Board of Trustees

Bilal Sert

Bilal Sert, PhD

Dr. Bilal Sert received his doctoral degree from Texas Woman’s University, Dallas, TX, in sociology of religion. His research interests have included Muslim ethnicities in the West, immigrant communities of the US, and identity issues for the Muslim youth in the US. He has taught at various institutions and colleges and presented at conferences and seminars. He has designed curriculum for a number of Islamic study programs, particularly for the Islamic middle and high schools, in the fields of Islamic faith, Islamic history, Qur’anic exegesis, and Seerah studies. Dr. Sert writes and speaks on various topics that deal with the Qur’anic studies, social and political issues the Muslims face today, interfaith understanding, and the challenges of Islamic education in the US. He lives in Dallas, TX with his wife and two daughters.

Ajaz Ahmad Khan

Ajaz Ahmad Khan

Ajaz Ahmad Khan has studied at Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, and Sheikh Ahmad Kuftaro University in Damascus, and University of Delhi in India. He has lectured and taught at various institutions on Islamic studies including Islamic law, Qur’anic studies and Arabic literature. He has been involved in several interfaith projects at different capacities in India, Egypt, and the US. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Seyma Aslan

Dr. Seyma Aslan

Dr. Seyma Aslan leads a team of scientists for innovation in product formulation at L’Oreal Research & Innovation Laboratories . She received her PhD, Masters of Science, Masters of Philosophy, and Postdoctoral Training from Yale University and a bachelor of science degree from Drexel University in Chemical Engineering. She had worked at prestigious chemical companies including DuPont, Sunoco, and Saint-Gobain. She teaches Innovation courses in Engineering School at Yale University.

In addition to her scholarly activities and leadership, she works tirelessly in many non-profit organizations including “Well Spring Educational Foundation”, “Society of Women Engineers” and was the recipient of “Community Service Award” from both Yale Univ. and Harvard Univ. for her work in advancement of women in education. She is the President of North East Islamic Community Center which operates in six states in the northeast region. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.