Governing Board

Our Governing Board consists of the following members selected from the school's parent body. Current members are:

Br. Ali Rizvi
Ali Rizvi is a founding member of ILM Academy and has been with the school since day one. He moved to Atlanta from New Jersey in 2007. All of his children studied at ILM. His son was in ILM from PreK3 to 6th grade and is now doing Hifz. He has two daughters in ILM. Ali has Electronics and Communication Engineering degree from New Delhi, India. He works as QA Analyst at Promethean Inc. Alpharetta, GA.

Br. Amir Ahmed
Amir Ahmed is a 42-year father of three children who attend Ilm Academy. He is a journalist who moved to Atlanta from Ohio in 1996 to work for CNN and establish a family. Amir grew up in Egypt and Saudi Arabia before moving to the US at the age of 15. After finishing high school in Michigan, he went to get his undergraduate degree from University of Cincinnati and his MBA from Clark Atlanta University.

Br. Imran Balkhi - Chairman
Imran has been an active volunteer at ILM since 2008. He served on ILM board during school years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. Imran has been integral part of the tax credit program during past 6 years. Last year, he participated in Principal Search, Tax Credit, Finance, Facility and High School Committees.  Eldest son, Raiyyan, is an ILM 8th grade graduate and alumni.  Imran has 2 kids enrolled in the school this year. He is an IT professional, entrepreneur, co-founder & Chief Technology Officer of a technology product company.

Br. Pervaiz Shaikh
Br. Parvez moved to Atlanta with family in 2015 and has two children in ILM academy. He is a Management Consultant and Partner at a large global consulting firm where his work has focused on Analytics, i.e., helping companies use data and insights to drive business decisions. He was a leading member of the school's Principal Search Committee during 2016-17. His vision and objective for ILM is to provide an enriching learning environment for students so they excel in both academics and extra-curricular activities and grow into future leaders who serve their community and are proud of their identity as Muslim Americans.

Br. Reza Rizvi - Secretary
Reza been an active volunteer serving ILM Academy since he joined the community back in 2009. He previously served on the board from 2013-2015. He has 3 kids currently enrolled in the school. He has a background in Electrical Engineering and is currently working as a senior manager for a large professional services firm.

Br. Sameer Shaikh - Treasurer 
Sameer is a founding member of ILM Academy and has been with the school since day one. He has a Bachelor's degree from India and Masters in Business Administration from Kennesaw State. He has 17 years of IT experience and currently works for an Atlanta based company as an IT Manager overseeing development and support of multiple applications. Sameer has one daughter enrolled at the school.

Br. Samir Shamma
Br Samir is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio where he received his bachelors degree from the University of Cincinnati in Computer Engineering in 2008. During his undergraduate years he served as vice-president for one year and president for three years for the Muslim Student Association. After graduating, he spent a year studying Arabic at Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan. He moved to Atlanta in 2015 with his wife and children to advance his career in Software Engineering. Although not a teacher, he comes from a line of educators. His mother, Dr. Freda Shamma, a published author of Islamic books and pioneer of Islamic curriculum development, serves as an important role model and resource to him. 

Members are NOT compensated for serving on the board. They are all volunteers.

We welcome all parents and community members to participate in the proper governance of ILM Academy by taking active part in this process.

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