Meet Our Staff
We are the people running this project with the goals of bettering our community through education and art. Learn about where we come from, who we are, why we started this project, and what we do beyond it.
Hamzah Faiyaaz Jhaveri
Project Founder and President
Hamzah Jhaveri has lived in Orlando for the majority of his life. He conceptualized Islamic Artists of Orlando after the Paris shootings of 2015 to recast a positive image of Islam throughout his community. After the Pulse Massacre, Hamzah's fledgling organization assumed a greater significance in his wounded community. Aside from running IAO, Hamzah is a student at Lake Highland Preparatory School. He works part time as a biophysics researcher at the University of Central Florida. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing poetry, and volunteering.
Muhammad Yusuf Khattak
Project Vice President and Chief of Media
Muhammad Khattak has been Vice President of Islamic Artists of Orlando ever since its establishment. His passion for philosophy and cultural studies sparked into an authentic appreciation for the arts that he uses everyday in working on the project. Outside of IAO, Muhammad is currently a student at Lake Highland Preparatory School. Beyond working for the project, he enjoys participating on his school’s speech and debate team, writing music, and reading.
Michael Levin has been project manager for Islamic Artists of Orlando since its third month of operation and feels very thankful to be participating in such a relevant and meaningful community based project. Other than helping to organize events and exhibitions for IAO, he splits his time between teaching art history at Lake Highland Preparatory School and English at Valencia College, and playing music in various rock projects.
Joseph Ziad Khoury
Chief Artistic Consultant
Joseph Khoury is the Chief Artistic Consultant for Islamic Artists of Orlando, and began working with the group in early 2017 when hearing about their potential Faith Arts Village of Orlando show. As an Arab-American lover of the arts, he immediately felt connected to the cause and decided to make a film for the show which visually interpreted classic Sufi literature. He is currently a student at Lake Highland Preparatory School. His passions include filmmaking, music, reading, history, and philosophy.
Chief of Finances and Marketing
Jewel Posniak has been with Islamic Artists of Orlando since the fifth month of its establishment. She is involved in IAO because she believes in fighting for religion and fighting against the stereotypes that it is associated with. She is currently a student at The First Academy, and in her free time enjoys writing music and reading.
Interested in Contributing?
If you think you have the time, skills, and resources to regularly contribute to our project as a staff member, please press the button below and write us an email. We would love to have you working on our staff!