We are striving to demystify the process by which history is often codified and rendered distant and disengaging to the ordinary lives and experiences of millions of people, many of whom find themselves unable to extract meaning and significant answers to several questions pertaining to the rich and often misunderstood heritage and history of the Muslim past
Dr. Stef Keris
MEET OUR BOARD OF EXECUTIVES
Dr. STEF KERIS BA, MA, PHD
CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & HEAD OF RESEARCH
Dr. Stef Keris is an Award-winning Historian, Published Author, Professional Lecturer, Television Presenter and accomplished History Scholar whose numerous lectures, books, published documentaries and taught courses have been translated into several languages and used as core study texts in schools and study programs. In addition to his doctorate in History, Dr. Stef Keris has also attended Cambridge University where he obtained a teaching license (CELTA).
Dr. Stef Keris holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in Political Science, International Technical, Economic Cooperation and Romance Linguistics. Over the years, Dr. Stef Keris has demonstrated his expert skills and competence as a professional educator, having taught in several establishments throughout Europe and the Middle East. He is also a qualified Muslim Chaplain.
Dr. Stef Keris has also appeared on several television programs internationally, most notably as a host for Huda TV (Egypt) where he delivered an extended series on the global history of Islam.
For several decades, Dr. Stef Keris has been prolific in his research and literary endeavors to revive the lost heritage and legacy of Muslims. A consummate and competent scholar in the field of Islamic History, Dr. Stef has authored and published several books and documentaries on the following subjects:
• The Untold History and Heritage of Islam in Europe
• The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire
• Detailing how Islam spread across the World
• Studies on the meaning of Islamic Culture and Identity
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Stef Keris has reached a global audience, ranging from school children to university students. He is a prolific writer and a lifelong learner whose proficient command of several diverse languages has enabled him to convey his vast knowledge of History to international audiences. Dr. Stef Keris is fluent in several languages including English, German, Greek, French, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic. He is also currently studying Turkish.
Mr. IBRAHIM M. BOW BA, MSc, ACMA
CO-FOUNDER, STRATEGIC DIRECTOR
Mr M Bow is the founder and strategic director of both the Islamic History Institute and Ilm Film Studios, in 2020 he became the co-founder of PGI Publications and the Muqaddima Program alongside Dr Stef Keris.
Mr M Bow has also served as a content strategy consultant, presenter and production manager for international broadcasting networks serving global audiences, most notably on Huda TV (UK), Guide us TV (US) and the Muslim American Network (MAN). He has also been invited onto Emaan Channel to present his history projects. He is also heavily engaged in the design and development of highly engaging digital platforms, for online education.
Over the years, his independent production studio - Ilm Film studios, has been commissioned by a number of television production companies in the UK and in Germany - to provide custom animations for documentaries and films. In October 2020, a London based BAFTA Award winning production company commissioned the Ilm Film Studios to produce custom animation footage for a based history series on the Discovery network.
Ustadh Ibrahim has spent several years teaching and researching about Islamic History and Historiography, fields in which he has received numerous invitations as a guest lecturer for a number of university audiences and societies within the UK, he has also delivered structured online programs for students in the UAE.
Mr M Bow is a by profession a Senior Financial Analyst and a Chartered Management Accountant for over 15 years in world leading telecom corporations. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Studies as well as two post-graduate degrees, in Financial Management. Mr M Bow is certified member of England’s leading and prestigious Royal Historical Society and of the Historical Association.
Mr. YAASIR L. KERIS BA, MA
DIRECTOR OF SALES & FINANCE
Yaasir L. Keris occupies several posts and directorships on number of executive boards dedicated to educational programs and initiatives - including the Lost History Project, PGI Publications and the Muqaddima Program.
Over several years, Yaasir L. Keris has also served as a trusted and key member of Dr Stef Keris’s educational enterprise, having immersed himself in the development of seminal platforms, programs and resources.
Mr Keris holds a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in Islamic Banking & Insurance. He is currently on a sabbatical in Egypt, where he is studying the Arabic language.
Ustadha. SUMAYYAH F. IBRAHIM BS
LEAD COURSE ADMINISTRATOR
Ustadha. Ibrahim was appointed as Lead Course Administrator and occupies a key post on the executive board. Her responsibilities include oversight of administrative operations including official student correspondence and all enrolment related inquiries. Ustadha Ibrahim is a retired high school teacher and avid traveller who has spent several years in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Syria) where she learned Arabic. She has a Bachelors degree in Microbiology.
Ustadha. ULFA HASAN MA
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT FOR DR STEF KERIS
Ustadha. Ulfa serves as the executive assistant to Dr. Stef Keris and is responsible for all external communications on behalf of the executive board as well as coordinating executive engagements and schedules. She has read English Literature at university.
Mr. K. ABDUL HAKIM MA
OFFICE MANAGER & EVENTS COORDINATOR
Mr Abdul Hakim is our business manager and events coordinator, he is responsible for the coordination and preparation for events, lectures and activities. Mr Abdul Hakim has a BA in Accounting and Financial Management with a professional background in Banking.