About the Chamber

About the Chamber

Board of Directors

We are governed by a 7-member Board of Directors and our services are provided by a valuable group of volunteers, business leaders, and professional staff.  For more information on us or any of our programs, please contact us at info@ilmchamber.org

Shafeek Abooubaker


Partner at OctwareUSA

Shafeek is a partner at OctwareUSA, a boutique software development, enterprise solution and IT consulting company.Shafeek has over 22 years of experience in the IT industry and he and his team has successfully delivered several complex IT projects for their clients. He has earned his Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University and he is also a certified project management professional. Shafeek’s other interests are civic engagement, networking, travelling and spending time with his family. Shafeek resides in Naperville with his wife and two children.

President of Chi-Care
President of AVCS Chicago Inc
Vice President of Islam in Prison
Manager at Midwestern University

Farhan is a Certified Technology Expert and Guru in the Audio Visual Engineering field, Top Tech Consultant and a Business Entrepreneur. Farhan resides in the Western Suburbs of Chicago where he lives with his wife and their two children.

Farhan Ahmed

Vice President – Membership

Zahra Antar

BOD & Vice President

Real Estate Broker at Antar Realty
BOD Vice President at ILMCC
BOD at ICW and HR chair
BOD at Vice president at Madina Community
Board of advisory at ICNA Relief

Zahra Antar is married and a mother of three children. She has -BA in Arts – visual communication from the Lebanese University. BA degree in Nonprofit management emphasis on Community Leadership and Civic Engagement at Northern Illinois (NIU). Currently pursuing her Master in Public administration – MPA at NIU.

Mrs. Antar has been in the Real estate business since 2010, She also manages multiple LLC.

Prior professional expertise at Bank of America as Web Analyst. Mrs. Antar has been involved with multiple nonprofit organizations since 2007

She is currently a Board of director at Madina community.

Mrs. Antar is Board member and Human sources committee chair at Islamic Center of Wheaton.

She has extensive experience working with ICNA Relief Chicago and is a member of their Board of Advisory.
She is currently serving as BOD & Vise president at Illinois Muslim Chamber of Commerce

Owner of Northwest General Contractors, Inc.

Omar Graduated from Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. After working as a civil engineer for three years following graduation, Omar fed his hunger for entrepreneurship by starting his own construction business, which is still in operation today. Omar serves on the boards of two private schools in the Western Suburbs of Chicago where he lives with his wife and their three children.

Omar Ali


Meraj Alam


Secretary, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Business Analyst and QA Manager at Shift7 Digital
Managing Partner, Light Up Photo Booth
Secretary, Chi-Care
Mentor/Senior Instructor at Point of Solutions Training Division

Known as the Renaissance Man, Meraj Alam has been notorious for Loyal, Passionate, and being hardworking. He’s held positions C-Levels, Managing Partner, Product Owner, for Staffing companies, Digital Consultant at a web agency, in the event services industry with his team at Light Up Photo Booth, and is an active Board Member for Chi-Care where he and his fellow team members donate 100% of their time and effort to feed the Homeless. Meraj comes to us bringing not only his marketing background, customer service skills, but providing partnership across the board. He currently resides in the Western Suburbs and is also a proud member of the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce.

Owner of C&A Financial

Thabraize Ahmed is currently the owner of C&A Financial, an accounting firm located in Rolling Meadows, IL which specializes in book-keeping and payroll for small and medium business including many nonprofits Islamic schools and masjids all over the USA. They also handle income tax preparation for individuals, businesses and nonprofits.

Thabraize Ahmed


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