Dr Shazad Amin – CEO
Dr Shazad Amin is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in the NHS. He qualified from the University of Manchester and undertook his psychiatric training in Nottingham. He has previously been a Director of Medical Education in the NHS and sat on the Greater Manchester Family Justice Board. He was a former trustee of MediConcern, a charity that provided health education and promotion to patients from ethnic minorities. He is also a former Trustee of ChildConcern, who provide education and training for professionals concerned with Childcare Law. He acts as an Expert Witness in Clinical Negligence cases, is a CQC Specialist Advisor and sits as a MPTS tribunal member. He has authored papers on psychosis, mental health and parenting and given lectures on topics such as diagnosing mental illness, depression in the South Asian culture, personality assessment, stigma of mental disorders and giving evidence in Court.
Azad Ali – Head of Community Development & Engagement
Azad has been a community activist for over 20 years. Azad has extensive experience working in a central government department in various roles. He is Chair of the Muslim Safety Forum and one of the founding trustees of the Civil Service Islamic Society and its former President.
Azad is a member of Liberty and formerly a member of its National Council. Azad sits on the National Accountability Board for Schedule 7 Stops with the Police and Home Office. He is also a member of the IPCC’s Community Advisory Group and the Home Office’s Trust and Confidence Community Panel. He is a presenter on Muslim Community Radio’s flagship show Easy Talk and a presenter of Islam Channel’s Your Views on the News.
Yusuf Tai – North Regional Manager
Yusuf graduated with a BA Hons in Politics and Social Policy. He is the former Regional Director of Forward Thinking. He has a strong community focused approach and is passionate about social change. In a variety of roles, Yusuf has first-hand experience of working with a diverse range of frontline, grass roots and faith communities across England. His expertise has enabled him to provide communities with opportunities to gain access to government and other statutory institutions while supporting organisations in internal development and capacity-building.
Abdul Qudues Zafar – Midlands Regional Manager
Qudues holds a BA Honours in Business Management and has been actively engaged in citizen politics in the Midlands for 10 years establishing three independent youth related organisations. Qudues has won numerous awards for his community engagement work, particularly with young Muslims, including the News of the World Children Champion Award (2011) and the National Youth Agency Youth Worker Award (2011). He is passionate about supporting communities to develop into cohesive and connected bodies that can nurture positive change.
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.
Aman Ali – London Regional Manager
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.
He has many years of experience working with various Muslim youth organisations, having started out as a Muslim youth worker. He then moved onto various roles including being Head of Media at FOSIS, joint secretary for a national youth organisation and is also a former science teacher. He is currently a member of the national council for the MCB and a trustee of the East London Mosque.
Noor-ul-Hassan Sarodia, Research Assistant
Noor-ul-Hassan holds a first class degree in Economics and Statistics from University College London. Prior to joining MEND, he worked in the Civil Service as a statistician and data analyst gaining experience across a number of different government departments. He volunteers for a youth group and enjoys cycling to raise money for various charitable causes.
Maddy Fry, Research Assistant
Maddy studied African History at the School of Oriental and African Studies before completing a Masters in Historical Research Methods, also at SOAS. She has worked as a journalist for the New Statesman, Daily Telegraph, Sky News and Time magazine, among others. Prior to joining MEND, she worked for the research agency Christian Research and the religion and society think-tank, Theos. Her research interests include religion and nationalism in the Horn of Africa, online surveillance and human rights, with particular regard to minority groups, and religion in public life. Her work will be featured in the book ‘The Mighty and the Almighty: Leaders Doing God,’ due out in 2017.
Amina Raouf – PA and Team Co-ordinator
Amina is an experienced PA and administrator in the charitable and public sector. She is passionate about the work of MEND and as the newest team member, was keen to join the organisation given its practical and professional approach to making change happen for the community. Outside of work she enjoys working with her local scouts group where she volunteers as a Cubs Assistant Leader.
Abul Juwel Mahmud – Graphic & Web Designer
Juwel is an experienced graphic and web designer with over seven years’ experience of working in this 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.