The Wilaya Trust team brings together professionals with diverse yet complimentary backgrounds and skills, including scholars, academics, educationalists, entrepreneurs, project managers, health specialists, and technology experts.
Dr. Muhammad Isa Waley, MA (Cantab) PhD (London)
Dr. Muhammad Isa Waley is Lead Curator for Persian and Turkish Collections at the British Library, London (retired). He is a respected world specialist in manuscript studies, as well as the classical verse and prose literature of Islamic spirituality in Persian, Arabic, and Turkish. He has written, contributed to, or translated a number of publications in these fields. The subject of his Ph.D. thesis was the poetry of the famous mystical poet, Jalal al-Din Rumi.
Dr. Afifi al-Akiti, MA DPhil (Oxon)
Dr. Afifi al-Akiti is a theologian and philologist in both Islamic and Western traditions, and is the Islamic Centre Lecturer at the Faculty of Theology, and Lecturer in World Religions at Worcester College, University of Oxford. He research focuses on the philosophical writings of Ghazali.
Dr. Talal Al-Azem, MA DPhil (Oxon)
Dr. Talal Al-Azem is the Mohammed Noah Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford, where his research focuses on the pre-modern and early modern Islamic history. He has written and lectured on the history and philosophy of pre-modern Islamic education, alongside work on pre-modern Muslim jurisprudence.
Managing Director: Talal Al-Azem
Finance Manager: Neamul Mohsin
Neamul Mohsin is an associate director on the investment team for Oxford University’s £2bn endowment, where he helps manage a multi-asset class investment approach to investing and growing the endowment. Prior to this, he worked in a similar capacity at a $2bn family office in London and started his career in the corporate finance and consulting divisions of Arthur Andersen, Deloitte, and Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Project Manager: Shehzad Najib
Shehzad Najib is a co-founder of Kinteract, a company producing software applications which serve as real-time digital records for a child’s development in primary and secondary schools. He has over a decade of experience in the educational and financial sectors for companies such as Pearson’s and Barclays.
Project Manager: Claire El Mouden
Dr. Claire El Mouden is an evolutionary biologist and interdisciplinary researcher at the University of Oxford. The focus of her work is human sociality, and she is interested in the interface between biology and the social sciences. She studies the effect of leadership on social evolution, social learning, and how our environment affects the social behaviours we perform.