The work of the Muslim Council of Britain is overseen by Office Bearers who report quarterly to the National Council. Office Bearers are responsible for appointing staff for day-to-day running.
All Office Bearers perform their duties in a voluntary capacity. See below for current Office Bearers and Senior Management Team. Read more about our governance structure here.
Harun Rashid Khan FRSA
Harun Khan is a Londoner born and bred, working as a Civil Engineer in the city for almost three decades. As a teenager, Harun devoted a lot of his time to youth & community work and then served as a school governor for many years. While serving as the Chair of the MCB London Committee (2006-2010) he founded the Eid celebrations in London’s Trafalgar Square in partnership with the Mayor of London and attended by up to 20,000 visitors.
As a second-generation Muslim being elected to the post of Secretary General for the first time in 2016, he worked tirelessly with his new leadership team to develop the organisation, bringing in greater diversity through the engagement of women and young people and establishing MCB’s profile across numerous towns and cities in Britain. Furthermore, during his term, annual ground breaking initiatives such as Visit My Mosque day, the Women in Mosques Development Programme and the Our Mosques Our Future conferences have been welcomed with wide acclaim. Harun is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. @harakha
Deputy Secretary General
Hassan Joudi started to volunteer with the MCB in 2014 after graduating from university, initially supporting the publishing of MCB’s “British Muslims in Numbers” report. He then got involved with #VisitMyMosque Day, leading the growth of the national event for four consecutive years from 20 participating mosques in 2015, to over 200 mosques in 2018. In January 2018, Hassan led the MCB organising team for the first ‘Our Mosques Our Future’ conference and he currently acts as the Mosque Affairs Coordinator for the MCB.
In July 2018, Hassan was elected to be Deputy Secretary General, and aged 28 years old, he is the youngest ever person to be elected to an MCB Office Bearer post. Hassan believes passionately in the role of young people as a driving force for positive change in society. He works as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer in the energy sector. @HassanJoudi_
Assistant Secretary General
Zara Mohammed graduated with an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Strathclyde. Zara has served on the executive team of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) for three years and was elected the first female President for the term 2016-17. Zara has contributed to a number of public consultations including Muslim women and employment, Islamophobia and has spoken at a number of events across the UK and Ireland. She is passionate about empowering young people and supporting women in her community. @ZaraM01
Assistant Secretary General
Rashidat Adeyinka Hassan is a broadcast professional with over 20 years experience. She has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Mass Communication and presently on break from a PhD in Media and Film at the University of Winchester. Rashidat is passionate about using the media for social good, particularly in working with and inspiring more women and youth. Rashidat is a volunteer for a number of developmental programmes organised by the Muslim Association of Nigeria UK / Old Kent Road Mosque, in collaboration with other stakeholders within the community. She is also interested in inspiring women to excel and works with a non-governmental organisation called Women and Youth Empowerment Network, where she helps deliver an intervention programme targeting women of BME background in South-East London called Women Building Communities. Rashidat is a wife and mother to four lovely children and strong promoter of family and relationship values. @rashidathassan
Assistant Secretary General
Maswood Ahmed works as a coach, mentor and motivational public speaker and is CEO of www.Inspireamillion.com. He studied Social Work at the University of Liverpool and an MSc & MBA from Westminster Business School. Maswood has over 30 years social work experience mostly with children and families of which he has spent 17 years as a Team Leader in various settings mostly working for local authorities. He has held senior leadership roles in various local and national organisations in education and social care sector. He is a former Director of British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) and currently serves as a Director of CoramBAAF. Maswood is currently leading on the national campaign to stop knife crime in the UK: www.stopknifecrime.uk and has helped the MCB to organize the national conference; Protecting All Our Children, Tackling Grooming – Safeguarding Children In All Communities.
Navshir is an experienced Chartered Accountant and specialises in structuring real estate transactions and funds including closing real estate funds, tax planning and transaction advisory. Recently, he has been working on several significant real estate developments in central London, and advises on corporate governance, investor reporting and the financial aspects of the developments. He speaks regularly at conferences and is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Islamic Finance.
Navshir serves as the Honorary Treasurer of the Muslim Council of Britain, leading the Finance committee, contributing to the strategic direction and speaking at public events. He has served the MCB for over 10 years as a previous Treasurer and Assistant Secretary General leading several initiatives such as organising the British delegations to the World Islamic Economic Forums and capacity building workshops. He is also passionate about transforming communities through sport and is a qualified youth football coach. Navshir has previously served as a Non-Executive Director at Merton & Sutton NHS Trust and School Governor at several Schools. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family travelling, watching sport and being a foodie!
Lamine Konate is a professional accountant specialising in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) since 2010 and now runs his own accountancy practice based in South London. He is currently the Secretary General of the African Ivorian Islamic Trust and the Deputy Imam of Peckham High Street Mosque.
Lamine is also a junior policy adviser to the Ivory Coast Embassy in London for international organisations and a financial analyst at the Department of Credit Institutions and External Finance (Treasury and Public Accounting). Lamine also serves as the Vice Chair of the Southwark Muslim Forum and works with the Southwark Interfaith forum. He also participates in the Southwark Faith and Health program in the borough and the funding project for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital charity for the local community in Southwark and Lambeth.
Senior Management Team
Director of Operations
Lamees Hafeez is the Interim Director of Operations at the MCB. She oversees the MCB’s growing staff group and projects, working on building a more sustainable office and strengthening collaboration. She is a management professional with over seven years experience working in different humanitarian contexts but primarily focused on the Middle East humanitarian response. Her experience includes senior leadership and management from HR, admin, finance, and operational oversight to direct project management and executive level engagement. She has experience in establishing national offices, managing large teams, setting up operations and programs, building partnerships, high stakeholder engagement, and advocating on behalf of NGOs.
Public Affairs and Communications Manager
Zainab Gulamali is the Public Affairs and Communications Manager at the MCB, overseeing and conducting much of the organisation’s advocacy, political engagement and media work. More recently, Zainab has been coordinating the MCB’s COVID response, including bringing together Muslim-led organisations to produce advice and guidance for mosques and Muslim communities on staying safe and adapting to the pandemic, and working with police forces, public health bodies, NHS trusts and councils on disseminating advice and guidance in the community. As a spokesperson for the organisation, Zainab is regularly interviewed in the media about the work of the MCB. Prior to her work at the Muslim Council of Britain, Zainab was the Head of Parliamentary Affairs for Plaid Cymru, advising on domestic policy and parliamentary procedure.
Director of Centre for Media Monitoring
Rizwana Hamid is the Director of the MCB’s Centre for Media Monitoring, a project promoting fair, accurate and responsible reporting of Muslims and Islam in the media through constructive engagement with the media, regulators and politicians. Apart from overseeing the project, Rizwana is responsible for all of the advocacy work which includes one to one meetings with stakeholders, roundtable discussions, organising public events and submitting oral and written evidence to parliamentary inquiries and media consultations. Rizwana has appeared in the media on behalf of CfMM as well as on panel discussions at various media festivals, including the Edinburgh Television Festival. Prior to heading CfMM, Rizwana worked in the media for over 30 years as a producer director in news, current affairs, documentaries and religious programming. Her films have won awards, been presented as evidence in inquiries and led to policy changes. As a media & communication skills trainer & consultant, she has delivered workshops & programmes to marginalised communities in the UK, South Africa, Zimbabwe & Mexico.