Meet The Team

Policy and Advocacy is at the heart of Islamic Relief’s work. At  Islamic Relief, we have a range of staff from different backgrounds, cultures and religions bringing together their unique expertise and knowledge on policy, research, advocacy and programme learning on a range of issues ranging from humanitarian aid and emergency response to Islamic perspectives and community development.

This section showcases a number of our programme, policy, advocacy and research staff members.

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Atallah Fitzgibbon

After 12 years of working in the voluntary and public sector in the UK followed by 17 years experience in humanitarian aid work, Atallah has worked at senior management and director level managing …

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Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano

Muhtari Aminu-Kano is currently the team leader of the policy component of Islamic Relief Worldwide’s Programme Partnership Agreement (PPA) with DFID. His substantive job title is Senior Policy…

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Dr Mohammed Kroessin

Dr Mohammed R. Kroessin is an Islamic development economist with over 10 years experience of working with and researching Islamic development NGOs. He is the technical advisor and policy lead on microfinance within Islamic Relief, particularly focusing on Sharia-compliance, social impact and sustainable livelihoods.

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Iman Sandra Pertek

Iman Sandra Pertek is the Senior Policy Advisor on Gender within Islamic Relief Worldwide’s Policy Team. She holds an MSc in Social Development Practice from the University College London (UCL) with a focus on Gender in Development Policy & Planning…

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Neelam Fida

Neelam is the lead on child protection research and implementation…

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Lucy V. Salek

As the Senior Advisor on Conflict Transformation, Lucy is responsible for examining how Islamic Relief implements and develops best practice when working within conflict-affected locations.

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Sadia Kidwai

As a Policy & Research Analyst at Islamic Relief Worldwide, Sadia is working on further developing our internal policies, as well as providing support to the team’s broader research areas.

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Helen Stawski (on maternity leave)

Helen Stawski is the Senior Policy Advisor on Post-2015, leading Islamic Relief’s advocacy at the United Nations to influence the new Sustainable Development Goals that will replace the Millennium Development Goals after 2015.

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Samia Ahmed (on maternity leave)

Samia is currently a Gender Adviser and previously was the Senior Development Education Coordinator for Islamic Relief.

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