

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Yvonne Maffei is a self-taught chef, food researcher & travel writer, cookbook author, e-commerce entrepreneur, public speaker, food industry consultant, niche consumer marketer, expert in halal cooking, and the founder of the first blog on halal food & cooking, MyHalalKitchen.com.

She gives cooking classes, presentations on the meaning of halal and educates about conscious cooking and healthy eating. 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. Her book titles include Clean Your Kitchen Green (2010), Summer Ramadan Cooking (2013) and My Halal Kitchen: Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, Lifestyle Inspiration (2016). 

She has been an invited guest at the White House under the Obama Administration, a special counselor to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, a guest speaker at such prestigious events as the recent World Halal Summit in Istanbul, Turkey (2018), and a consultant to Aramark Corporation for the first ever all-halal university dining facility at New York University in Manhattan. She divides her time between the USA and Turkey and is working on a  healing cookbook about holistic cooking and lifestyle, as well as conducting research on the superfoods of the Turkish Aegean & Mediterranean region. 

Sarah Wali

Board Member - Secretary

American Halal Council

 

ACH TEAM

Advisory Board

Dr. Omar Wali

AHC Advisory Board

Founder and President of American Halal Meat

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Dr. Omar Wali is the founder and President of American Halal Meat. As a wholesale halal meat distributor, he has made it his goal to ensure that Muslims in the Washington metropolitan area have access to affordable, high quality, certified halal meat.

Over the past three decades, Dr. Wali has seen firsthand the controversies surrounding what is halal, what isn’t halal, and what certifications to trust.   He has relied heavily on his degree in veterinary medicine, his experience as an international meat inspector, and his strong faith and belief in Allah to help guide the community in making choices that are good for their faith, and good for their dinner tables.

Dr. Mostafa Eldakdoky

AHC Advisory Board

Former International Marketing Specialist at U.S. Department of Agriculture  (USDA, FIAS, FAS)

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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.

Dr. Eldakdoky has more than 36 years of experience in food safety, and international policy and marketing. He has been involved with international food safety and trade issues, used his combination of technical, language and cultural skills and provided technical, administrative, protocols advice and guidance to top-level managers such as Secretary and deputy secretary of Agriculture, and professionals in USDA, other Government agencies and privet organizations, especially on Middle East Countries.

Dr. Eldakdoky Received 35 Awards among them Deputy Secretary award for his food safety projects, with particular acknowledgment of his creative development of new approaches to technical assistant linking USDA technical skills to international food safety and his outstanding efforts to enhance U.S. market access during WTO Accessions Negotiations with Middle Eastern countries.

Also, Dr. Eldakdoky received Unsung Hero Award, in recognition of his projects in technical assistant, and in his seminars on Halal, the Islamic system of food processing, which emphasized both the importance of customs and communications in doing business in Muslim countries.

He wrote USDA Halal Policy and assisted FSIS in negotiation with Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries officials to have many U.S.  Poultry slaughter process in consistent with Islamic Law which generated a high level of concern among U.S. exporters.

Before coming to USA Dr. Eldakdoky began his career as food technologist and export specialist for the Egyptian Government, managed export and import department and maintained effective relations with importers, representatives of trade organizations, governmental agencies and foreign officials, and cooperated with units/divisions of US AID, FAO, and other UN agencies on matters concerning food safety and international requirements. 

Dr. Eldakdoky has several degrees in food technology, export, marketing and interpersonal communication from Cairo, New York and Taxes A&M universities.

Abed Awad LLP

AHC Advisory Board

Internationally renowned Sharia Law expert
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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.

Quintin Gray

AHC Consultant

President and CEO, Q. Gray and Associates,

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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. This includes tours in Saudi Arabia as the Agricultural Trade Officer and in Dubai as the Agriculture Counselor. He currently is a Lead Instructor for the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), helping food importers and exporters comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations.

He is a highly sought-after speaker on various trade policy issues e.g. speaking on the Importance of International Trade Deals, the Impact of the Trump Administration withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, and on the potential impact of the United States, Mexico, Canada, Agreement (USMCA). He serves on advisory committees at Virginia International University, N.C. Agriculture and Technical State University, and as a Special Adviser for a U.S. Halal Certification Organization. He is fluent in French has some skills in Arabic and German.

Peter S. Unger

AHC Consultant

President & Principal Consultant of IQEIS

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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.

Mr. Unger currently consults with accreditation bodies and conformity assessment bodies to help them attain international recognition. Mr. Unger has a BS degree in systems engineering from Princeton University and a Master’s in environmental management from George Washington University.