Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for our governance with oversight for our strategic direction. They meet regularly to discuss, decide and review our strategies and policies, ensuring that the money we receive is used in the way our donors intended.

Saleha islam (chair)

Saleha has a career spanning over 30 years, having trained initially as a social worker, solution-focused psychotherapist, practice teacher, and a trainer. Her dedication to social change and justice has motivated her to do some extra ordinary jobs. She has worked in several organisations, including the UK’s leading child protection agency, the NSPCC, and has expereince in education, social services, health services and the police. She is also the first and only female in Europe to have led a flourishing mosque and Islamic centre in Central London.

She has been a powerful advocate on behalf of children and women on issues related to domestic violence, child abuse and mental health issues. She is seen as a key figure in interfaith work, community cohesion and youth-related issues.

Saleha currently runs her own freelance consultancy business providing services for a diverse range of clients.

Mostafa HUssain

Mostafa is a technology specialist with over 20 years of experience working with clients in the telecommunications industry across the globe.

Mostafa completed his Undergraduate degree in Chemistry at King’s College London and completed his Masters degree in Information Technology at Queen Mary University of London.

Mostafa is passionate about contributing to society and driving positive social change both here in the UK and in the most deprived parts of the world.

ANjuma choudhury

Anjuma describes herself as an intersectional millennial defined proudly by her gender, faith and ethnicity.

With a degree in Politics and International Relations, she embarked on a career in the third sector, where she has spent nearly a decade working with faith-based organisations such as Islam Channel, Muslim Charities Forum, the Muslim Council of Britain and the Ramadan Tent Project. Currently, she is working at the Buckinghamshire Council, providing corporate business support to the Children Services Department. 

Anjuma is passionate about using her skills and experience to make a positive difference, uplifting and empowering communities.

ibrahim ali

Ibrahim has a degree in Medical Science, following which he qualified as a chartered accountant, working in audit and advisory for both UHY and KPMG. He then worked in various roles in a London listed global management consulting business covering strategy, M&A, operations and global projects.

He is currently Finance Director and Group Financial Controller for the global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

nazir ali

Nazir is a qualified Senior Trading Standards Officer, a Chartered Trading Standards Institute member, and designated Chief Inspector of Weights & Measures.

He is a philanthropist with a passion for developing young leaders and helping those in need. He has many years of experience leading various community and charity initiatives in the UK as well as humanitarian projects in Bangladesh.

Nazir loves social media, working out in the gym, DIY and travelling around the world.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board supports trustees and members of GDF, providing expert and objective advice to the charity, challenging and scrutinising key issues in a supportive way.

Advisory Board members are not part of the formal governance of the charity and therefore can be independent and objective in their advice, scrutiny and feedback.