Leadership of Tell MAMA

Shahid Malik

Chair

Shahid Malik Became a Member of Parliament in 2005 under Prime Minister Tony Blair and in 2007, the then new Prime Minister Gordon Brown appointed him as International Development Minister, making him Britain’s first Muslim Minister. He went on to hold roles as Justice Minister, Home Office (Interior) Minister, and then Communities & Local Government Minister until the Labour government lost the General Election in May 2010.

Prior to entering Parliament, Mr Malik worked in the investment, development and regeneration fields having held numerous chief executive roles. He also held a number of board positions both as Chairman and non-executive director in the UK and internationally.

He served as the Member of Parliament for Dewsbury from 2005 till 2010 when 65% boundary changes (re-districting) turned the area into a marginal Conservative (opposition) constituency seat.
In December 2005 Mr Malik won the prestigious House Magazine Award for the ‘Best Maiden Speech’ awarded every five years, beating off over 100 other new MPs, and was runner-up in Channel 4’s Rising Star Award. He was also Parliamentary Pool Champion each year he served as an MP.

In the global fight against poverty and disease Mr Malik possesses a valuable insight and understanding of the complex architecture of international development. He has worked at the highest levels of government with Heads of State and Government Ministers across a diverse range of countries including: Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nepal, Yemen, Pakistan, Kosovo, Senegal, Somalia, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Malaysia and Indonesia.


Former Communities Minister Shahid Malik Reflects on Cameron’s Comments on ‘Muslim Communities Doing More’ to tackle extremism

Former Minister Shahid Malik talks about the need for mosques to play a role in tackling extremism

Richard Benson

President

Richard is Director of Property for Gerald Ronson’s Rontec who operate over 200 petrol stations across the UK under the Shop’N Drive brand. Richard joined Rontec on 1 October 2013 having retired as Chief Executive of the Community Security Trust (CST) a registered charity with UK-wide responsibility for the physical and political defence of the Jewish community, its synagogues, schools, community buildings and events, which he led for 12 years. Richard continues his involvement with CST having been appointed a member of the Board of Trustees.

The CST is the largest community based security organisation in the world and is Anglo-Jewry’s defence agency representing all parts of the community – both religious and political. He led a team of 60 full-time staff and 3,000 security volunteers. Richard had responsibility for delivering the service to the Anglo-Jewish community, covering security, marketing and communications, information and research, Government and Police liaison, international engagement and fundraising. The London headquarters based in NW London is supported by regional offices in Manchester and throughout the UK wherever there are Jewish communities.

Richard became a committed volunteer while working in Commercial Real Estate. He joined the staff as Head of Security in 1998 and became Chief Executive in 2001 on the retirement of his predecessor. His role included initiating and co-ordinating strategic planning, managing financial administration, liaising with community leaders, senior police officers at Scotland Yard, National Police Constabularies, Association of Chief Police officers, representatives of Government and statutory authorities, all main Political parties as well as with a board of trustees who have a wide range of interests and influence.
Richard also sits on many boards and forums on behalf of the community. Richard was involved with the UK’s Parliamentary Inquiry into antisemitism and is member of the Government’s inter-departmental Task Force on antisemitism which was established by Government following the key recommendations of the Inquiry.

Richard also organised and ran the professionals and experts track at the 2010 Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism Conference in London.
Richard is also a board member of two other Jewish organisations; Maccabi GB which is one of Anglo-Jewry’s main youth organisations and UJS (Union of Jewish Students).

Fiyaz Mughal

Founder

His working history includes over 15 years experience in the community and voluntary sector in positions that have included social policy lobbying, project and general management, conflict resolution work and leading organizations as the Chief Operating Officer.

Fiyaz has worked in a number of organizations providing training to women right through to European transnational faith related programmes and advice and information projects. Currently, Fiyaz Mughal is currently the Founder and Director of a not for profit organization called Faith Matters (www.faith-matters.org) which works on reducing extremism and developing platforms for discourse and interaction between Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Jewish communities right across the UK. Faith Matters also works extensively on community cohesion, interfaith, conflict resolution and prevent programmes at a local, national and international level.

Fiyaz is also the founder of the national anti-Muslim hate crime monitoring project called TELL MAMA. TELL MAMA ensures the mapping monitoring and measuring of anti-Muslim hatred across England and Wales and is the only national project that works in this area. Since 2012, the project has assisted over 7,100 people and ensured over 540 + arrests across the country. Modelled on the Community Security Trust, it has fast become a well-recognised brand in the field of hate crime work and has been a project that tackles far right extremism and has actively disrupted far right anti-Muslim networks. (The project stands alone and is not part of Prevent).

Fiyaz was previously a Councillor in Haringey (2006-2010) and a Councillor in Oxford (2002-2004). A previous Deputy President of a mainstream political party in the UK, he has also campaigned heavily on Black and Minority Ethnic (group) inclusion within political parties and discourses. He was also appointed to be on the Working Group for Communities that was linked to the Extremism Task Force developed in 2005 after the 7/7 bombings. In early 2008, Fiyaz was successful in becoming an elected member IDeA Peer Mentor for national work with local authorities on the Preventing Violent Extremism agenda.

Fiyaz was also previously appointed in 2008 by the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government (the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP) to be a member of the Local Delivery Advisory Group on Preventing Violent Extremism. He was also appointed as the Advisor to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg MP, on interfaith and preventing radicalisation and extremism between 2009 – 2010. Fiyaz was honoured in June 2009 by Her Majesty the Queen and was bestowed with the Honour of the Order of the British Empire for his work with communities.

Patrons of the Programme

The Reverend Mark Oakley

Canon Oakley was born in Shrewsbury in 1968 and was educated in London and Oxford. He was ordained at St Paul’s in 1993 and served his first appointment as Curate of St John’s Wood Church (1993-6). He was then asked to become the Chaplain to the Bishop of London (1996-2000) and was later appointed Rector of St Paul’s, Covent Garden, known as “the Actors’ church” (2000-5). He was also Chaplain at RADA from 2003 to 2005. He was subsequently invited to take up appointment as Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe, based in Copenhagen. Canon Oakley returned to London in 2008 and served at Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, before being appointed to St Paul’s. He is also a Deputy Priest in Ordinary to HM the Queen (1996-). Canon Oakley’s interests are the relationship between faith and poetry, human rights and the place of faith in the contemporary world. He is the author of several books and is a regular lecturer and broadcaster.

The Canon Chancellor is responsible for the educational and outreach activities of the Cathedral through the work of its Schools and Families Department and the St Paul’s Forum. He also oversees the work of the St Paul’s Institute through which the Cathedral seeks to engage with ethical issues concerning the City, finance and human wellbeing. The Canon Chancellor is also responsible for the visual arts policy of the Cathedral which seeks to enhance the mission of the Cathedral through temporary art installations. Canon Oakley’s interests are the relationship between faith and poetry, human rights and the place of faith in the contemporary world. He is the author of several books and is a regular lecturer and broadcaster.

Lord Mohammed Altaf Sheikh

Mohamed was born in Kenya and brought up in Uganda. His parents originated from the sub-continent of India. Mohamed attended Government schools in Mbale (Uganda) where he attained the Cambridge Higher School Certificate.

Lord Sheikh is now the Chairman and Director of Iqra Ethical Plc (Islamic and ethical insurances & financial services) and Macmillan Sheikh plc (Conventional insurances & financial services) which have offices in Westminster, London. In addition he is the Chairman of two property companies.

Lord Sheikh has also been honoured by the presentation of several personal awards which have been given to him for his achievements, leadership, business success and humanitarian work.

In view of Lord Sheikh’s longstanding connection with the City of London, he took the full title of Baron Sheikh of Cornhill in the City of London when he was appointed to the House of Lords.

Mohamed is President of the Conservative Muslim Forum and also the Chairman of the Conservative Ethnic Diversity Council. He became a life peer in 2006. He also holds the following positions in Parliamentary groups; 1) A Vice Chairman of Conservative Parliamentary Friends of Pakistan, 2) A Vice Chairman of Britain-Bangladesh All-Party Parliamentary Group, 3) Member of Executive of Conservative Parliamentary Friends of India, 4) A Vice-Chairman of All-Party Parliamentary Group of Saudi Arabia, 5) A Vice-Chairman of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Central Asia, 6) A Vice-Chairman of Associate Parliamentary Group on Islamic Finance.

John Esposito

University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, John L. Esposito is Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Previously, he was Loyola Professor of Middle East Studies, College of the Holy Cross.

Past President of the American Academy of Religion and Middle East Studies Association of North America, Esposito has served as consultant to the U.S. Department of State and other agencies, European and Asian governments, corporations, universities, and media worldwide and ambassador for the UN Alliance of Civilizations and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders and E. C. European Network of Experts on De-Radicalisation. He has received honorary doctorates from St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, the University of Sarajevo, University of Florida and Immaculata University as well as the American Academy of Religion’s Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion, Pakistan’s Quaid-i-Azzam Award for Outstanding Contributions in Islamic Studies, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service Outstanding Teacher Award and Georgetown’s Career Research Achievement Award.

Esposito’s more than 45 books include: The Future of Islam, Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (with Dalia Mogahed), Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?, Islam and Politics; Makers of Contemporary Islam and Islam and Democracy (with John O. Voll), What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam, Asian Islam in the 21st Century (John Voll & Osman Bakar), World Religions Today and Religion and Globalization (with D. Fasching & T. Lewis), Geography of Religion: Where God Lives, Where Pilgrims Walk (with S. Hitchcock), Islam: The Straight Path; Islam and Democracy and Makers of Contemporary Islam (with J. Voll); Modernizing Islam (with F. Burgat) Political Islam: Revolution, Radicalism or Reform?, Religion and Global Order (with M. Watson), Islam and Secularism in the Middle East (with A. Tamimi), Iran at the Crossroads (with R.K. Ramazani), Islam, Gender, and Social Change and Muslims on the Americanization Path and Daughters of Abraham (with Y. Haddad), and Women in Muslim Family Law. Esposito’s books and articles have been translated into more than 35 languages.

Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Islamic Studies Online and Series Editor of The Oxford Library of Islamic Studies, he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (6 vols.); The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World (4 vols.), The Oxford History of Islam, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, and The Islamic World: Past and Present (3 vols.).

Esposito’s interviews and articles with newspapers, magazines, and the media in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Guardian, The Times of London, CNN, ABC Nightline, CBS, NBC, and the BBC. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Dr. Jeanette P. Esposito.

Canon Dr Giles Fraser

Canon Dr Giles Fraser a priest in the Church of England, a columnist and editorial board member for the Guardian, and a regular broadcaster on BBC’s Radio 4 including a panelist on Moral Maze. Previously a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Oxford and Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, he is currently a visiting professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics and is writing a theological memoir for Penguin.

Jonathan Bloch

Jonathan Bloch was politically involved in South Africa in the worker and student movements and remains active in human rights circles in the United Kingdom. Since 2002 he has chaired the Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust, one of the largest scholarship awarding organisations in Southern Africa. He is also a councillor in the London Borough of Haringey. He trained in law and now owns and run a worldwide financial information business.