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Our Team

Meet the people who run The Centre for Islam and Medicine.

Arzoo Ahmed
Director

Arzoo Ahmed read Physics at the University of Oxford, graduating with a BA in 2008. She completed an MPhil in Medieval Arabic Thought, at the Oriental Institute, Oxford, in 2012, under the supervision of Professor Fritz Zimmerman and Dr. Afifi Al-Akiti. Her thesis research focused on reason and revelation in the works of Raghib al-Isfahani. Arzoo has worked as a Research Associate at the Office for Public Management, completing research and evaluation projects for the NHS, Macmillan Cancer Support, and London Creative Labs. She also worked on policy issues with the government through her role in YMAG, where she was elected as Chair. In 2013, Arzoo completed a degree in Islamic Studies with Al-Salam Institute, after having studied the Islamic Sciences with Shaykh Akram Nadwi for eight years. She is also managing the publication of Al-Muhaddithat: a 40-volume encyclopedia on the history of Muslim female scholarship. Arzoo’s research interests include: the soul and the human person; epistemology; methodology; ethics and gender studies.

Arzoo was appointed Director of the CIM in July 2016. She is working on building the infrastructure of the centre, preparing to launch key programs in 2017, and establishing key partnerships across different sectors to facilitate the work of the CIM.

Dr Saad Ismail
Chair of Board of Trustees

Dr. Saad Ismail is co-founder of the CIM and currently serves as its Chair of Trustees. He studied Medicine at the University of Birmingham and practices as a General Practioner (GP) in the West Midlands. Concurrently, he is undertaking a Bachelors degree in Contextual Islamic Studies at the Cambridge Muslim College. He is active in his local community in the field of youth work and Arabic language tuition. Saad has a keen interest in Islamic studies and spent time in Morocco studying Arabic in an intensive environment following his foundational studies in the language in the UK for over 5 years.

Dr Obadah Ghannam
Trustee, Research

Dr. Obadah Ghannam is an Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice with the University of Birmingham and a Trustee of the Centre for Islam and Medicine. He obtained his MBBS degree from Imperial College, London, alongside a First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Imperial College Business School. After graduating, he completed his Academic Foundation Programme in the West Midlands, working within various medical and surgical specialties before moving on to the Division of Health Sciences at the University of Warwick. There, he was involved in an NIHR Cochrane Review investigating the role of Vitamin C and Vitamin K for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and obtained a Postgraduate Award in Epidemiology & Statistics (with distinction). Obadah was appointed a Clinical Teaching Fellow with the University of Birmingham where he taught and examined medical students in their clinical years and also set up the University’s Personal Interest Project in Islamic Bioethics, guiding students through research projects in applied Islamic bioethics. During this year, he obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (with merit). He is currently completing his Masters of Laws (LL.M) degree with De Montfort University, Leicester, and has presented the work of the CIM at various national and international conferences.

Dr Mehrunisha Suleman
Trustee

Dr. Mehrunisha Suleman is a post doctoral research associate at the Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge. Her research involves an analysis of the experiences of end of life care (EOLC) services in the UK, from the Muslim perspective. The study will involve a systematic analysis of the views of stakeholders, such as healthcare staff, patients, families, chaplains and Islamic scholars to enable a presentation of a range of challenges and concerns that currently exist in EOLC services within the NHS.

Before joining CIS, Mehrunisha completed a DPhil in Population Health at the University of Oxford titled “Does Islam influence research ethics?” She read the BA in the Biomedical Sciences Tripos at the University of Cambridge, followed by clinical studies and an MSc in Global Health Sciences, at Oxford University. She worked with Sir Muir Gray on the Department of Health’s QIPP Right Care Programme, and was involved in the design and construction of Population Based Accountable Integrated Care Systems, as well as developing an online tool for commissioners, clinicians and patient groups on health care systems design. She was co-editor of the NHS Atlas of Variation for Diabetes and Liver Disease.

Mehrunisha has also been studying the Islamic Sciences with Sheikh Akram Nadwi and completed her Alimiyyah degree with Al Salaam Institute in 2013. She is an expert for UNESCO’s Ethics Teacher Training Programme.

Saif Quader
Trustee, Finance

Saif completed a BSc in Accounting and Finance at the LSE and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young LLP. He is currently working as a Finance Manager at Amazon. He is also a Certified Islamic Finance Executive and has organised a number of seminars in this field. He has obtained a number of Diplomas in Arabic and Islamic sciences from UK institutions such as Cambridge Islamic College. He is currently continuing his studies, focussing on Islamic Jurisprudence and Qur’anic exegesis.

Saif joined CIM as a Trustee and Treasurer in 2015. He strongly believes in supporting organisations seeking to facilitate dialogue between experts in science and religion. Saif’s vision is to ensure that the CIM continues to grow in a financially sustainable manner, to implement effective financial controls and to maintain a high degree of compliance with reporting requirements.

Talha Ghannam
Trustee

Talha studied BSc Mathematics and Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE) where he also served as the Islamic society president. Following his graduation, Talha went on to work as a strategy consultant at L.E.K. consulting, one of the leading firms in the city of London. He has also been an active member of the Muslim community for a number of years, serving on a number of projects both locally and nationally including YMAG, FOSIS and his local community in Solihull. Alongside his work, Talha is completing a 5 year Alimiyah and regularly gives circles and classes within London and Birmingham.

Waqar Zahoor
Trustee, Communications

Waqar studied Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management. He has experience in organising fundraising events both in his local community and regionally within London. Waqar is a talented designer and has used his skills in design to develop the professional image of of the CIM. He currently heads up the communications wing of the organisation, overseeing its branding identity and brand management.

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