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.
Azad Ali – National Community Head
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Mohammad Shoaib - London Junior Regional Co-ordinator
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.
Isobel Kingscott - 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.
Noor-ul-Hassan Sarodia - Policy Analyst
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 at a youth centre and enjoys cycling to raise money for various charitable causes.
Dr Antonio Perra - Policy Analyst
Dr Antonio Perra studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Cagliari, Italy, before obtaining his Ph.D from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at King's College London. Prior to joining mend, Antonio worked as Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London and King's College London, where he is currently an Associate Lecturer and a Visiting Research Fellow respectively. Antonio has authored several papers on Middle Eastern Affairs, as well as a book titled "Kennedy and the Middle East: The Cold War, Israel and Saudi Arabia" (London, New York: I.B. Tauris, 2017).
Zarah Sultana - Media & Parliamentary Officer
Zarah graduated from the University of Birmingham with a first-class BA (Hons) in International Relations with Economics. During her time at University, she was elected onto the National Union of Students’ National Executive and the NUS Black Students’ Campaign. Prior to joining MEND, Zarah has worked in a variety roles in marketing, communications and campaigns. She is passionate about promoting greater involvement of marginalised communities with the political process and tackling inequalities in accessing education and employment. In her spare time, Zarah is an avid traveller, food enthusiast and enjoys yoga.
Abul Juwel – Graphic & Web Designer
Abul 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.
Syful Islam - Junior Graphics Designer
Syful graduated with a degree in Graphic & Digital Design from University of Greenwich. Using a number of graphic techniques, he is able to achieve a great deal of creativity in his designs. Outside of work he is a volunteer for Muslim Charity, participating as well as hosting series of events in order to help support the less unfortunates. He is also an adrenaline junkie, having already sky dived from 13,000 feet in order to fundraise for street children across the world.
Deryn Ellis - Social Media Co-ordinator
Before joining mend as Social Media Co-ordinator, Deryn honed her skills as the social media Lead for the Cardiff working group, developing and promoting successful social media campaigns during the Welsh Assembly Elections and other events.
Deryn is an accomplished linguist, fluent in Welsh, French and Spanish, and has put these skills to use in her volunteer roles with mend and the Muslim Council of Wales. Deryn holds a BA in Modern Languages from Exeter University, and is also a qualified ESOL teacher.
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 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 and cooking.
Huma Malik - IRU Caseworker
Huma has completed a Master’s degree in African politics, history, and economic development at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Here, she completed a research project in grassroots peacebuilding initiatives across East Africa. Her interests include international development, human rights, environmental, and social justice campaigning. Before joining mend, she worked at the Living Wage Foundation providing advice and support to low wage workers. Huma has developed a passion for the non-profit sector, from her track record of working in many international NGOs and charities.