The HalalFest Team

Ali Malik, CEO: A California native and a veteran in the Bay Area Halal Food scene. Ali previously co-owned and managed multiple Halal Restaurants in the Bay. He served as a COO of a multinational franchise conglomerate with several brands and hundreds of QSR under his umbrella. Ali is actively involved as an angel/seed investor and a serial entrepreneur focusing on growth in all market segments. Previously Ali served as the Head of Finance and Business Development and now is at the helm as the Chairman and CEO if HalalFest, Inc. Ali is also a Financial Advisor and Consultant to several Business, Political and Community leaders across America. He served on the boards of various non-profits and was previously the President of UMA, one of the oldest American Muslim Political Action organizations. Follow Ali on Instagram @c.ali.ber

Irfan M. Rydhan, Founder & COO: Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Irfan is a well known Halal Foodie with over 1,000 reviews across several online platforms including Yelp, Google, Zabihah and Zomato. Irfan has over 20 years of experience in Event Planning & Management as well as Business Marketing and Promotions. Check out his podcast with co-host Abbas Mohamed called The Artistic Foodies which is available on Spotify, YouTube and Google Podcasts. Follow Irfan’s reviews and musings about Halal Food, Media, and Art @irydhan

Zaaim Malik, CMO: Zaaim is a 15 year old entrepreneur who spent the majority of his childhood in the Bay Area. Zaaim started as the Chief Marketing Officer of HalalFest in June 2021. He strives to provide a keen eye for detail in design, presentation, and quality aspect of marketing in his new role. Concurrent to his first book, The First 15 (which will be released soon), Zaaim is actively pursuing numerous ventures and is amenable to new ideas. You can reach him on instagram at @zaaimmalik

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 or on his personal IG @babashamss

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


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