Kemal Omar is one of the original proponents of AMAN, recognising the need for a dedicated political advocacy body for Australian Muslims. He is an active member of the Muslim Summit steering committee, a joint endeavour representing over 160 Muslim organisations. Kemal has twenty three years experience in the IT industry designing and developing software solutions across a variety of industries. In the past seventeen years, he’s worked on ECM implementations as an architect, designer, developer, business analyst and project co-ordinator. During this time he has implemented ECM solutions using IBM FileNet, Microsoft Sharepoint© and Bizflow©.Kemal has delivered solutions for organisations in Australia and South Africa including Suncorp, Hutchinson Builders, CoINVEST, Commonwealth Bank, Heritage Building Society, Rabobank, Queensland Health, Investec Bank, Wesfarmers and Standard Bank. Kemal specialises in all aspects of Document Capture, Business Process Management and Content Management, and holds FileNet certifications in sales, developer, administration and architect disciplines.
Dr Mustafa Ally, OAM is another founding director who worked with Kemal Omar on the vision of AMAN. He is a senior academic at the University of Southern Queensland’s School of Management and Enterprise where he teaches and researches in the field of information systems and technology. He was awarded a USQ citation for outstanding contributions to student learning in 2016 for his leadership in this University wide professional development initiative, and in 2018 for outstanding contribution to learning and teaching. Mustafa founded and co-ordinated the CCN Young Muslim Writers Awards and established the Queensland Muslim Historical Society and the Queensland Muslim Museum. He also compiled a book on The 100-year History of the Holland Park Mosque. Dr Ally was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the 2013 Australia Day Awards for his services to various communities and for his promotion of interfaith harmony. He was appointed a People of Australia Ambassador in the same year by the Australian Government ‘in recognition of (his) significant contribution to the community and the wider Australian society’.
Professor Mohamad Abdalla is the Founding-Director of the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) at the University of South Australia. Previously, he was the Founding-Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies and the Griffith Islamic Research Unit (GIRU) at Griffith University. His authored and co-authored books include Islamic schooling in the West: Pathways to Renewal; Leadership in Islam: Processes and Solutions in Australian Organizations; Islamic Science: The myth of the decline theory; and Islam in the Australian News Media. Professor Abdalla is one of Australia’s most prominent and respected Muslim leaders, who held multiple distinguished community and academic posts, and received multiple civic awards, including the Ambassador of Peace Award, the Community Leadership Award, the Islamic Council of Queensland Community Service Award, and the Crescents of Brisbane Special Achievement Award.
Adel Salman, has been the Vice President of the Islamic Council of Victoria since October 2016 with the portfolio of Policy and Advocacy. Born in Egypt to Egyptian parents, Adel is fluent in Arabic and English. His profession outside of ICV is electrical engineering by qualification; however, he has held Senior procurement roles in private industry and government. Adel’s goals are to change the narrative about Islam and Muslims, and to reverse the tide of Islamophobia. Through his leadership, ICV has established an Islamophobia Toolkit on their website, making it easier for victims in Victoria to seek support. Adel wants to achieve a positive voice for Victorian-Muslims, a sense of belonging along with reduced discrimination. He is Director of Arkan Toledo which delivers special religious instruction at Victorian state schools and also a Board Director for Arkana Islamic College in Sydney NSW. Adel continues to be a strong proponent of the importance of engagement in Australia’s democratic system. He is an active member of the Australian Muslim Community National Summit steering committee, a joint endeavour involving over 160 Muslim organisations.