“To create a fair and thriving society by empowering all individuals and communities to fulfil their true potential.”

The Aziz Foundation is a family charitable foundation established in 2015.
Our guiding philosophy and key principle of operation is to support British Muslims to bring positive change to their communities and beyond.

Our objectives are pursued through our Masters scholarships programme.

Arwa Ibrahim, Aziz Foundation Scholar, 2015

Masters Scholarships Programme

The Masters scholarships programme will support the development of British Muslims who are dedicated to bringing positive change to their communities and beyond. 

Through our programme, we hope to nurture confident, articulate public leaders of Muslim background who are able to critically engage with public narratives and address the social challenges facing British Muslim communities and wider society.

Futhermore, the programme aims to increase access for British Muslims to higher education at the postgraduate level, enabling greater participation and involvement in civil society. 

Patron & Advisors

Asif Aziz is a property entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the Founder and CEO of Criterion Capital, which manages a property portfolio. He is also the Foundation’s Chair. His interests include primary school education, tackling homelessness and international poverty relief.

Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE

The Right Honorable Baroness Butler-Sloss of Marsh Green is patron of the Aziz Foundation. She was the first female Lord Justice of Appeal and, until 2005, was President of the Family Division of the High Court, making her one of the highest-ranking female judges in the UK. In 2006, she was appointed an Independent Peer in the House of Lords. She has chaired many notable inquests and inquiries, including the inquest into the death of Princess Diana and the Cleveland Inquiry. She recently chaired the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life.

Trevor is a British businessman and philanthropist. He is a director of the William Pears Group, one of Britain’s largest property companies, run together with his brothers Mark and David. The business was founded in 1952 by their father and grandfather. Trevor is Executive Chair of the family’s charitable foundation, Pears Foundation, set up in 1992. The Foundation supports issues affecting the wellbeing of people in the UK and across the world.

The Team

Aftab Ahmed
Programme Manager

Aftab oversees the strategic development of the Foundation’s scholarship programme, leading on engagement with its Board of Trustees. Aftab’s career has seen him teach English in universities across several Arab countries before becoming director of a think-tank in Jordan and general manager of a UK-based publishing house.

Saadia Mahmood
Programme Manager

Saadia previously ran the Foundation’s grants programme and now leads on legacy grant work alongside financial management of the Foundation’s scholarships programme and Scholarships Plus. Previously, Saadia has worked in the charity and public sectors including for DfID, the Muslim Charities Forum and charitable foundations.

Dr Zain Sardar
Programme Manager

Zain manages the Foundation’s Preferred Partner scheme, leading on engagement with university partners and higher education stakeholders. As well as completing his PhD in law at Birkbeck, University of London, he has previously worked in higher education administration and policy.

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