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A Rauf


Chief Officer & Lead Research & Innovation

Mr Rauf has qualified to Masters from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London and has a postgraduate Diploma in Public Health and a postgraduate award in “Managing People in Health Services” from the University of Warwick. Recently, he has completed his M.A. Religious Studies from the University of Chester.

He started out in the third sector organisations at a grass root level and later occupied key positions in the voluntary organisations. He has worked in research and evaluation projects for various Universities including De Montfort University, University of Warwick, University of Edinburgh, Sheffield Hallam University, and the University of Manchester. Due to his contributions in health promotion and public health, he was awarded the Fellowship of Royal Society of Public Health. He has a vast experience in managing and successfully delivering projects in the third sector in health, social care and wellbeing among minority ethnic communities.

His expertise is in developing innovative programs and adapting unique approaches in their delivery. He is a gifted “idea developer”.

Hanif Bobat, B.A.

Development & Volunteering

He is an experienced community development worker in health and social care for the past 20 years. His previous roles includes Policy Officer at Race and Health Forum. He was a Non-Exec director of Manchester PCT. He was advocacy worker for mental health service users group at AWAAZ Manchester. He is currently an executive member of BME Network and active participant in various citywide strategic events and forums. He represents EHF at GMCVO, MACC and other forums locally and nationally. He holds editorial board membership for Muslim Mental Health Journal.

Dr Razia Sultana, PhD

Lead Consultant, Research Capacity & Capability Programme (RCCP)

Dr Razia Sultana completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manchester. In her PhD, she investigated barriers and facilitators to help-seeking behaviours of British South Asian Women with lived experience domestic violence.

She completed BSc Psychology and two Masters in Clinical Psychology and Public Mental Health from the University of Dhaka and American International University, Bangladesh. She also completed postgraduation in Mental Health Service and Population Research from King's College London. She has more than seven years of job experience as a clinical psychologist, teaching staff and mental health specialist in various types of organizations, universities and hospitals.

Her special research interest lies in ethnic minority, health inequalities, domestic violence and abuse.

Dileep Kumar,


Health & Wellbeing Coordinator

I have an experience of working in public health programs for 14 years with multilevel experience in academia, development, and the corporate sector. I am a versatile, bilingual professional who has developed a solid reputation for successfully managing numerous multimillion-pound health projects to their completion. I have proven expertise and experience in program design, implementation, execution, budgeting, monitoring-evaluation, research planning, and grants management of health projects and programs. I am committed to helping communities in achieving good health and wellbeing particularly groups facing health inequalities.

Akhter Ali

Community Engagement & Outreach Officer

I am Akhter Ali, and has worked as a Journalist with the name Akhter Azabany. I am originally from Kurdistan, Iraq and I speak Kurdish (Sorani), Arabic and English languages. In the year 2000, I came to the UK and since then mostly I lived in the city of Manchester. Rusholme is my favourite place in Manchester because I spent my 13 years in this area.

I worked in different community organisations both as a volunteer and paid staff. Currently I am an outreach and advice worker at Ethnic Health Forum helping and supporting the minority ethnic communities in Manchester particularly among women from minority ethnic backgrounds.

Badr Abubakr, M.Sc.

Welfare Rights Advice Officer

I have done my masters from Salford University in Project Management. Previously I have an expereince of working for World Health Organisation in Kurdistan. Currently I am working in Community Support and Welfare Advice.

I am also a professional Kurdish / Arabic Interpreter, having an experience of working with asylum seekrs, refugees and other minority ethnic communities in social and helath care settings.

Nang Mo Hom, MPH

Research Assistant, Research Capacity & Capability Programme (RCCP)

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Mo is a medical doctor from Myanmar/Burma who holds a Master of Public Health from BRAC Universtiy, Bangladesh. For the past 15 years, she has worked mainly as a public health professional in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal. As a researcher, monitoring and evaluation officer, program manager and technical coordinator, Mo particularly focused on Reproductive Health, HIV/STI. Maternal and Child Health. Bringing in her vast experiences in managing qualitative research and public health programs for vulnerable populations and ethnic population living in remote areas of the countries. She is currently working as Research Assistant in our "Research Capacity and Capability Programme" and Officer responsible for "Pathway to Prosperity Plus project".

Jaweria Maqsood, B.A.

Family Support Officer, Happy Homes Project

Jaweria Maqsood covers a diverse range of roles, including being a passionate primary school teacher, a community project worker, a devoted mother to three wonderful children, and a loving caregiver for her parents. She did a degree in Childhood and Youth studies. Throughout her career, she actively engaged with various organisations, driven by a desire to make a positive impact on the community and dismantle barriers faced by individuals due to language, health inequalities and other similar limiting factors. At the core of her work lies a personal philosophy and deep passion for empowering women to become active citizens.

She strives to create a supportive environment where women can thrive. One quote that strongly resonates her is by Malcolm X: "To educate a man is to educate an individual, but to educate a woman is to educate a whole nation" According to Jaweria. "When I am not immersed in my professional pursuits, you will often find me curled up with a captivating book, exploring new destinations with my family, or enjoying quality time socialising with friends. I also cherish the comforts of home, making me a true "home bird".

Harun Khan, B.Sc. (Hons)

Development & Outreach

Mr Khan is a well-known local community personality engaged in the welfare of local BME communities. He is a voice of people from South Asian background particularly in the North Manchester. His expertise includes community outreach skills and activities. He enjoys socialising and meeting people.

Dilushi Jayawardana, M.Sc.

Mental Health & Research

I am Dilushi Jayawardana! I have a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of Sheffield and University of Bath. I am interested in everything Mental-Health related, and I am grateful for the privilege of being shown the backstage of people's lives.

I am a Mental Health Support Worker at EHF and I will provide support to the mental health project carried by the service. I will be developing client assessment questionnaires and help in the assessment of mental health difficulties displayed by service users. I will also be assisting the service with any research project that will be conducted in the future.

I am aspiring to become a Clinical Psychologist, and I am hopeful that my time at EHF will provide me with the right foundation to proceed in my career.