Staff

Amena Amer

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Amena is a project co-ordinator at Maslaha, developing and delivering workshops in schools and communities as part of the Muslim Girls Fence project. 

Amena is a fourth year PhD student at the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of Economics, where she also teaches first year undergraduates.

Her research focuses on the effects of the racialisation of Islam on the construction, negotiation and performance of identities among ethnically white Muslims in the UK. More generally, her research interests include identity, religion, agency, power and societal change, with a particular focus on religious and ethnic identities.

She has experience leading research projects exploring the barriers faced by Muslims in the workplace, as well as working on other projects on islamophobia and racism in Europe.

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Amena is a Project Co-ordinator at Maslaha

Emily Mason

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Emily is a senior project manager at Maslaha, leading on Muslim Girls Fence. Before joining the maslaha team, Emily worked as a historian with a specific interest in civil society and grass roots activism in 1930s Britain. She has been a visiting researcher at the London School of Economics European Institute, taught modern British history at King's College, London and lectured in modern European history at the University of East London. 

Her book, Democracy Deeds and Dilemmas, examines the response to the Spanish Civil War within British civil society and was published by Sussex Academic Press in 2017, and her award winning article on the British co-operative movement was recently published in Labour History Review. 

Emily has worked with the charity The Brilliant Club, to deliver tutorials and workshops in East London schools, on topics ranging from the history of Nationalism to the British response to the refugee crisis. In 2016 she worked in Greece with the charity Armando Aid setting up a school at the Oinofyta refugee camp for 6- 11 year olds, where she also taught English to adults. She continues to be involved with fundraising for the charity on a voluntary basis.

Emily has an undergraduate degree in Drama from the University of Bristol, and has a particular interest in the power of different art forms to mobilise communities, challenge conventional wisdoms and create social and political change.

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Emily is a Senior Project manager at Maslaha

Deborah Colvin

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Deborah is working closely with Maslaha as an educational consultant and team member on our work adapting the award-winning Escuela Nueva model to a UK context. Deborah brings with her over twenty years secondary school teaching experience from a wide range of roles including pastoral and subject leadership, environmental education, STEM and STEAM development, and senior leadership. She was formerly London Science Lead Practitioner for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, and winner of the Rolls Royce Science Prize for science education.

Deborah specialises in development of innovative and challenging curriculum models and practice. Her interests and expertise centre on education for creativity; the dynamics of cultural and faith commitments in educational contexts; research and evaluation methodologies; coaching; and environmental education. She has an MA in Educational Leadership and Innovation from Warwick University, and is an experienced coach and Philosophy for Children practitioner. Deborah also formerly worked as a farmer and Agricultural Scientist and maintains an active interest in growing, gardening and the world of nature.

She has extensive experience and commitment to models of school as embedded and active in their local communities and wider networks. This has included work as a London Challenge coach; establishment of STEM hubs and networks; and working on research projects with organisations including Creative Partnerships, Sheffield Hallam University, the Nuffield Foundation, Kings College London, and the University of York. She has acted as consultant to the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and The Royal Society among others.

Deborah is a long-standing environmental campaigner and champion of education for sustainability and led a nationally-celebrated immersive environmental education programme for several years. She is currently Sustainability Champion at St James's Church in Piccadilly. In addition to continuously reducing the carbon footprint of this very busy and multi-faceted charity, she works on educational and awareness-raising initiatives in the arena of science, faith, and climate change.

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Volunteers and Contributors

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Maslaha's work would not be possible without the contributions and support of our wider Maslaha family.

We regularly call upon a dedicated pool of volunteers and contributors, ranging from artists and students to film-makers and actors, to bring the people power, expertise, enthusiasm and flair that we need to make our projects happen.

 

Hannah Habibi Hopkin is an award-winning London-based artist. Her work, which interrogates gender roles, religious norms and contemporary politics, has been displayed at the Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival 2014, featured by the BBC and also formed part of Maslaha's two I Can Be She exhibitions in East London. Hannah was interviewed on our Islam and Feminism resource and recently collaborated with us to re-imagine an 18th century painting as part of our All We Are project. Follow her on Twitter @hannahhabibi
 

AK, pictured far right, is a regular facilitator of Maslaha workshops around entrepreneurship, aspiration and creativity and has spoken about our work on British Muslim TV. Maslaha first met AK through our collaboration with the Mile End Community Project, as part of our All We Are project. AK has since established his own creative start up, akreative project. Follow him on Twitter @AKreativeP
 

Kathleen Stokes is a former Maslaha project development adviser. She played an integral role in the development of our I Can Be She project and was involved in film-making, website and exhibition design and running workshops as part of the project. She now works as a senior researcher for Nesta UK.

Polly Gannaway, pictured left, is a former Maslaha project development adviser. She played an integral role in the development of our I Can Be She project and was involved in film-making, website and exhibition design and running workshops as part of the project. She now works as the Design and Digital Lead on the Social Investment and Finance Team at the Cabinet Office.

Catherine Crooke, pictured right, is a writer and researcher who has lived, studied, and travelled extensively in the Middle East. She has contributed various pieces of written work to Maslaha.

Alia Alzougbi is a BAFTA-Scotland nominated and award-winning performer. She recently ran a series of introspective sessions on  critical reflection at a Maslaha workshop around working with dvierse communities in medical practice at King’s College London. Follow her on twitter @AliaAlZougbi

Amena Amer, pictured second from right, is a PhD candidate in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, examining identity construction and negotiation of White British Muslims. Amena has volunteered as a workshop facilitator with Maslaha on a number of occasions, including an all-day session with Year 9 pupils at Kelmscott School in Walthamstow around consent and healthy relationships. Follow her on twitter @Dum_Di_Doo

Fayyadh Shamsuddin, pictured fourth from right, is completing a Masters at LSE in Social Policy, with specific interest in Corporate Social Responsibility. He has volunteered as a workshop facilitator at Maslaha sessions around working with diverse communities in medical practice.

Amin Habib, pictured third from left, is a second year medical student at King's College London. He initially got involved with Maslaha’s work through our All We Are project and recently volunteered as a facilitator at a workshop around working with diverse communities in medical practice at King's College London.

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Latifa Akay

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Latifa is Director of Education at Maslaha, leading on our education programmes and our work on adapting the award-winning Escuela Nueva model in Colombia to a UK context.

She has been part of the Maslaha team since January 2014 and has had a specific focus on developing our education programmes and leading on our work around gender equality, spearheading and developing our Islam and Feminism and Muslim Girls Fence projects.
 
Latifa features as a regular commentator on Maslaha's work and issues around faith and gender, and women's rights in media including Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday, Radio 4 and others. 
 
She holds an LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from SOAS University and an LLB in Law with Politics from Queen’s University, Belfast. She is also a board member at the Inclusive Mosque Initiative.

Latifa previously worked as a correspondent for Turkish daily Today’s Zaman in Istanbul and her articles have been published in, among others, The Guardian and The Scotsman newspapers. She has conducted research for the Irish Human Rights Centre exploring the notion of 'faith in democracy' in the context of Turkey and as a former arts commentator was selected as one of ten European candidates for the Critical Endeavour arts writing program curated by Jardin d’Europe in Vienna in 2012. 

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Athina Marmorat

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Athina Marmorat has a Masters in International Management from ISEG Paris and worked for seven years in the sales and marketing departments of large international groups such as France Telecom, Philip Morris or Ferrero. After training in coaching and facilitation, she joined as program manager Mozaik RH, recruitment nonprofit organization specialized in diversity promotion. She developed an innovative program to support job search the “CV Video program” and supported more than 800 young people in three years.

Today, consultant and trainer in education program within the Civic Lab, her mission today is to create a bridge between companies and young people, to stimulate, inspire and better prepare the younger generation to the world of company and its codes. For one of her customers, the KPMG Foundation, she designs and facilitates workshops in schools on self-knowledge, professional project and company codes. She also trained employee involved in the mentoring program to run workshops in schools. In collaboration with the Association "Maslaha" based in London, she also works to launch a pilot program of leadership development for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. The project aims to build confidence and raise their career aspirations including via local models of success in women.

Very committed on the issues of diversity, she was selected in 2009 as a Fellow of the Ariane de Rothschild Foundation and participated in the creation of the first mixed group reflection (United Kingdom, United States, Belgium, France) on issues of intercultural dialogue and social entrepreneurship at Columbia University in New York.

 

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Athina is developing our Rêv'Elles project in Paris.

Raheel Mohammed

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Raheel Mohammed is the founder and director of Maslaha and has recently been profiled as one of Britain’s 50 New Radicals in The Observer newspaper for pioneering creative change to some of society’s most difficult issues. 

He is a regular speaker at international conferences and events, most recently the World Islamic Economic Forum, where he was a main speaker on social entrepreneurship and micro finance. He has also been invited to speak at the New York Department of Education on social innovation. He also appears regularly on BBC Radio 2.

He has created award-winning resources which tackle inequalities in areas such as health, education, the role of women in Islam, and the historical relationship between Islam and Europe. Maslaha’s award-winning health work is now used locally, nationally, and internationally and seen as examples of good practice and innovative in its use of technology. Maslaha’s exhibitions are currently touring internationally and have been hosted in 10 countries and several European Capital of Culture programmes.

He has been invited by several government agencies such as those in Norway and Oman to talk about his work around faith, social innovation, and social entrepreneurship as well as more locally at NHS London conferences and by organizations such as the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and the Centre for London. Raheel was also selected for the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow Conference in Doha. 

Raheel helped set up and was the Assistant Director at the award-winning Crossway Foundation, advising on and initiating education programmes designed to raise awareness of Middle East and Muslim cultures through art. He also helped to launch Edge of Arabia, a touring exhibition of contemporary Saudi art. He is an award-winning journalist and he has also completed a unique executive education programme focusing on entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School.

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