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Sir Iqbal Sacranie OBE

Sir Iqbal Sacranie has been actively involved in a voluntary capacity with community and charitable work for over four decades. He is one of the founding Trustees of ENGAGE.

He is currently Chairman of Muslim Aid - an international relief and development agency serving in more than 70 countries, and sits on number of national and international charitable and community organisations.

He was the founding Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), a national umbrella and representative body of British Muslims. He is a member of International Advisory Panel (IAP) of the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF).

Leeds Metropolitan University bestowed on him an Honorary Doctorate in Law in recognition of his services to charities and community. He was appointed as a member on the Board of Governors in 2008.

He is recipient of a number of national and international awards and was awarded OBE in 1999. He was knighted by the HM The Queen in 2005 for services to charities and community.

In 1999 the Observer magazine’s Power List of the 300 most powerful people in the UK, put him at 246. The Guardian newspaper named him in 2002 as ‘The most influential Muslim in the UK’. In 2005, GQ magazine’s list of 100 Most Powerful Men in Britain ranked him at number 10 as the voice of Muslims in Britain; someone who plays a vital role as mediator in multi-cultural Britain.

Mohamed Ali Harrath

Mohamed Ali Harrath is CEO of Islam Channel.

Born in Tunisia in 1963, Mohamed is a graduate in political science and holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from SOAS.

In 2004, he founded the Islam Channel in the UK which currently broadcasts to over 130 countries and is, according to Home Office statistics, the most watched television channel by Muslims in the UK. Islam Channel attracts 2.1 million viewers in the UK with 54% of its viewers drawn from professional occupations.

The channel broadcasts programmes on current affairs, religious programming, childrens’ programmes and televises the Hajj every year for Muslim viewers around the world.

In 2005, he hosted the first ever Global Peace and Unity event bringing together Muslims from across Britain and the world to reclaim the message of Islam; peace, unity and brotherhood. The GPU event now attracts more than 60,000 people and is the largest Muslim community event in the UK and Europe.

In 2006, he organised the first conference on Islamophobia in Denmark. Mohamed continues to be involved in a variety of charitable and community organizations.

In 2008, he became one of the founding trustees of ENGAGE.

He is married with five children.



Shenaz Bunglawala, Head of Research

Shenaz Bunglawala is Head of Research at ENGAGE.  She has taught undergraduate courses in political science at the LSE and King’s College, London.

Shenaz sits on the Research Excellence Framework 2014 expert sub-panel for Theology and Religious Studies and advises on various AHRC/ESRC research projects. She is a Non-Resident Executive to the Razak School of Government in Malaysia and sits on the executive committee of Faith in Europe.

Masuma Tafadar, Research Assistant

Bharath Ganesh, Research Assistant

Bharath is studying full-time for a PhD in Geography at University College London, where he is conducting research on hip-hop activism and combating Islamophobia. He holds an MSc in Globalisation from UCL and a BA (Honours) in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He grew up in northern California and has served as a leader in various groups that focus on youth engagement in politics and government. Prior to joining ENGAGE as an intern in 2011, he interned at the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Sacramento. His primary interests include geopolitics, the politics of religious identity, art in activism, and social movements.

Azad Ali, Head of Community Development & Engagement

Azad has been a community activist for over 20 years. Azad has extensive experience working in a central government department in various roles.

He is the chair of the Muslim Safety Forum and is one of the founding trustees of the Civil Service Islamic Society and its former President. Azad is a member of Liberty and formerly a member of its National Council.

Azad sits on the National Accountability Board for Schedule 7 Stops with the Police and Home Office. He is also a member of the IPCC's Community Advisory Group and the Home Office's Trust and Confidence Community Panel. He is a presenter on Muslim Community Radio's flagship show Easy Talk and a presenter of Islam Channel's Your Views on the News.

Shiplu Miah, London Co-ordinator, Community Development & Engagement

Shiplu is an experienced project coordinator with PRINCE2® project management qualifications, APM® qualification, and a BA Honours in Accounting and Law. His experience includes several years of work with charities, NGOs, and in local government. Shiplu is currently undertaking a Masters in Marketing Communication at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Qudues Zafar, Midlands Co-ordinator, Community Development & Engagement

Qudues Zafar holds a BA Honours in Business Management. He has been an active citizen in Birmingham and Leicester over the last 10 years  establishing three independent youth related organisations. The Stechford Youth Network, which he set up, has been operating for over 7 years.

Qudues has won a number of awards for his community engagement work, particularly with young Muslims, including the News of the World Children Champion Awards 2011 and the National Youth Agency Youth Worker Awards 2011.

He is passionate about supporting communities to develop into cohesive and connected bodies that can nurture positive change.

Jaffer Ali Hussain, Youth Co-ordinator, Community Development & Engagement

"Youth work is not just a job, it's a lifestyle" - This is the motto that has been driving Jaffer for the last 10 years. Working across a range of sectors including local authorities, voluntary, faith, third, not for profit and private businesses ,Jaffer has developed a number of initiatives empowering young people to make a difference. Using a variety of methods, from discussions and physical activities to the arts, Jaffer has helped over 100 young people, many of whom were ‘at risk’ or on the fringes of society, make a real change in their lives

Jaffer enjoys spending all his time (free or working!) mentoring young people through tuition and providing opportunities, advice, support and guidance. He has been a finalist in a number of local, regional and national awards and was lucky enough to run with the Olympic Torch during the London 2012 Games.


Manija Omar, Project Manager

Manija recently graduated with an upper class degree in Business Management from Kingston University. She is former President of a cultural society at Kingston University involved in community engagement and fundraising for local charities.

Her previous career experience is within office operations offering administrative services for a variety of respected commercial and charitable organisations. She volunteers for a local Muslim organisation and where she serves as Head of Administration and she tutor part time teaching Business Studies  and English to young students.

Eviane Leidig, Administrative Assistant

Eviane will return to University of California, Berkeley for her last undergraduate year in the fall. She is majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies with a concentration on Postcolonialism and Modernity. Eviane will be writing her honours thesis on Indian Muslims, diaspora, and linguistic identity (inspired by the work of ENGAGE!). She was a study abroad student at King's College London this past academic year, focusing on postcolonial relations.

Whilst at Berkeley, Eviane is actively involved in Model United Nations, and has been preparing as an Under Secretary-General for their annual conference next year. She also serves on the editorial board for the Berkeley Student Journal of Asian Studies, and will be a Teaching Assistant for a module on peace theory in the fall.


Michael Adam Arain, Administrative Assistant

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