Naser Haghamed

Chief Executive Officer and Interim UK Director

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Naser was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) in April 2016. Since joining IRW 23 years ago, Naser has worked in numerous leadership roles, including as Director of International Programmes and as the Operations Director of the Humanitarian Academy for Development.

Naser has over 25 years of expertise in both the private and third sector, running company-wide operational functions, leading complex projects from inception to successful completion and making sound strategic decisions. Naser has also served on the boards of various private and third sector organisations.

As a successful leader, mentor and negotiator, Naser has travelled across 35 countries, is fluent in three languages and has rich experience in dealing with people of different ages, cultures and backgrounds.

Naser obtained an Executive MBA with Distinction from Aston University in 2016.

Tufail Hussain

Deputy Director and Head of Fundraising

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Tufail Hussain joined Islamic Relief UK in 2016 and has over 10 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector coupled with extensive experience in marketing and campaign management. During these years, Tufail has travelled extensively around the world raising awareness of major emergencies such as the Syrian Crisis and Pakistan Floods. Current Deputy Director of Islamic Relief UK and Trustee at the Muslim Charities Forum (MCF), Tufail was previously the Chief Executive Officer at a leading charity specialising in helping vulnerable children. The charity, which supports thousands of children around the world, saw its income grow from £2 million to over £9 million in three years under his leadership.

Prior to this he held senior roles at various organisations where he has established fundraising strategies and has shown a strong track record of growing organisational income exponentially.

A sports enthusiast, Tufail lives a very active lifestyle having recently ran the London Marathon, raising over £20,000 for charity.

Samina Haq

Head of Programmes

Samina has been with Islamic Relief since 2005 when she joined the organisation as a Desk Officer supporting emergency responses to the Kashmir Earthquake, Bangladesh Cyclone Sidr and Myanmar Cyclone Nargis. She worked with and led the Palestine team following the 2008/9 conflict which, at the height of the crisis, was a £30m plus operation.She joined Islamic Relief UK in 2011 as Head of Programmes where she led global teams to secure £10m of funding from the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DfID). She also played a pivotal role in setting up processes to secure unrestricted funding. Under Samina’s management Islamic Relief UK’s project spend increased as well as the domestic programme strategy being developed and rolled-out.

Prior to joining Islamic Relief, Samina spent 18 months in post-war Kosovo, running a UNHCR food security project which was transformed from a food distribution to sustainable development programme under conflict conditions. She also developed and delivered psycho-social interventions.

Fatima Ribeiro

Head of Project Management Office


Fatima Ribeiro joined Islamic Relief UK in 2014 and is currently the Head of Project Management Office and a member of IRUK’s Executive Board.

After joining Islamic Relief UK to manage corporate partnerships, working with the likes of Barclays, Ernst & Young and BAML, Fatima became a pivotal relationship manager and quickly moved through the ranks to become the youngest member of our senior leadership team.

Within the Project Management Office, Fatima navigated Islamic Relief through a transitional period, managing the delivery of all major projects and leading the implementation of IRUK’s fundraising and emergency campaigns.

Prior to joining Islamic Relief UK, Fatima spent over five years working with international NGOs and grassroots charities, developing their corporate portfolio and strategies.

Fatima has an academic background in Biomedical Science, and is a Prince2 qualified project management practitioner. She is also fluent in six languages, which has been invaluable to her work with Child Protection teams in various London boroughs, supporting families in cases of lost custody.

Faysal Maruf

Interim Co-Head of Corporate Services (Finance, ICT and Facilities & Services)

An Economics graduate and Chartered Accountant with over 12 years of post-qualification experience. Faysal joined Islamic Relief in 2015 as the Finance Business Partner. Prior to joining Islamic Relief, Faysal worked at senior level in various finance sections within the public sector, acquiring organisation-wide strategic and operational knowledge and experience.

Faysal has since has played a key role within Islamic Relief UK’s financial management and in helping to develop work plan templates across current strategy aims by linking objectives, metrics and projects to budgetary resources.

Rubina Khan

Interim Co-Head of Corporate Services (Supporter Relations, Volunteering Engagement and Strategic Projects)


Rubina graduated with a Master’s in International Development and has been working in the non-profit sector for 13 years. Her previous roles have included working in customer care, volunteer management and regional programming at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).

Since joining Islamic Relief in 2013 as Supporter Relations Manager, she has led the implementation of new initiatives such as setting up direct debits and robust Gift Aid processes resulting in over 8,000 regular givers and over £14 million claimed in Gift Aid. Rubina has been involved in many projects over the years and is currently leading on IRUK’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) review.

Judith Escribano

Head of Communications

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Judith is an experienced senior communications professional with 25 years’ experience in the non-profit sector.

Judith has worked for and been part of senior management teams for a range of INGOs including Action Aid and Age International. This includes managing handling crisis communications including nationwide Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) appeals.

Judith has built, led, managed and coached multi-disciplinary communications teams, focusing on brand/marketing, publications, media/PR, digital, fundraising communications and internal communications. She has experience in overseeing user-testing exercises on websites; managing digital content strategies; and overseeing effective social marketing.  She is also experienced in commissioning media content and managing PR events, including the creation of a photo competition and exhibition in collaboration with The Guardian; the organisation of celebrity visits, the promotion of a flagship policy document in all the daily broadsheets, the Today programme and Radio 5 Live; and the promotion of fundraising content in consumer magazines.

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