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SALMAN MALIK

Dr Salman Malik is an ex-scientist, an advisory board member and multi-award winning entrepreneur. He has been appointed as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Loughborough University London and an Associate Academic at London South Bank University teaching and building programmes to promote entrepreneurial skills. Following his PhD, he founded a biotech startup and successfully raised funding to work on the research and development of a process used to cost-effectively develop microparticles. He was awarded a prestigious Enterprise Fellowship from The Royal Society of Edinburgh, allowing him to transition into an entrepreneur and CEO.

TAREK YOUNIS

Dr Tarek Younis is a Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University. He was previously a British Academy fellow, whose research explored the racialisation of Muslims as a result of statutory counter-terrorism policies in the NHS. He researches and writes on Islamophobia, the securitisation and racism of mental health, and how counter-radicalisation enters into clinical logic. He teaches on the impact of culture, religion, globalisation and security policies on health interventions.

AYESHA AHMED

Ayesha graduated from LSE in 2012 with a MSc in Politics and Communication, after attaining a BA in History from Queen Mary University of London. She is currently the Public Affairs Manager at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has worked in public affairs for over 5 years, previously at the National Union for Students and Macmillan Cancer Support. Her role involves building and maintaining relationships with Parliamentarians and Government officials, informing the political agenda on behalf of ACCA members and gathering relevant external intelligence. She also chairs their internal POC staff group. Outside of work, she chairs the ‘Muslim in Policy and Advocacy Network’, is a volunteer for the West London Islamic Centre and a community activist.
SHELINA JILANI

Dr Shelina Khalid Jilani has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and her area of research relates to automated ethnicity classification of human face and face-features, from a human and Deep Learning perspective. Dr Jilani is a Facial Comparison Expert with seven years’ industry experience within the discipline of facial image analysis, and works for a private digital imaging company. She is one of very few UK qualified experts in this field and regularly attends court to give expert evidence in many civil and criminal proceedings nationwide. She is a professional member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Science and The Facial Identification Scientific Working Group. Since 2018, Dr Jilani has been actively involved in developing and delivering lectures to undergraduate university students at the University of Staffordshire.

Sufina Ahmad

Sufina Ahmad is the Director of the John Ellerman Foundation. She works closely with trustees and stakeholders, including grantees, to deliver its strategic direction, governance and grantmaking. Previously, Sufina worked in corporate strategy and performance at the City of London Corporation. She also worked for the National Lottery Community Fund and City Bridge Trust, in grantmaking, strategy, policy and stakeholder relations roles. She holds trusteeships with Just for Kids Law and The Charterhouse, and previously volunteered with the Institute of Fundraising, as Chair of the Expert Panel on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and is now an honorary Fellow of the Institute.

Tufyal Choudhury

Tufyal Choudhury is an Assistant Professor of Law at Durham University, a Senior Associate of the Canadian Network of Researchers on Terrorism, Security and Society and a fellow of the German Marshall Fund Trans-Atlantic Forum on Migration and Integration. His research focuses on human rights, integration and counter terrorism law and policy. He is also a trustee of the Democratic Audit and the John Ellerman Foundation, as well as a senior research fellow at Rights Watch UK.

Tufail Hussain

Tufail Hussain joined Islamic Relief UK in 2016 and has over 10 years’ experience in the sector, leading on marketing and fundraising campaigns for a number of international development and humanitarian agencies. As Director of Islamic Relief UK his vision is to help the organisation grow in all departments and in its strengths. Prior to this he held senior roles at various organisations where he established fundraising strategies and showed a strong track record of growing organisational income exponentially.

Stephen H. Jones

Dr Stephen H. Jones is a sociologist of religion whose research focuses on the intersections between belief, politics and public policy. His primary areas of expertise are in Islam and Muslims in the UK and religious and non-religious publics’ perceptions of science. He is General Secretary of the Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN), and a Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham.

Shamim Miah

Dr Shamim Miah is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield. He is the author of three books: Race, Place and Space: M62 and the Corridor of Uncertainty (forthcoming, Palgrave); Muslims, Schooling and the Question of Self-Segregation, which won the ‘highly commended’ book award by the Society for Educational Studies’ in 2016, and Muslims and the Question of Security: Trojan Horse, Prevent and Racialised Politics. Shamim was the co-SIG convener for BERA (British Educational Research Association) and is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Post-Normal Policy and Futures Study. He is currently writing a biography of Ibn Khaldun.

Ferdousur Rehman

Ferdousur Rehman is the Aziz Foundation’s former Communications and Public Relations Officer. He has worked as a curator and content editor in higher education and the public sector.

Maha Sardar

Maha Sardar has been working in the field of immigration, asylum and human rights for over a decade. Currently, she is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers, where she is passionate about the protection and representation of vulnerable clients, including victims of torture, unaccompanied minors and cases involving trafficking and FGM. Previously, she worked in the private client team at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, where she assisted individuals with a wide range of immigration services.

Shah Tarfarosh

Dr Shah Tarfarosh (MBBS, MRCPsych) is a Psychiatry Specialty Registrar working in the beautiful city of Oxford. His clinical role involves assessment and treatment of patients with mild, moderate or crippling mental illnesses. His main interests include Emotional intelligence training, exploring Neuro Linguistic Programming and Spirituality as means of developing immunity to mental illnesses. He has more than 20 academic publications, was shortlisted for the Oscars of Medicine and also won a Youth-Icon Award. In his free time, he loves coaching people to improve their mental strength, often blogs short stories, enjoys sipping black coffee in green natural surroundings and adores travelling to new places.

Gehad Youssef

Dr Gehad Youssef is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow, studying cancer stem cell heterogeneity in oral and breast cancer using 2D and 3D in vitro models, at the Adrian Biddle Lab, Queen Mary University of London. He obtained a BSc in molecular genetics from King’s College London and then an MRes in Biomedicine at UCL, where he also completed a PhD at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. He has previously worked evaluating prognostic markers in neuroblastoma, and at the UCL Cancer Institute investigated the role of DNA methyltransferases in embryonic stem cells.

Hassan Joudi

Hassan Joudi is Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). He was elected at the age of 28 years old as the youngest ever elected Office Bearer to the MCB in 2018. He leads on the organising of MCB’s mosque-related projects, including #VisitMyMosque and the annual “Our Mosques Our Future” conference. Hassan believes passionately in the role of young people as a driving force for positive change in society. He works as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer in the energy sector.

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