Here at Islamic Relief we have a diverse team of dedicated staff working in a variety of sectors. Read about our staff’s experiences and find out what life is like within the Islamic Relief family.

Emily Wight

Role: Senior Media Officer

Department: Communications

Emily’s Blog

I’ve worked at IRUK for about a year and a half now (with half of that from home due to lockdown!). Islamic Relief does such fantastic work across a broad range of areas, which makes my job pretty varied – something I really enjoy.

One day I might be brainstorming on plans for our climate change campaigners and how we can profile them in the media. The next I might be pitching interviews with spokespeople on the ground in humanitarian crises, like Yemen or Syria, to journalists. It’s really rewarding to see the generosity of the British Muslim community at times like Ramadan, and how enhanced media coverage encourages them to continue supporting us to help some of the poorest people in the world.

Nabilah Hussain

Role: Social Media Coordinator

Department: Marketing

Nabilah’s Blog

I joined Islamic Relief UK just under a year ago as the Social Media Coordinator, working day-to-day on: creating new content, publishing materials from the archives, and exploring creative ways to show our work on the ground, from stories told by those we help to responding to disasters when an emergency strikes.

I am grateful to be part of an international organisation working hard to save lives around the world – it is always amazing to receive content from colleagues on the ground on how we are doing this, and then sharing these incredible stories with you all on our social media channels.

Sabil Ahmed

Role: Data Scientist

Department: Corporate Services

I’ve been at IRUK for just over a year and I can safely say Islamic Relief UK is one of the best organisations I’ve ever worked for. For the first time in many years, I feel as though my work means something. I know that my work has a direct impact on many lives around the world.

As the Data Analyst, I crunch numbers to help the organisation understand donor behaviour. This helps Islamic Relief UK become more data driven and allows us to fundraise in a more efficient manner.

For me, it’s all about being part of the greater cause. I know, that I am a cog in a large machine, continuously turning to save lives – day in day out.

Zia Salik

Role: Head of Fundraising

Department: Fundraising

Zia’s Blog

I’ve been with IRUK for 10 years now. Working at IR is very fast paced. There’s never a dull moment! There’s always so much to do when you are at the forefront of dealing with issues around the world, from responding to disasters to helping lift people out of poverty.

As Head of Fundraising, my main role is to connect those we serve with the community in the UK through our network of corporate partners, fundraisers, volunteers and supporters. It’s challenging but extremely rewarding. I am very fortunate to see the impact of the work our teams do in the UK but I also have the heartbreaking job of seeing the extreme needs of communities around the world.

Being part of Islamic Relief means that no matter how hard or how long the day has been, I know it’s not been in vain.

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