Name: Mrs Lamia El Amri
Title: Chair of Board of Trustees
Mrs Lamia El Amri is a Muslim women’s rights activist and former elected representative on Stockholm City Council who now works at the Swedish Labour Agency as a Senior Manager. Mrs El Amri joined the board of Islamic Relief Worldwide in 2013.
Name: Dr Mohamed Amr Attawia
Title: Member of the Board of Trustees
Dr Mohamed Amr Attawia earned his medical degree at Cairo University College of Medicine and his master’s degree in biomedical sciences at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Dr Attawia spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology before joining Allegheny University as an assistant professor and deputy director of the Center of Advanced Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. Later, he was appointed as an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Drexel University. He is the chief executive officer at CuraCell and is an active member of the Muslim community in the US.
Name: Dr Abdul Rahman Bidin
Title: Treasurer of the Board of Trustees
Abdul Rahman Bidin is a Malaysian citizen with experience in academia, government, entrepreneurship and the corporate sector spanning 35 years. He specialises in macro planning and development in key infrastructure sectors including telecommunications, real estate and, most recently, strategic food programmes. A passionate advocate for collaboration, Mr Abdul Rahman Bidin has teamed-up with several NGOs on poverty reduction programmes and in the mobilisation of Waqf funding for project development. He gained a PhD in Neural Engineering in the UK and is an active member of Malaysia’s Harvard Business School Alumni Club.
Name: Mr Adnan Saif FRSA
Title: Company Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Adnan Saif has worked in local government, regeneration and economic development for over 20 years. In the West Midlands, Adnan led on many economic development initiatives including Birmingham’s innovative Localisation and Devolution policy in the east of the city. Until March 2012, Adnan was Chief Executive of Urban Living – which was one of ten national Housing Market Pathfinders established to lead a turnaround in the local housing market. Adnan has also founded and led many non-governmental and voluntary organizations at local, European and international levels. In April 2012, he started a social enterprise initiative that seeks to improve leadership and service delivery in local government and civil society organisations by facilitating knowledge transfer between the UK and developing countries.
Name: Mr Tahir Salie
Title: Member of Board of Trustees
Mr Tahir Salie is a South African citizen who helped bring about equality for all in his native country and shape a positive future through his active involvement in the anti-apartheid movement. He brought his vast experience with local, national and international NGOs to the Board of Islamic Relief Worldwide in 2007, and has continued his work for the poor of Africa and Asia through several key initiatives in recent years. Mr Salie holds a Masters degree from Stanford University, California, and has a professional background in business consultancy for private and public sector institutions.
Name: Dr Almoutaz Tayara
Title: Member of Board of Trustees
Dr Almoutaz Tayara is a German citizen, and serves as treasurer of Islamic Relief Germany’s Board of Trustees. He graduated in Medicine at the Heinrich Heine University of Dusseldorf in 1992, and completed his specialism in General Surgery seven years later. In 2001, Dr Tayara completed his specialist studies in Family Medicine and gained a Chiropractic postgraduate qualification. Almoutaz also works extensively to support the integration of Muslims into European society.