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OUR TEAM

THE CORE TEAM

Fadi Itani, CEO

Prior to appointment as CEO for MCF, Fadi was the former Deputy Director General of Qatar Charity UK and was the Global Director for Communications and External Relations at Islamic Relief.

He also served as the CEO of Zakat House, a hub for small charities to lay foundations and grow sustainably and responsibly and was seconded to the Humanitarian Forum as the Public Affairs Director.

Fadi has a wealth of experience in the community and charity sector, spanning over 30 years of service. He was the former Executive Director of Muslim Welfare House (MWH) Trust, a national community organisation with 13 branches around the UK.

He contributes regularly to interviews and programmes about humanitarian and social issues for national and international media outlets and was awarded the “Good Citizenship Award” and the “Mayor of Islington’s Civic Award” for servicing the community as well as the Mayor of London Award for his services to the people of London.

Fadi’s vision for MCF is to become the hub for British Muslim Charities where the rich diversity of the British Muslim Community is represented within a growing membership and its Board. As well as supporting the growth of a network which sees collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders including civil society, faith communities, grassroots activist and educational institutes and youth representatives working collaboratively to create a more just and sustainable world at home and abroad.

Salma, Events and Admin Coordinator 

Salma is MCF’s Events & Admin Coordinator. She has worked in the charity sector for over 10 years providing executive and operational support. Previously serving at the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the British Red Cross and Islamic Relief UK. Salma has an interest in grass-roots community organisations having volunteered for The Woman’s Trust, trained as a mentor for Mosaic’s Young Offender programme and supported Solace (for Revert Muslim Women). She has a degree in Psychology and L3 training in Counselling Skills.

Dr Atif Imtiaz, Senior Research & Policy Advisor

Dr Atif has been the Academic Director at the Cambridge Muslim College. He has a PhD in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics on ‘Identity and the Politics of Representation: The Case of Muslim Youth in Bradford’. He has worked as an Equality and Diversity manager at NHS Bradford and Airedale, advised Bradford Council on integration and advised the British government on de-radicalisation. He has also published a book on British Muslims called Wandering Lonely in a Crowd.

Anas Abu, Project Development Executive

Anas Abu is MCF’s Project Development Executive and a graduate of MCF’s Future Leaders Programme. He completed a master’s degree in Development Economics at SOAS University of London in September 2019. He looks to combine his analytical abilities with community-based initiatives, for example, he is a volunteer for Inspirited Minds.

Francesca Floris, Digital Content Officer

Francesca previously interned with MCF through our Future Leaders Programme, and upon the end of her internship became a part of the core team as the Special Events Officer, before taking up her current role as Digital Content Officer. Francesca completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at SOAS, University of London. She currently works on a remote consultancy basis one day a week whilst she pursues her Masters in History at Queens University Belfast

FUTURE LEADERS PROGRAMME INTERNS

Our Future Leader’s Programme Interns are a central part of MCF’s team. Their dedication and hard work helps to ensure that our events, training and research run the most effectively as possible, whilst they themselves gain skills and knowledge that enable them to develop their future careers further within the wider charity sector.

Testimonials from graduates of the Future Leader’s Programme:

The Future Leaders Programme: Ala’s Testimonial

‘MCF offers an incredibly valuable learning experience through its Future Leaders Program and I highly recommend it to any prospective individuals who have a passion for the sector.’ After having graduated from SOAS with a MSc in African Politics, I was hoping to build upon my experience by looking into opportunities within the development sector. Although I have…

The Future Leader’s Programme: Layla’s Testimonial

‘Interning at MCF has been a rewarding and enlightening experience as I have been being able to do many things which wouldn’t be possible at any other internship.’ Graduating from Kingston University with a first-class degree in Sociology with Criminology, I hoped to find a job where I could truly make a difference. I quickly realised that…