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Meet the Team

At NZF our team is dedicated to ensuring that all aspects of the Zakat process are monitored and constantly improved. From ensuring the secure collection of funds, to distributing them in a responsible and effective way, the NZF team makes your Zakat experience more valuable.

Iqbal Nasim

Chief Executive of the National Zakat Foundation

Iqbal has led National Zakat Foundation since November 2011, a few months after its inception and launch.

Prior to joining NZF, Iqbal worked for over five years in the investment banking industry as an equity research analyst in London. He holds an MA in Economics and Management from Cambridge University, where he was President of the Islamic Society, and an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School.

Iqbal believes passionately in the transformational potential of Zakat when it is properly institutionalised. He has spoken extensively about Zakat and NZF across the UK and has also presented to international audiences, notably at the Global Donors Forum, convened by the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, and the World Islamic Economic Forum.


Sultan Choudhury

Sultan is CEO and Director of Al Rayan Bank. He has over 20 years of professional and financial services experience in the UK. Sultan is a member of various Community and Government advisory groups and has contributed significantly to the development of Islamic Financial Services in the UK.

He was a founding member of UKIFS (UK Islamic Finance Secretariat), a body which promotes the UK Islamic Finance industry. He previously held roles at Charles Schwab Europe, Barclays Private Bank and Deloitte. Sultan holds a BA (Hons) in Economics & Econometrics and an MBA.

Azim Kidwai (Chair)

Azim Kidwai is the CEO of Mercy Mission UK. He joined Mercy Mission in 2009 as the Chief Executive and has led the growth of the organisation from a new community organisation to an international incubator. He has overseen the launch of Ramadan TV, National Zakat Foundation, and Charity Right and is now leading the Muslim Foster Project. He also serves as a board member at a number of UK registered charities and a special advisor on Islamic philanthropy at the United Nations Relief & Works Agency.

Sabah Gilani

Sabah Gilani is the CEO of the Better Community Business Network (BCBN) which distributes grant awards to UK charitable initiatives, supporting local community projects that make a real difference to the communities they serve. BCBN is recognised within the business, charitable and political sectors for tackling some of the most socially challenging causes in our community. The organisation has received endorsements from HRH Prince of Wales, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan and Vanessa Redgrave CBE amongst many others. Sabah is NZF’s first female trustee bringing with her a wealth of experience in event management and the charitable sector. Sabah has an MA in politics and media from the School of Oriental and African Studies and completed Leadership programmes both internationally and nationally including the Cambridge Senior Faith Leadership Programme. In recent years, she has hosted a number of charitable events, lifestyle shows and entrepreneurial programmes. She has a keen interest in supporting women’s networks and hosts Muslim women empowerment programmes and support groups.

Ibrar Majid

Ibrar works as a Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital with a specialist interest in Paediatric Major Trauma and Limb Reconstruction. He has been working in the charity sector in the UK for over ten years, in various roles including as a founding trustee of both Mercy Mission and NZF. He is also the current chairman of Doctors Worldwide, an international medical NGO.

Ibrar is an alumnus of an NHS Clinical Leadership Fellow scheme and has worked on several programmes related to leadership and service delivery. He regularly runs workshops and seminars on personal development, self-awareness and leadership both nationally and internationally, and is a fully certified MBTI practitioner.

Tariq Surty

Tariq has over 20 years’ experience in the information and media sector, helping organisations define and deliver change. He utilises core project and programme management best practices to enable organisations to more effectively and efficiently understand and achieve their core objectives. Over the years Tariq has brought this invaluable experience from the private sector into the third sector and has helped to empower them to be more effective.

Muhammed Yesilhark

Muhammed is an investor and philanthropist. He is currently the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Q2Q Capital, a Dubai based firm. Until April 2016, Muhammed was the Head of European Equities at Carmignac, one of Europe’s leading asset managers. Muhammed started his career as an analyst and was trained in corporate finance and equity capital markets. He studied Finance and Management at the European School of Business and attained a first-class honours degree jointly from Reutlingen University of Applied Science in Germany and Lancaster University in the UK.


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