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Dr Hany El-Banna, Founder and Chair of Trustees

Dr Hany El-Banna, born in Egypt in 1950, originally trained in Medicine – both in Egypt and the UK – and has founded several charities including The Humanitarian Forum, Islamic Relief, Muslim Charities Forum and the International HIV Fund. Dr. El-Banna is also a board member of the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA). He has visited over 60 of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries on behalf of these organisations.

Amongst his many achievements, he has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE), the Ibn Khaldun Award for Excellence in Promoting Understanding between Global Cultures and Faiths (UK) alongside the UK Muslim Power 100 Lifetime Achievement award the Lifetime Achievement Award 2010 at the Global Peace and Unity Event.

Saleh Saeed, Trustee

Saleh Saeed brings 20 years of successful experience providing strategic leadership in creative and challenging situations. Saleh is currently the CEO of the Disasters Emergency Committee. He has a variety of expertise through his varied career including governance, organisational development, programmes management and marketing and fundraising at a international level.

During his career, Saleh Saeed held a number of senior project and development roles for education and health authorities, including managing Microsoft’s West Midlands ‘Unlimited Potential Programme’. He is also a founding member of the Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell, now one of the most respected community based organisations in the UK.

Javed Akhtar, Trustee


Samina Haq, Trustee