As part of City Circle's evolving journey, we write to update you on the latest farewells and new faces to the CC team.
Rabia Malik, after two exciting years at the wheel, will be stepping down as Chair and shall continue her contribution as a trustee. We acknowledge the fresh perspective and balance that Rabia has provided in leading the team, as well as the greater spiritual and analytical influence she introduced. We thank her sincerely for her time and efforts.
Sid Djerfi will be taking the reigns.
Sid is a management consultant, previously in the City, who now works for an educational NGO tackling educational inequity. He has considerable project management, technology and networking skills and very strong relationships across the London communities.
Sid very successfuly led the CC Saturday School for two years. He is incredibly energetic, very much a pragmatist who brings people together effectively. His interests lie in raising the conditions of the Muslim community and promoting greater engagement of Muslim professionals in public life.
A founder member and trustee of CC, one of the surviving veterans who has been the defacto trusted 'Gatekeeper' for CC being the first port of call for media, government, and members of the public. She has networked, represented, defended, apologised and generally mothered the roost with sensibility and grace, and we are very sad to see her go as a result of her move to Singapore. Andleen shall remain 'plugged in' as trustee and we are sure a few thousand miles will not keep her from the CC family.
We welcome the following new additions:
Layla El-Wafi, a practicing solicitor in the City of London specialising infinance and infrastructure projects. She has previously worked with local and international NGOs with social and human rights interests in the USA, Middle East and England. She is Arab-American and has been living in London for seven years. Her focus within the City Circle is to strengthen ties with professionals in the City as well as organise events relating to the Arab world.
Dr Ameen Kamlana, a GP currently based in Surrey, with a special interest in Mental Health. In his free time he enjoys reading History and Popular Science. He also teaches Classical Arabic for a charitable organisation. He grew up in the Lake District and has been in the South East of England since 1999. Ameen has previously worked with local and international medical NGO's, and his focus within City Circle is to collaborate with NGO's in organising joint community events and also to contribute to Project Detox.
Farewell to Alyaa Ebbiary who has been instrumental in developing CC's outreach to the student community, her student led critique of the PREVENT strategy and we wish her all the best on her potential travels oversees.
The City Circle team looks forward to your continued support. It is only with your energy, engagement and advice that we continue to make City Circle a great plaform for discussion and an effective conduit for chanelling the capacity of Muslim professionals into projects that serve the community.
The City Circle