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.
Vacant - North Regional Manager
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.
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.
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.
Vacant - Senior Policy Analyst
Vacant - Junior Researcher
Tahir Butt – IRU Co-ordinater
Tahir is a Computer Forensics Examiner and Expert Witness. He has previously worked in the Metropolitan Police for 28 years, working within the Child Protection Command, Fraud Squad, and Directorate of Legal Services. He has also worked as an Executive for the Association of Muslim Police and the Muslim Safety Forum, and been a member of the Government’s Preventing Extremism Taskforce. Tahir has a keen interest in justice and community cohesion and works with homeless charities in his spare time.
Jemima Miah - Interim IRU Caseworker
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.
Vacant - Parliamentary Officer
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.
Na'eem Ibn Farooq - Operations Co-ordinator
Na’eem is 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 up 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. And he’s a terrible baker.
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.
Juwel Mahmud – 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.