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 was 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, including that of the famous poet, Jalal al-Din Rumi.
Dr. Afifi al-Akiti, MA DPhil (Oxon)
Dr. Afifi al-Akiti is a 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 a historian at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford. He has written and lectured on the history and philosophy of Islamic education, alongside work on the history of Muslim jurisprudence. He serves as the managing director of the Trust.
Finance Manager: Neamul Mohsin
Neamul Mohsin has over twelve years' experience in financial services with global institutions and currently works in the field of investment management.
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.
Operations Manager: Caroline O’Connor
Caroline O’Connor is a qualified and experienced primary teacher, with an MSc in Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise. She has been involved in establishing numerous projects in Oxford and serves on the governing body of a number of schools in South East England. Caroline is also the founder of a successful homeschooling collective in Oxford.