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.
Jinan has worked extensively on systemic issues facing black and brown communities in the U.K., and especially concerning migration. She was coordinator of SOAS Detainee Support for a year, and continues to write and work towards the abolition of immigration detention. She has also worked to highlight, in various contexts, the damage of the 2016 Immigration Act.
Jinan has worked on health for black and brown communities as a sessional workshop facilitator at schools around Greater London for FORWARD, and worked on mental health and healing justice as a facilitator for social justice and arts collective Shake!
Jinan has also worked at Platform London as a Project Assistant, working on energy democracy and environmental racism.
Jinan has a first-class honours BA in English Literature from the University of Sussex, and her dissertation was titled “The earth and the (mestiza, exiled) female body: ecofeminism and dwelling in the work of Gloria Anzaldúa and Ana Mendieta”.
Reem is a project manager at Maslaha. She holds an MSc from the University of Edinburgh in Middle Eastern Diasporas and a BA from the University of Warwick in English and French.
Reem has previously worked on the Young Muslim Writers Awards, a project run by Muslim Hands to encourage and give a platform for children and young people to read and write. She has also worked in the past at the Poetry Translation Centre, a charity that seeks to translate, publish and promote writers from Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Reem has worked extensively on tackling systemic issues facing migrants in the UK with SOAS Detainee Support, a group that supports people held in the UK’s immigration detention system. Her work at the Institute of Race Relations, an educational anti-racism charity, focused primarily on state violence toward migrants in the UK and Europe, and discrimination facing Muslim communities in France and the UK. There, Reem researched, wrote and published reports and briefing papers on these subjects.
Hasan is a project coordinator at Maslaha with a BA in German and Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Attending a Grada Kilomba seminar on decolonial feminism at the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2012, and taking part in a workshop organised by Voices That Shake in 2015 were formative milestones in his education.
Hasan has previously interned at ReachOut Berlin, a counselling centre for victims of racist, anti-Semitic and right-wing violence, conducting research, translating their records of racist attacks, and delivering workshops on topics such as racism, prejudice and Whiteness to a wide variety of audiences, including schoolchildren, students and teachers.
He also continues to translate for ReachOut and the Campaign for Victims of Racist Police Violence (KOP) in Berlin. Hasan has spoken on various panels on topics such as art and colonialism, environmental justice and Islamophobia in Paris post-COP21. He also works as a youth worker in Kilburn, and is part of the Healing Justice Collective in London.
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.
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.
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.
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.