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Girl Behind a Sheet

Raheel Mohammed


Raheel Mohammed is the director and founder of Maslaha and named as one of Britain’s 50 New Radicals by the Observer newspaper and Nesta. He has also been a judge for this award. 


Under his direction Maslaha creates long-term interventions tackling inequalities in areas such as health, education, gender inequality, the criminal justice system and negative public narratives. The approach is community driven with the aim of creating systemic change. The projects are local, national and international in scope.


He has researched, written and curated 2 exhibitions that have travelled to 11 countries and 35 cities. These multi-media exhibitions, commissioned by the British Council, have explored the exchange of ideas across societies as well as the role of the artist in creating the public space.


Raheel also currently sits on an advisory board to the Ministry of Justice looking at the disproportionate number of young Muslim men in the criminal justice system following the launch of the Young Review and the Lammy Review. 


He has been invited to give evidence at a number of Government Select Committees including, Home Affairs, Justice and Women and Equalities.


He has spoken at international and national conferences talking on a variety of topics including including entrepreneurship at the World Islamic Economic Forum and British Council conferences in Tunisia, Morocco and Norway, belonging and the arts with the National Theatre of Scotland, Index on Censorship, Lieux Public, Centre for London, Heinrich Boll Foundation, Capital Cities of Culture in Guimarães and Marseille, social innovation at the New York Department of Education and the South Bank Centre, and health conferences


He has also appeared on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Asian Network, Channel 4 and The Guardian, as well as a number of international publications.


He has written on diverse issues such as countering negative public narratives, how to make cities more inclusive and discrimination within the criminal justice system.


A former journalist, he has also been involved in a number of start-ups with a focus on education and the arts. He is also a trustee at Clinks.

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