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Meet the Team

The MEND vision has brought together people from all walks of life and disciplines. We are a team of entrepreneurs, doctors, policy analysts, grass-roots activists, Muslims and non-Muslims all bound by the ethos of a zero-tolerance policy towards anti-Muslim hatred. Our staff are the backbone of the organisation and are detailed below.

Regional Managers at Mend

Dr Shazad Amin - CEO

Dr Shazad Amin is Chief Executive of Muslim Engagement & Development

He recently retired as a NHS Consultant in Adult Psychiatry based in Manchester. He works as a Court Expert Witness, mainly in the area of Clinical Negligence. He is also a Chair of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, which makes decisions about a doctors’ fitness to practise. He is a Care Quality Commission Specialist Advisor.

He is also an aspiring actor, and enrolled as a student in a local School of Acting. He is married with three children and does not support Manchester United.

Aman Ali – Head of Community Development & Engagement

Aman currently is undertaking his master’s studies at UCL’s institute of education, having initially graduated from Queen Mary University with a Bsc in Biology with Psychology. Aman started his journey in MEND initially as a volunteer before becoming mend's London Regional Manager between 2015-2017.

He has many years of experience working with various Muslim youth organisations, having started out as a Muslim youth worker at the age of 17. He then moved onto various roles including being previously Head of Media at FOSIS, teaching science at secondary level and volunteering with the Muslim Youth Network.

Amirah Mulla - North West Regional Manager

Amirah graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester before returning to complete an MA in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response. During this time, she was part of the administration committee for the Young People in Humanitarianism Conference and also completed an internship with a third party monitoring and evaluation organization in Turkey.
Amirah has also managed a behavioural school and taught science at high school level. This involved endless patience and the overuse of phrases like ‘I’m not mad, just disappointed’.

She is currently happy to admit that she supports Manchester United.

Iqra Zulfiqar - Administrative Assistant to North West Regional Manager

Iqra is currently a law student at the University of Manchester. She wants to pursue a career in human rights. She has volunteered for different organisations, both in the UK and Italy.

She is a huge cricket fan and a horror and marvel movies lover.

Shahab Adris – Yorkshire & Humber Regional Manager

Shahab is a graduate of International Development with East Asian Studies (Leeds University) and will soon be completing his postgraduate MA in Media and International Development from UEA. He has travelled to Europe on a ‘journalism and conflict’ trip coinciding with the centenary of the first world war and completed an ‘Essentials in Humanitarian Practice’ course, helping him understand the dynamics of humanitarian and emergency assistance, courtesy of UEA School of International Development.

Vacant - Administrative Administrative Assistant to Yorkshire Regional Manager

Azhar Qayum - Midlands Regional Manager

Azhar Qayum graduated with a LLB honours in Law from the University of Coventry in 2001. After a brief career in law he went in to business and has run various businesses over the past seventeen years. He has been a community organiser and activist for more than twenty years, starting whilst still at school. Azhar has volunteered at various levels with Muslim student and community associations, charities and local masajid. For the last few years he has also run a successful Arabic language foundation course.

Isma Safiyya - Administrative Assistant to Midlands Regional Manager

Isma Safiyya graduated with a BA Honours in Health and Social Welfare from Teesside University in 2016. She was formerly a Nursery Practitioner working in various Nurseries throughout Birmingham. Isma has also volunteered at various Islamic Schools teaching Muslim students the teachings of Islam and helping them enunciate their Arabic language in order to recite the Qur’an correctly and confidently.

Isma enjoys eating healthy, maintaining her health by visiting the gym on a regular basis, she also loves cooking, baking, reading and spending time with her loved ones.

Sahar Al-Faifi - South Wales & West England Regional Manager

Sahar Al-Faifi is the assistant general secretary of the Muslim Council of Wales (MCW), former Chair of FOSIS Wales and a community organiser for Citizen UK Wales. Sahar is a graduate from Cardiff University in Genetics; MSc in Biomedical Science and previously worked as a molecular geneticist at the NHS.

Gulshanara Nuree - Administrative Assistant to South Wales & West Regional Manager

Gulshanara Nuree is a Graphic Designer graduate and currently studying a CIM approved Marketing course. She developed an interest for Marketing and Public Relations after being employed as Social Media Ambassadors for the University of Wales and Head of Communications for FOSIS. Through redeveloping branding and marketing material, she increased Islamic Societies membership.

Nuree started her journey in MEND initially as a volunteer before becoming Administrative Assistant for the South Wales & West Regional Manager. Her passion is helping Muslims reach their full potentials.

Mohammad Shoaib - London Regional Manager

Mohammad Shoaib is a graduate from the University of Essex receiving a BA Hons in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and is currently undertaking an MRes in Public Policy at Queen Mary’s University. Shoaib was formerly the Fundraising Officer at the charity Muntada Aid and President of Essex Islamic Society. During his time at university he was involved in encouraging wider participation of Muslim students on campus and hopes to continue this with communities in London whilst working at MEND. Shoaib aims to further his career in politics by venturing into policy analysis once he completes his postgraduate studies.

Vacant - London Regional Manager

Vacant - Administrative Assistant to London Regional Managers

Yusuf Kalam - Relationships Manager

Yusuf Kalam graduated with a 1st Class Bachelors Degree in Law and has been working within the third sector for the past 4 years. During that time he has built successful fundraising portfolios, raising money for 20 different countries in over 3 continents.

A confident and active member of the community, his achievements include becoming Business Manager within the NHS aged 23 in 2013, voluntary service with International Relief Development (Jordan) in 2014 and winning a Project Management Award in 2016.

Further to this, he has undertaken a number of short courses with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) & the Institute of Fundraising.

By joining MEND, Yusuf will be responsible for enhancing our partnerships, providing a tailored service to donors and increasing our supporter network.

Isobel Ingham-Barrow - Head of Policy & Research

Isobel received her BA (Hons) in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies with Persian, an MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies, and an MRes in Middle East Studies from the University of Exeter. Alongside her work with MEND, she lectures at the University of Exeter and is a postgraduate researcher in Area and Development Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. Her PhD research project is an exploration of masculinity within British Muslim communities.

Omar Begg - Senior Policy Analyst

Omar received an LLB in Law from Sussex University, and an MSc in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics. He held several elected leadership positions while studying, and represented his university in Rugby and MMA.

Before MEND, Omar worked at a specialist corporate communication firm, and previously managed policy and public affairs for a Think Tank.

In his spare time Omar enjoys reading about the criminal justice system, civil rights, Islamic history, and British-Muslim experiences. He also enjoys talking about his skills in the kitchen more than he actually makes anything in it.

Hayfa Ali - Junior Researcher

Hayfa received a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Politics from University of Liverpool, and MA in Gender with special reference to the Middle East from SOAS. During university, she was involved in Amnesty International Society and led the ‘My Body My Rights’ campaign on campus, and was a member of Liverpool Community Spirit Youth Council. She has worked for and volunteered with women’s organisations and keen to pursue a career in research and policy. Hayfa is an avid Liverpool F.C. supporter, and enjoy reading, writing and drawing.

Aamina Siddiqi - Junior Researcher

Aamina has a BA in Anthropology and African Studies, and MA in Religion, Politics and Society from the University of Birmingham. As a student she was an editor for the university newspaper where she developed an interest in diversifying journalism and the importance of religion within the political landscape.

In her spare time, Aamina enjoys baking and reading, and is currently participating in a creative writing and theatre programme.

Zeeshan Ali - Media & Policy Analyst

Zeeshan holds a first-class degree in MSci Pharmacology from University College London. During his Master’s year, he was elected UK National Policy Officer of a student-led NGO, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, which prompted him to pursue a career in policy analysis. He is passionate about empowering members of the community and tackling discriminatory narratives and policies within the socio-political field. Other causes of interest include access to medicines. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, dancing; and has undertaken various charity-based activities including skydiving.

Ruqaiyah Amin - Education Resource Officer

Ruqaiyah is a graduate from the University of Manchester in Arabic and Spanish and is currently undertaking a Masters in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS. Ruqaiyah has engaged in various volunteer roles including teaching English abroad and was former Vice Chair of FOSIS North. As exemplified by her degree choices, her interests lie in all things Middle Eastern but she is also a passionate foodie, loves travelling and dabbles in photography in her spare time.

Baris Varli - Administrative Assistant to Policy & Research Team

Baris will be graduating this year with a BA in Politics and International Realtions (Goldsmiths College, University of London) and starting his postgraduate MSc in Development Studies from SOAS. Throughout his academic life Baris has been active in student politics, holding various positions in the Student Union and societies. Furthermore he has embarked on several entrepreneurial missions and taken part in a number of highly competitive internships in addition to volunteering for domestic and international organisations. An aspiring academic and policy analyst, Baris would like to focus on the role of development discourse in public policy and international aid/intervention.

In his free time he likes to walk listening to the Quran and his favourite podcasts, as well as spending time with his family and friends.

Faiza Mukith – IRU Head of Legal

Faiza is a qualified lawyer with expertise in pro bono and employment law. She graduated from SOAS and completed her Legal Practice Course and Diploma in Business and Administration at BBP Law school. She completed her training contract and qualified in an international commercial law firm. Throughout her legal career, Faiza has been an active member of the law firm’s Muslim Networks, and Diversity and Multicultural alliances. She has completed the Advocates for International Development training course, and has worked for multiple legal advice centres – namely, North Kensington Law Centre in support of the Grenfell Tower disaster victims.

Faiza is currently studying Arabic part time at Arabica Institute. Faiza and her sisters have their own catering business on the side. She does not cook any of the food so as to prevent the business from failing.

Huda Osman - IRU Caseworker

Huda graduated with a First Class Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. During her time in university she grew a passion for study counter terrorism and has conducted research projects focusing on the PREVENT Duty. Throughout her university years Huda was heavily involved in the Islamic Society, actively leading on events such as Charity Week. She has continued her activism by joining various organisations, including Federation of Islamic Societies (FOSIS) and has also become a youth worker. She aims to further her career in Criminology by studying Counter- Terrorism at PhD level.

Outside of work and studies, Huda enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and watching Ertugrul.

Vacant - Social Media Co-ordinator

Juwel Mahmud – Graphic & Web Designer

Juwel is an experienced graphic and web designer with over a decades worth of experience in working within his field. Prior to joining MEND, he delivered a project that was showcased at the Houses of Parliament and developed a website highlighting the work of NGO projects overseas.

Mohammad Chowdhury - Junior Graphics Designer

Mohammad is currently undertaking BSc in Marketing and Multimedia. He has several years of experience in the creative field, working for organisations like Ogilvy & Mather, Carver Haggard and Hammersmith & Fulham Borough of London. He was previously a freelance photographer, video editor and graphics designer as well as being a Creative Director for Eritrean Muslim Community Association (EMCA) and Eritrean Muslim Youth UK (EMYUK).

Outside of work, he is a keen photographer and foodie. And thinks Arsenal supporters are the worst thing since sparkling water.

Na'eem Ibn Farooq - Operations Co-ordinator

Na’eem is a BSc Economics graduate with six years’ experience at one of the UK’s most renowned brands within disciplines such as strategy, project management, commercial development and HR. Whilst working at MEND, he is also studying MSc Violence, Conflict and Development. In recent years, he has built experience in the charity sector through volunteer work and internships.

Outside of work and studies, Na’eem enjoys playing sports, HIIT training, hiking, yoga and reading whilst recovering.

Tahsin Karim - Administrator

Tahsin is a passionate and valuable member of the team. She is a student of Arabic and Qur’an, whilst also teaching young children in her spare time. Tahsin enjoys cooking, baking and capturing photos of the sunrise and sunset.

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