Our team

Our team

NZF WorldWide wants to be an inclusive and connecting organization for everyone. This resulted in a small team of experienced and focused individuals. Coming from multiple disciplines and being commited to bring Zakat to life, we coordinate the NZF agenda at a global level.

Board members

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Azim Kidwai (United Kingdom)

– Chair and executive director

Experienced and proven social entrepreneur, founder of the National Zakat Foundation in the UK, he has grown the model into five countries and is focused on establishing Zakat as a genuine and strong tool of contemporary social finance to further the cause of the faith and the faithful. Azim is currently the CEO of Mercy Mission, a global social impact incubator, where he has served for the last decade. From his UK base, he advises on a number of major Islamic philanthropy concerns from the Zakat strategy for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, to the board of the International Institute of Islamic Business and Finance, where he sits as a member.

Prof. Dr. Habib Ahmed (United Kingdom)

– Board Member with a focus on Research and Development

Before joining Durham University as the Sharjah Chair in Islamic Law & Finance, Habib Ahmed was Manager Research and Development, Islamic Banking Development Group, National Commercial Bank. He has also taught at the University of Connecticut USA, National University of Singapore, Hamad bin Khalifa University and University of Bahrain.

Muhammed Yesilhark (Switzerland)

– Board member with a focus on Technology

Muhammed is an experienced chief investment officer with a demonstrated history of working at the highest level of the investment management industry. He has gained experience at some of the best New York-based hedge funds. He is skilled in alternative asset management with a focus on public equities and longer-term equity valuations. He holds double degrees as a Bachelor of business administration focused on European management from ESB Reutlingen and Lancaster University.

Dr. Sohail Hanif (United Kingdom)
Zubair Qasim (Canada)
Asif Mulla (Australia)
Kheireddine Moussaoui (Netherlands)

Executive team

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Mufti Faraz Adam

– Managing Associate and Director of Research

Experienced Shariah scholar and advisor with a track record in product development, Shariah advisory, audit and governance for several global Islamic financial institutions. He spent a decade studying Islamic law in the UK and South Africa, specialising in finance. He holds a Masters degree in Islamic finance, banking and management from Newman University and has attained various finance-industry qualifications. He has an ACCA Accounting and Business Diploma and is currently training to be an Independent Financial Advisor.

Shaykh Muhammad Emamally
Ayesha Javed