The MYH Team
The MYH team is made up of seven Trustees, two full time members of staff, six part time Helpline staff, two interns and 30 helpline volunteers.
Fundraising Manager: Anira Khokhar
Anira grew up in Bristol, and graduated in Media from the University of the West of England. She spent sixteen years working in the community and voluntary sector in Bristol in voluntary and paid positions. She has worked with the various communities of Bristol in the areas of housing, advice and advocacy, events, women and young people, extremism, mental health, domestic violence, forced marriage, hate crimes, and education. She has worked with community radio, front line practitioners and local councils.
From 1999 – 2005 Anira worked part time for BBC Radio Bristol and with the BBC Programme department from 2004-2005. In 2005 she worked independently on documentaries both nationally and internationally with grass roots community organisations. From 2008 to 2009 she was seconded by Government Office South West as a Project Manager for the Government’s Prevent agenda in the South West of England.
In 2014 Anira started to write monthly articles for the Bristol Post tackling issues facing Muslim communities from a Muslim women’s perspective. She has also been actively involved with tackling radicalisation amongst young Muslims, including building public relations through local, national and international media.
Training Development Officer: Mehjabeen Rahim BA (Hons) CertEd (DTLLS)
Mehjabeen is a qualified Training & Education Consultant. Her specialties lie in the development of creative and innovative training and learning resources that equip individuals to access knowledge in the most efficient and user friendly manner. Mehjabeen also designs and delivers training courses on a variety of youth related subject matters and has been working in the Religious Education sector for 7 years providing her training services to education departments and charity organisations worldwide. Mehjabeen holds a Degree in World Religions (BA Hons) from SOAS University of London and a post graduate Certificate in Education (DTLLS). She has extensive experience as a youth mentor together with being qualified in Muslim spiritual care provision in the NHS and is an accredited safeguarding officer.
Chair: Mr Awais Khan (Cantab) CFA
Awais Khan grew up Burnley, Lancashire. He read economics at Trinity Hall Cambridge, where he was also President of the Student Pakistan Society. He joined the Board of Muslim Youth Helpline in 2011 as Vice-chair and has been Chair since December 2012. In his professional life he works in the financial sector in the City of London.
Vice Chair & Interim Director of Operations: Dr Furqan Taher MBBS
Dr Furqan Taher has been involved in MYH since 2003 when she joined as one of the first helpline volunteers while she was a student studying medicine in London. She is now a GP Registrar in London. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2011.
Secretary: Dr Reem Hasan MBBS MRCGP DCH DRCOG DFSRH
Dr Reem Hasan grew up in the north east of England, and studied medicine at Newcastle University. She is currently a GP in central London, doing both NHS and private work, and also runs a charity clinic at a women's health centre in Camden. Reem has experience in prison medicine and her special interests include women and children's health, nutrition and wellness. Reem is involved with several charities and joined the MYH board of trustees in 2015.
Treasurer: Ali Hashem BA
Ali is vastly experienced in working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Having been an elected trustee at the Iraq Welfare Association, Ali led the Youth section. He organised camps for hundreds of young people with the aim of boosting their confidence, challenging themselves and building relationship with mentors. By profession Ali is a management consultant and works in the IT secto. He is also a Labour Councillor at Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
Partnerships: Dr Kiran Nijabat MBBS BSc MRCPsych
Dr Kiran Nijabat is a psychiatrist with a specialist interest in child and adolescent psychiatry. She graduated in medicine in 2008 from Guy's, Kings and St. Thomas' school of medicine. Kiran has an intercalated BSc in Management and Healthcare at Imperial college London. She is currently on the UCL partners rotation and working in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Whittington Hospital. Dr Nijabat is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and has links with the Tavistock Centre. Kiran leads the development of MYH and links and partnerships with mental health organisations.
IT: Mr Saj Ahmad CISSP, CGEIT, MSP
Saj Ahmad is an IT Security Specialist with over 10 years international experience of working on major security programmes including for Nestlé, The African Development Bank and British Telecom.
Saj currently works for a Financial group delivering their IT Security Roadmap. Saj joined MYH in October 2012 as the IT Trustee.
Governance: Mr Tufyal Choudhury LLM (Cantab)
Tufyal Choudhury is a Lecturer in Law at Durham University. His research and teaching cover the areas of human rights, discrimination and social integration. He is also a senior policy advisor to the Open Society Foundations' At Home in Europe Programme and a fellow of the German Marshall Fund's Trans-Atlantic Forum on Migration and Integration. TC read law at the universities of London and Cambridge and was called to the Bar at Inner Temple. He was previously a Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Public Law (Cambridge University) and the Oxford Centre on Migration, Policy and Society. Tufyal is also a Trustee for Democratic Audit and Maslaaha. Tufyal joined MYH as a Trustee in 2007.