Our Team





The Board of Directors of HTO is comprised of five permanent members and the management team
includes eight full-time staff members. HTO has over 40 auditors, scientific consultants, Islamic religious experts, technical experts and industry veterans trained by and working with HTO to provide us with the knowledge and expertise that we need to serve the food and non-food industries.



Our experienced officers supervise HTO's Halal program and make sure our Halal standards remain in

compliance with those of our clients' target markets.

President, Dr. Ahmad Al-Absy 

Director, Jalot Al-Absy 


We maintain a diverse team of technical advisors with decades of combined experience in the fields of animal science, food processing, food technology, and chemical engineering.

Sami Alabsy,
MS, Chemical Engineering
, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

Bayan Al-Absy 

MS, Journalism, Columbia University, New York, New York

Karima Al-Absy 

MS, Middle Eastern Studies, New York University, New York

Nadia Al-Absy 

MS, Accounting, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska

Mohammad Abu-Arja 

MD, University of Jordan; MS, University of Edinburgh, Scotland



Dr. Ahmad Al-Absy

Ph.D. Animal Sciences, Iowa State University, Iowa

Dr. Mohammad Azam

DVM, University of Agriculture, School of Veterinary Medicine, Lahore, Pakistan

Dr. Ali Hakimi

Ph.D. Poultry Science, Oregon State University, Portland, Oregon

Dr. Mahmood Ahmad

DVM, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan; Retired USDA Health Inspector

Mohammad Al-Absy

B.S. Actuarial Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

Ezz Abdelsamad

B.A. Business Management, Experience in Meat Processing, Los Angeles, California

Imam James Barber

Twenty years of experience in poultry slaughter


Imam Ahmad Elzaree

MD, Ein Shams University, Egypt

Graduate of Al-Azhar University

Currently Imam and lecturer at Islamic Centers in NE, TX and MD

Sheikh Rachid Belbachir

Islamic Scholar, Ijaza in Islamic Fiqh and Iftaa, Algeria

Dr. Assad Busool

Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Berkeley, California

Author of more than 40 books in Islamic studies.

Imam Jamal Daoudi
Ph.D., Islamic studies

Imam of the American Muslim Institute, Omaha, Nebraska


Occasionally, HTO may need a Religious Opinion/Fatwa regarding issues concerning the Halal procedures and other matters that we may encounter during our research and routine work in checking on the Halal. At such times, we will seek religious opinions from Dar Al-Ifta’ in Palestine, in addition to other authorities, regarding these matters.



احيانا قد تحتاج مؤسستنا الى رأي او فتوى دينيه بخصوص مواضيع وحالات تتعلق بطرق وسبل التدقيق على الحلال التي قد تواجهنا اثناء القيام بأبحاثنا وأعمالنا المعتادة.  في تلك الاوقات سوف نلجأ الى دار الافتاء في فلسطين, بالإضافة الى سلطات دينيه اخرى, لأبداء الرأي والنصيحة لنا حول هذه الامور



A law firm represents and advises HTO on local laws and  legal matters.



World Halal Food Council (WHFC)

American Association of Halal Certifiers (AAHC)

USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC)

USA Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

Institute of Food Technology (IFT)

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC)

Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)

Arab American Institute (AAI)

Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce (GOCC)

Better Business Bureau (BBB)

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

National Wildlife Federation

Ocean Conservancy

Nature Conservancy