Leadership Support Scheme

The Leadership Support Scheme is a year of workshops and training for our scholarship recipients. During their scholarship period, scholars are offered training days that help develop their personal leadership skills as well as being given opportunities to create meaningful projects which address the needs of their communities.
 

Recent News from the Leadership Support Scheme

Mentors

Listed below are some of those who are acting as mentors to our current cohort of scholars, as part of the Leadership Support Scheme:

Khadija Ahmed is an LSE Masters Graduate in Media and Communications. She is the Founder and Editor of online magazine AnotherLenz, which focuses on underreported stories in the form of articles, art and poetry. Her explorations on Islam and identity have been featured in The Huffington Post, Muslim Vibe, Sister-hood Magazine, BBC Radio and Ilm Feed. Currently, she is working as an SEO Executive at Phd Media and has recently published her very first Poetry book, ‘Soul Purpose’.

Fatima Barkatulla

Fatima Barkatulla is an author, Islamic scholar and chaplain, who has completed two Alimiyyah degrees with Distinction from two prominent seminaries in the UK. Her Islamic education spans more than two decades, during which she studied in Egypt at prominent institutes including a college of Al-Azhar University. she has been a key contributor to the discourse surrounding Muslim women in the West, contributing to the Westminster Faith Debates, documentaries and live shows for BBC Radio 4, the World Service, as well as BBC television, Channel 4 and the Islam Channel.

Sabah Choudhry is an Output Producer at Sky News. With the help of the Aziz Foundation, she recently completed her MA in Broadcast Journalism at City University. Sabah’s interests include diversifying storytelling; diaspora communities in Britain; human rights and Middle Eastern politics. She previously worked as a TV presenter and radio DJ, and graduated with a first class honours degree from SOAS, University of London.

Rakaya Fetuga is a Royal Holloway Creative Writing graduate and artist in residence at the Roundhouse. She leads poetry workshops with students from primary school to university age, working with organisations such as Poetry Society, Amal and English Touring Theatre. Over the last year she has performed poetry in Barcelona, Rotterdam and at the Glasgow Sufi Festival as well as at prestigious London venues such as Trafalgar Square, Royal Albert Hall and The Ivy.

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.

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.

Farhana Mayer is a former lecturer at SOAS and at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, where she also headed the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities. She has been involved in interfaith and Muslim interdenominational engagement for several years. Farhana is currently engaged in doctoral research on Muslim scriptural hermeneutics at the University of Oxford.

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.

Martyn Rush holds an MPhil in Oriental Studies and is currently completing his DPhil at the University of Oxford. His research explores the finance issues impacting British Muslims. An Oxford City councillor, he campaigns and works on social justice issues such as fairer housing and promoting the Living Wage. He is also co-founder of the Oxford Labour Muslim Network.

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.

Shafina Vohra has a wealth of experience gained across various schools and education set ups. She has pioneered novel approaches to learning and teaching, particularly as a certified LEGO Education Academy Teacher Trainer. She attends conferences and education events both in the UK and globally either to present developments in STEM education, her own work or to deliver workshops. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at Imperial College London.

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.

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