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Board of Trustees

Fairfax University of America’s Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees acts as an active policy-making body for the institution and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the financial resources of the institution are adequate to provide a sound educational program. The Board of Trustees appoints executive officers who serve the university, carrying out the business and financial operations of the institution.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Hisham Altalib, Ph.D. (CHAIR)

Dr. Altalib holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He founded the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in 1981 and has served on its board and in leadership capacity for the institution. Dr. Altalib provides a variety of high level leadership experiences with non-profits that would give VIU an edge in developing itself into the future.

Ahmed Alwani, Ph.D. (PRESIDENT OF FXUA)

Dr. Alwani holds a Ph.D. in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He currently serves several non-profit organizations in the capacity of Executive Vice President including the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and the Heritage Education trust. He also worked with Virginia International University as the executive Director of Business Development and the Dean of the School of Continuing Studies from 2012-2014, which gives him familiarity with the institution on a deep level. He has also previously served in other university or educational settings including Cordoba University as the Associate Dean, as well as Maarif for Education and Training as the Vice President for Business Development. Additionally, Dr. Alwani brings a depth of experience to his service on VIU’s Board of Trustees with particular focus on human resource development, business development, and strategic planning.

S. Al-Shaikh-Ali Anas, Ph.D. (TRUSTEE)

Dr. Al-Shaikh-Ali holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Manchester. Dr. Al-Shaikh-Ali has served within several non-profit organizations including the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in the Translation Department and the International Publication Committee, where he currently serves as Chair and Director respectively. He has also served on several non-profit boards including the Islamic Conference Routh Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation, the Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism, Association of Muslim Social Scientists, Foundation for Education and Development, and Warwick University as an advisory board member. He has also served in several university contexts including working for the University of Mosul (serving as a Lecturer in English Literature and translation, and Director of Pubvlic and Cultural Relations), the University of Manchester (Research Fellow), the University of Wales (as Senior Research Fellow), the International Islamic University (as Chief European Representative), the Oxford Academic for Advanced Studies (as the Deputy Rector and Chairman of Planning Committee), Cambridge University (as the Management Board Member). Dr. Al-Shaikh-Ali brings a breadth of experience in university settings and think tanks, as well as significant experience helping universities/think tanks to develop relationships with international partners.

Mohamed Bedi Ould Ahmed, Ph.D. (TRUSTEE)

Dr. Mohamed Bedi Ould Ahmed holds a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne University. He has over twenty-three years of experience as a professor of Islamic law, comparative philosophy and economic theory. He has served on a variety of institutional boards including as a member of the board of directors of the Ecole Pratqieu des Hautes Etudes, president of the Advisory Council of the Euro-Arab Academy of Culture and Communications. He has also written numerous publications in the mainstream and specialized press. Dr. Mohamed Bedi Ould Ahmed brings a experience in a variety of international university settings and a depth of experience in academic research.

Gary Carlson, Ed.D. (TRUSTEE)

Gary R. Carlson, President for gCarlson Inc. consults colleges across the United States. He holds a doctorate of Education. His sharing of experiences and analysis with schools and colleges has produced improvement and performance for student success, student retention, regulatory compliance and faculty performance. His expertise encompasses the full scope of school leadership, faculty and operations. The schools and colleges he has mentored are believers in the methods used to improve their success. He has served in high level positions in higher education including serving as the President for a business college, the Chief Academic Officer over 127 colleges, and other appointments.