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F&J's Board of Directors

Ian Benouis J.D. (Chairman) - Austin

Anwar Khalifa (Exec. Committee) - Tyler
Nehal Elramly (Secretary, Exec. Comm.) - Plano Dr. Tarek Hussain - Houston
Mir Alikhan (Exec. Committee)- Houston Omar Hernandez - El Paso
Saaed Motawea - San Antonio

Mohamed Elibiary (President & CEO) - Plano

F&J’s Executive Officers

Mohamed Elibiary - Plano, TX

President & CEO

Mohamed ElibiaryMohamed Elibiary co-Founded the Freedom and Justice Foundation (F&J) in November 2002 to promote a Centrist Public Policy environment in Texas by coordinating the state level government and interfaith community relations for the organized Texas Muslim community. In 2005 Mohamed spearheaded the launching of the Texas Islamic Council (T.I.C.) as an F&J program for Muslim congregations and has quickly grown it to become the state's largest Muslim network encompasing 100,000 Texans. As Coordinator of the T.I.C., Mohamed developed working relationships with similar faith-based entities around Texas including the Texas Conference of Churches, Texas Catholic Conference and the Baptist General Convention of Texas. In 2006 the 16 largest Muslim congregations and civic organizations in Dallas-Fort Worth followed this example by creating a collective representative body called the North Texas Islamic Council (NTIC) and Mohamed was elected to its 7 member executive governing body.


Since 2005 Mohamed, as a National Security Policy Analyst, has been advising Intelligence and Law Enforcement agencies (ex. FBI, DHS, NCTC, ODNI, etc.) on various Counter-Terrorism (CT) issues (ex. Domestic Intelligence, Strategic Intelligence Analysis, Information Sharing and Radicalization).


He currently is:

  • currently pursuing a Certification in Homeland Security Studies at the Michigan State University (MSU) School of Criminal Justice
  • a 2008-2009 Fellow at the University of Southern California (USC) American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI). AMCLI is a joint program through USC's Center for Religion and Civic Culture and Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.
  • a contributing expert on Religion, Politics and Culture to the Dallas Morning News weekly Texas Faith Blog.
  • serving as Vice-President of the FBI-Dallas Citizens Academy Alumni Association
  • Chairman of the Collin County Citizens' Academy 
  • serving as a board member of the Greater Collin County Pachyderm (GOP) Club and an Executive Committee member of the Collin County Republican Party
  • serving as an Executive Board Member of Texas Impact, the State-Level Interfaith group
  • a Lifetime Member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
  • and a contributing specialist to the Muslim Matters Blog

Mohamed has earned several certifications from an Islamic University on issues related to Islamic Law and Governance, Contemporary Ideological Movements and other hot button topics related to our Post 9/11 era. He's received several awards for various accomplishments, including being appointed an "Ambassador" by the City of Plano and the "Invisible Giants Award" from the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama. The "Invisible Giants Award" is a national award given annually to persons who've followed in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by getting people registered and voting with past recipients being a who's who of the Civil Rights Movement.


Mohamed has written numerous articles published around the country on US-Muslim World Relations, been interviewed on numerous Conservative Talk Radio programs about issues related to US-Muslim World Relations, was recently part of a "Public Voices" documentary focused on repairing the American Democratic experiment that aired on nearly 300 television channels, as well as lectured before numerous Academic and Civic audiences on Contemporary Political Islam in the 21st Century and US National Security Policy.


Mohamed is a graduate of numerous civic programs including the FBI Citizens' Academy, National Sheriffs Association Crime Watch ProgramCollin County DA Citizens Academy, Leadership Plano, Plano Citizens' Academy, Plano Police Citizens' Academy and Plano Fire Citizens' Academy. Something interesting about Mohamed is that he's taught Media Executives from both the major Sunni and Shia Iraqi Political Parties on "What is the Media's Role in a Democratic Society", and was called a "Verbal Murder" by Mike Savage on his Radio Show for challenging the President's use of terms such as "Islamic Fascists" in media interviews broadcast globally to millions of readers.


Prior to co-founding F&J, Mohamed spent seven years in the Banking and I.T. industries with a background in Management and Network Engineering. Mohamed grew up in Far North Dallas attending Richardson schools from elementary to college, and was a starting left midfielder for the UT-Dallas Soccer Team. Mohamed has been married to his lifelong companion since 1996, and they have three beautiful daughters.


Sheikh Abdulhakim Mohamed PhD- Garland

T.I.C. Program Advisor 

Sheikh Abdulhakim Mohamed PhD

Sheikh Abdulhakim Mohamed joined the F&J team in August 2008 and brings several unique skill sets to the F&J network.


He earned his Bachelor's in Shariah (Islamic Law) from the University of Medina and holds a PhD in Islamic Philosophy. Abdulhakim is a 3rd generation American of Yemeni decent who grew up in Detroit and has been an imam in New York City, Detroit, Nashville and Fort Worth.


He's a former President of the Shura Council of Islamic organizations in New York City as well as the founding President of the North American Imams Federation.

Ian Benouis JD

Austin Public Affairs Rep. 

Ian Benouis

Ian Benouis grew up in Hawai'i to a Muslim father and Christian mother. He was confirmed in the United Methodist Church as a youth and converted to Islam as an adult.


He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and was a Blackhawk helicopter pilot in the US Army. He was a combat veteran participating in Operation Just Cause in the Republic of Panama.


He is an Intellectual Property law attorney having worked at a number of startups and companies having the roles of General Counsel, Vice President of Sales and Vice President of Operations.


He is married with four children and resides in Austin, Texas where he coaches and plays soccer. Next to serving as Chairman of F&J, he is also on the board of Texas Interfaith Power and Light which is part of Texas Impact.

Paul "Iesa" Galloway

Houston Public Affairs Rep.

Paul "Iesa" GallowayPaul “Iesa” Galloway, principle of Galloway Public Relations has served as a consultant, strategist and trainer for various nonprofit organizations’ public education campaigns including: numerous media, government and community relations programs.


In these capacities Mr. Galloway has lead major re-branding efforts, complete website overhauls, the creation of public service announcements, as well as event planning and crisis communication efforts. He received his degree in History and Public Relations from the University of Houston and is a member of The Public Relations Society of America.


Mr. Galloway is a native born Texan who hails from a military family. He enjoyed numerous opportunities to travel throughout his life. While attending Department of Defense schools in Germany, he has visited Kenya and Hungary during missionary trips, Poland and East Germany while they were under communism, as well as France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Holland and Austria.


Since becoming a practicing Muslim he has performed the Hajj pilgrimage and completed a study abroad program with the University of Houston on the History of Islamic Spain and Andalusian Philosophy featuring an imperial tour of Islamic capital cities in Southern Spain (Andalusia) and Morocco.


He is currently a Public Affairs Representative and Executive Board Member of the Freedom and Justice Foundation, a consultant for The Texas Dawah Conference and The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication.

F&J's Grassroots Leadership Advisory Council
*Titles are for identification purposes only.






Imam Dr. Yusuf Kavakci

Prof. Emeritus of Islamic law, Resident Scholar with Islamic Assoc. of North TX

Sheikh Waleed Basyouni

Imam & V.P. of Clear Lake Islamic Center (CLIC) – Houston, TX, Professor @ AOU

Hussain Kedwaii

Former Ameer (President) Islamic Association of Collin County - IACC

Abbas Abidi

North Texas Community Leader

Azhar Azeez Exec. Council Member of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) & Pres.-IAC Manzur Mahmud

Ameer (President) of the Islamic Assoc. of Collin County (IACC-Plano Mosque)

Ali Khan

Chair of the Islamic Association of Lewisville/Flower Mound

Ziad Al-Ramhi

Board Member of the Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA)

A. Basit Siddiqui Plano ISD Diversity & City Cultural Board Member

Nabil Elibiary

Spiritual Advisor & Board Member of Islamic Association of Carrollton (IAC)

Irfan Toor

Longtime Plano based community activist

Adil Hajjoubi President of American Moroccan Assoc. of North Texas (AMANT)

Rodwan Saleh

President of Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH)

Khalid Hamideh

Spokesman & General Counsel of IANT, Attorney at Law

Malik Sadiq

Corp. VP & Comm. Activist

H. Mustafaa Carroll

CAIR-DFW Pres. & DUMA Board Member

Moazzam Ahmed Director of

Ziad Qadora; Marwan Marouf; Raed Sbeit

Muslim American Society (MAS) DFW Chapter Leadership

Asad Rahman Former Pres. Of SMU-MSA, Attorney at Law

Kassem Elkhalil

Board Member of Al-Hadaya Academy (Fort Worth)

Mohammad Suleman

Past Chair of the Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT) – Dallas Central Mosque

Shaukat Gaziani

Former Ameer (Pres.) of Islamic Assoc. of Collin County (IACC)

Inayat I. Lalani M.D., Ambassador Syed Ahsani

Co-Chairman of American Muslim Alliance (AMA) – Southwest Region

Tariq Yoonas

IANT (Islamic Assoc. of North TX) Board of Trustees Member (Dallas Central Mosque)

Eric "Khalil" Meek

Pres. of Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), President of Islamic Association of Lewisville/Flower Mound

Mouffa Nahhas

F&J Chairman Emeritus - Arlington  Farha Ahmed J.D.  Sugar Land Attorney-At-Law


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