Following election through the International General Assembly on 22nd August 2020, the following trustees were elected on to the Islamic Relief Worldwide Board of Trustees.

Dr Ihab Saad (USA)

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Dr. Ihab Saad is a professor of Civil Engineering and Construction Management. He graduated in 1984 with a degree in Civil Engineering from Cairo University. After practising for nine years, he moved to the United States for further post- graduate studies. He then obtained a Master’s degree and PhD from the University of Kentucky.

Dr Saad has taught and consulted in multiple countries over the past 30 years, and seen his work published in engineering and construction management journals. He joined the board of Islamic Relief USA in 2005, and was Chair from 2011 to 2014. He stepped down from the board in 2017 and was invited to re-join in 2019.

Lamia El Amri (Sweden)

Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

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, becoming vice-chair in 2015 and chair in 2017 and serving until August 2020 before being elected to continue in Islamic Relief’s first trustee elections.

She is also chair of the board for Islamic Relief Sweden.

Haroun Atallah

Member of the Board of Trustees

Haroun Atallah is the Finance and Support Services Director for the International Development Law Organization. He is a chartered accountant, auditor and aid worker, and his previous positions have included serving as a Group Director for Corporate Services at Transparency International. He was also Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide from 2003-2008.

Haroon has contributed to research on humanitarian work, with a specific emphasis on the impact of counter-terrorism measures on charitable activities. He is an active participant in Financial Action Task Force consultations, and also frequently trains and advises multiple government agencies in the Gulf region around accountability, governance, corporate finance and strategic development.

Dr Nora Amath (Australia)

Secretary, Board of Trustees

Dr Nora Amath is a sociologist and community developer whose research focuses on multiculturalism, social inclusion, diversity, leadership and community development. She is the author of The Phenomenology of Community Activism and her writings have also appeared in several edited volumes and journals. She is an adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University and also works at the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA) as the National Manager of Refugee Settlement and the CAMS Statewide Coordinator.

Dr Amath is chair of the board of Islamic Relief Australia. She has strong connections to the community across a number of areas, including youth, women’s and multi-faith groups, and is a member of the Minister’s Queensland Multicultural Advisory Council.  In 2006, she received the prestigious award of Australian Muslim Woman of the Year.

Nurhayati Hassan (Malaysia)

Treasurer, Board of Trustees

Nurhayati Hassan is a certified coach and a certified financial planner (CFP). She is a HR consultant specialising in talent assessment for corporate talent assessment centres and succession planning programmes. She previously spent her career in investment banking, which included investment research and analysis, and corporate finance-related work. She was also involved in strategic planning, and advising senior management on business planning and performance. 

Ms Hassan sits on the board of Islamic Relief Malaysia. She holds an MBA in Management from Golden Gate University, USA, and a degree in Accounting with Computing from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia and the Malaysian Association of Certified Coaches. 

Dr Aarif Pathan (Canada)

Member of the Board of Trustees

Dr Aarif Pathan was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

In 2001 he graduated medical school at the University of Alberta. He completed his residency in family medicine at University of Western Ontario. Dr Aarif Pathan was a staff physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at William Osler Health Corporation in Toronto 2003 to 2008. He then returned to Edmonton where he has been practicing family medicine in private practice. He is dedicated to promoting healthcare in underprivileged communities in Edmonton. He also has a passion for mentorship and has coached community league soccer and basketball. A long time donor and volunteer for Islamic Relief, he became a Board member of Islamic Relief Canada in 2019 and continues in that role.

Dr Muhammad Osman (South Africa)

Member of the Board of Trustees

Dr Muhammad Osman graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2004 as a medical doctor.

He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Management (Oliver Tambo Fellowship) and MSc Epidemiology as a Fogarty Fellow at Columbia University in 2015.

A researcher, he is completing his PhD on TB-associated mortality in South Africa at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

He continues to disseminate his work through publications in international journals and presentation at various conferences. Dr Muhammad Osman has a keen interest in youth development and a long standing affiliation with Islamic Relief South Africa. He joined the board of Islamic Relief South Africa and Islamic Relief Worldwide in 2020.

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