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 – 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.
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 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.
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 at a youth centre 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.
Isobel Kingscott - Research Assistant
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 ongoing PhD research project receives funding from the Economic and Social Research Council and is an exploration of masculinity within British Muslim communities.
Abul Juwel – Graphic & Web Designer
Abul 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.
Abdullah Mahmood - Junior Graphics Designer
Abdullah graduated with a degree in History from University College London. His interest in graphic design started over ten years ago when he designed product packaging for the family business, and he has since worked as a freelance designer for mosques, charities and community organisations. In his free time, he enjoys reading and volunteering at his local youth club.
Deryn Ellis - Social Media Co-ordinator
Before joining MEND as Social Media Coordinator, Deryn honed her skills as the social media Lead for the Cardiff working, 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.
Henna Banaras - Administrator
Henna is a Criminology and Sociology graduate, who provides administrative assistance to the Community Engagement and Development team. She is passionate in giving back to the community and helping a good cause. Socially, Henna enjoys swimming, drawing and supporting young people with mild learning difficulties at youth groups.