Abbas Mohamed

A social entrepreneur, biotech professional, and SERIOUS foodie. He coordinates the entertainment, cooking demos, and eating competitions at Halalfest, so be sure to swing by the stage and say hello! He is also the director of GAMA, a non-profit dedicated to supporting and empowering artists in the Muslim community. Abbas co-hosts The Artistic Foodies Podcast with Irfan Rydhan. You can see a lot of his food adventures documented on our Instagram @halalfest

Nizar Ahmed

A native to the San Francisco Bay Area and has volunteered with many non-profits such as Medina Education Center, Rahima Foundation and the North American Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA). From calamari to cocoa Nizar is always up to taste where the next hot spot would be to recommend to all with the affinity for delicious food.

Atif Qureshi

Long time American Muslim Community Activist. He was one of the Past Directors of Bay Area based AMILA.org (American Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism), as well as zabihah.com – the World’s largest database of Halal Restaurants and Businesses and also The ICCF (Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno). His quest for finding the best gyros has taken him to locales all over the country