Rabia Mirza is the Director of Media, Engagement and Lobbying for British Muslims for Secular Democracy. She has a background in race equality and has previously worked with the NUS Scotland’s Black Women’s Sub Committee, Nisa-Nashim, the Jewish Muslim Women’s Network and currently works part time for Black Training and Enterprise Group scrutinising the disproportionality…
- Mona Al -Ghussein – Vice Chair
Born to Palestinian parents and brought up in the UK Mona understands and has a deep grasp of the constant issues facing ‘people of two cultures’.She has spent the last 3 decades writing researching and learning about the issues that face people in political conflict. She has a particular interest in cultural conflict and particularly the dichotomy facing women brought up in the West in a culture alien to their parents concept and tradition.Author of Feminine Power with Peter Thompson, Mona has an MA in Political Conflict from the War Studies Department at Kings College London.More recently Mona has been writing for the Arab media while travelling between the Middle East and Europe. At present Mona is researching for her new book.
Mona has at various times sat on many Boards including NCF (Next Century Foundation, Jade (Jewish Arab Dialogue, FRRME (The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East) and presently is Vice Chair for BMSD (British
Muslims for Secular Democracy.
Mona is married and lives between London and Lisbon.
- Tanvir Mukhtar – Chair’s Deputy
After graduating from Warwick University with a BA Hons in Politics, Tanvir embarked on a career in financial services which has spanned nearly fifteen years working for institutions such as JP Morgan, HSBC and PwC. More recently, Tanvir completed an MSc in International Relations from the LSE and is working on a startup digital learning business. Involvement with BMSD is a means for Tanvir to help young British Muslims fight against institutional discrimination and alienation and help them to fulfil their aspirations becoming an integral and valued part of British society.
- Andy Gregg
I am currently CEO of ROTA (Race on the Agenda) and have had a long commitment to anti-racism as well as promoting equality in all other areas. I am the Chair of the Metropolitan Migration Foundation as well as being a trustee of London Voluntary Service Council and Refugee Action.I have been a freelance consultant specialising in governance and evaluation, Chief Executive of Charities Evaluation Services and London Advice Services Alliance. I have a substantial track record of working with refugees and migrants. I was Director of RETAS (Refugee Education and Training Advisory Service) and was a founder member of the Refugee Training Partnership as well as a trustee of Refugee Council.I have had a longstanding commitment to solidarity work with Eritrea and I edited the Eritrea Support Committee newsletter in the 1980s and am currently involved in campaigning for human rights in Eritrea through Eritrea Focus and other grassroots campaigns.
In the more distant past I have been a community development worker, a volunteers organiser, a journalist and a philosophy tutor. I am a member of War on Want and Amnesty International.
- Dr Irfan Malik
A GP in Nottingham, active in interfaith work & researches the Muslim contribution in the First World War.
- Naila Butt
- John Sunderland