Each member of our Board of Trustees is a volunteer, chosen because they have a diverse range of skills, knowledge and experience that will help us respond to key challenges. The Board of Trustees oversees the strategic direction of Islamic Relief Worldwide, working closely with the CEO and Board of Directors to provide oversight, advice and guidance.
Our new governance structure means that the first seven people elected to the Board of Trustees represent partner offices in seven countries: Australia, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. Over the course of 2021 there is scope for the Board to double in size as more partners elect representatives to the IGA, the IGA in turn elects more Board members, and a number of independent trustees are selected by the global family from outside Islamic Relief.
A term for an Islamic Relief Worldwide trustee is four years, and each trustee is limited to two terms. Elections will take place at the end of each four-year term and additionally if a place on the Board becomes vacant in the middle of a term.
Key responsibilities of Islamic Relief Worldwide’s Board of Trustees
- To oversee the organisation in accordance with its statutory obligations, making sure that we satisfy our regulatory requirements as a charity
- To act in a manner which supports the organisation in meeting aims and objectives as set out in our governing documents, and in ensuring our long-term security
- To focus on strategic planning and governance when setting our priorities and objectives
- To evaluate performance and progress, and approve relevant new policies and procedures
- To appraise the executive management team and be involved in making appointments to and dismissals from this team.
Following election through the International General Assembly on 22nd August 2020, the following trustees were elected on to the Islamic Relief Worldwide Board of Trustees.
The IRW Board of Trustees
Dr Ihab Saad – Chair PhD, P Eng, PMP
Chair of Board of Trustees IRW, Chair of Membership Accreditation Committee, Member of the Board of Trustees for Islamic Relief USA and Islamic Relief Australia.
Dr Ihab Saad, from the USA, is a professor of Civil Engineering and Construction Management. He graduated in 1984 with a degree in Civil Engineering from Cairo University. After practising for nine years, he moved to the United States for further post- graduate studies. He then obtained a Master’s degree and PhD from the University of Kentucky.
Dr Saad has taught and consulted in multiple countries over the past 30 years, and seen his work published in engineering and construction management journals. He joined the board of Islamic Relief USA in 2005, and was Chair from 2011 to 2014. He stepped down from the board in 2017 and was invited to re-join in 2019.
Nurhayati Hassan CFP CERT TM, IFP®
Vice Chair of IRW Board of Trustees, member of the Board of Trustees for Islamic Relief Malaysia, Chair of Audit and Finance Committee
Nurhayati Hassan, from Malaysia, is a certified coach, a certified financial planner (CFP), and an Islamic Financial Planner (IFP). She is a human resources consultant specialising in talent assessment for corporate talent assessment centres and succession planning programmes.
She previously spent her career in investment banking, which included investment research and analysis, and corporate finance-related work. She was also involved in strategic planning, and advising senior management on business planning and performance.
Ms Hassan sits on the board of Islamic Relief Malaysia. She holds an MBA in Management from Golden Gate University, USA, and a degree in Accounting with Computing from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Malaysia and the Malaysian Association of Certified Coaches.
Haroun Atallah FRSA, FCA
Member of the Board of Trustees for IRW and Islamic Relief Switzerland and the International Waqf Fund, member of the Governance Committee, member of the Audit and Finance Committee
Haroun Atallah holds Egyptian and Irish nationality. He is the Finance and Support Services Director for the International Development Law Organisation. He is a chartered accountant, auditor and aid worker, and his previous positions have included serving as a Group Director for Corporate Services at Transparency International. He was also Chief Executive Officer of Islamic Relief Worldwide from 2003 to 2008.
Haroun has contributed to research on humanitarian work, with a specific emphasis on the impact of counter-terrorism measures on charitable activities. He is an active participant in Financial Action Task Force consultations, and also frequently trains and advises multiple government agencies in the Gulf region around accountability, governance, corporate finance and strategic development.
Dr Nora Amath PhD
Member of the Board of Trustees for IRW, Board Secretary, Chair of Islamic Relief Australia
Dr Nora Amath is from Australia. She is a sociologist and community development specialist whose research focuses on multiculturalism, social inclusion, diversity, leadership and community development. She is the author of ‘The Phenomenology of Community Activism’ and her writing has also been published in several edited volumes and journals. She is an adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University and also works at the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA) as the National Manager of Refugee Settlement and the CAMS Statewide Coordinator.
Dr Amath is Chair of the Board of Islamic Relief Australia. She has strong connections to the community across a number of areas, including youth, women’s and multi-faith groups, and is a member of the Minister’s Queensland Multicultural Advisory Council. In recognition for her services to the community, she received numerous prestigious awards, including but not limited to, Australian Muslim Woman of the Year, Peacewoman of the Year (2015), and Australian of the Year finalist (2017)
Dr Aarif Pathan BMS, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Member of the Board of Trustees for IRW and Islamic Relief Canada
Dr Aarif Pathan is from Canada and is a doctor working in family medicine. He graduated in medicine from the University of Alberta in 2001 and later completed his residency in family medicine from the University of Western Ontario.
He previously worked as a staff physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at William Osler Health Corporation in Toronto.
Dr Pathan was a long-time volunteer for Islamic Relief and became a Board member of Islamic Relief Canada in 2019, and continues in that role. He is also dedicated to promoting healthcare and mentoring youth in underprivileged communities in Canada.
Dr Muhammad Osman MBChB, PGDipHM, MSc Epi
Member of the Board of Trustees for IRW and Islamic Relief South Africa
Dr Muhammad Osman from South Africa is a medical doctor and, and is currently a PhD candidate at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is contributing to research around tuberculosis, and his work is frequently published in international journals and publications.
He graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2004, going on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management (Oliver Tambo Fellowship) and MSc Epidemiology as a Fogarty Fellow at Columbia University in 2015.
Dr Muhammad Osman’s interests include a passion for youth development. He joined the Board of Trustees for Islamic Relief South Africa and Islamic Relief Worldwide in 2020.