Youth Leadership Group


Commission_Logo.pngTo assist the Commissioners:

- by encouraging and contributing evidence from Muslim and other young people in the UK
- in understanding the pressures and dilemmas faced by those young people
- by making considered proposals for ideas and recommendations given their experience and networks
- by advising on the likely impact of their findings and recommendations on those communities
- by acting as a sounding board for ideas and recommendations of the Commission
- by committing to put into action the relevant recommendations of the report

The Youth Leadership Group is co-chaired by:

Charlotte Milner was raised in Yorkshire, moving to London aged 18 to study English at Queen Mary, University of London. Upon graduating, Charlotte spent two years working in Stepney as part of the Essential Programme, an initiative run by The Salvation Army to equip young leaders. She now works in a primary school as a Teaching Assistant, and spends her spare time volunteering at the youth club and getting involved in her local community. Charlotte is also a co-chair of the Youth Leadership Group for the Commission.  


Kawsar Zaman is a trainee solicitor at Clifford Chance LLP where he sits on the firms BME Steering Committee. He has volunteered for a number of charities and in 2015, awarded the Muslim News Malcolm X Young Person's Award for Excellence. As the first in his family to attend university, he graduated with a first in law from the LSE before reading for the BCL at Oxford University and the LLM at Harvard Law School as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2009, Kawsar was a Global Fellow of the Prime Minister and has worked at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, House of Commons and the Department for Education. He is currently a Governor at Morpeth Secondary School in Tower Hamlets and a Trustee of Toynbee Hall, an organisation working to address the causes of poverty and distress, with a special focus on the East End of London. 

The following individuals also sit on the Youth Leadership Group (in alphabetical order):

Usman Ali

Mehdi Al-Katib 

Alaa’ Al-Samarrai is a monitoring consultant for a political monitoring firm in central London. Previously she worked for the international humanitarian relief agency Islamic Relief Worldwide. She has also served as Vice President of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) in 2010-2012 during which she campaigned on Islamophobia, civil liberties and student welfare issues. Raised in Leeds, she completed her BA in International Relations at the University of Leeds, and MA in International Conflict Studies at King's College London.

Jessica Baker has been working with Citizens UK Birmingham for two years and has organised actions and events with them on multiple occasions. She’s involved through her synagogue where she teaches every Saturday. She also leads with LJY-Netzer, the Liberal Jewish youth movement. She is currently studying for her A levels in Religious Studies, Art and both English Literature and Language.

Daisy Bogod

Louiza Chekhar graduated from Oxford University in 2011, and has since built her career within the international humanitarian and development sector. Currently working as the MENA Regional Officer for a major British humanitarian organisation, she spent almost four years prior to this working at Islamic Relief UK. Louiza has been involved in a number of Muslim community and civil society initiatives, including the Oxford University Islamic Society, where she was General Secretary, and MADE in Europe, where she has volunteered for several years and provided guidance on social media. Louiza also participated in the Young Muslim Leadership Programme at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in 2013. She lives in West London and is currently studying part-time for an MSc in Development Studies alongside her full-time work.

Ian Cole is the Sports, Activities and Events Co-ordinator at SOAS University Student's Union, and is the former Vice President of Activities & Employability at London South Bank Students' Union. He represents and works with all the student activity groups to support them and help to create a community for the students at the University. He believes in inclusivity and participation to allow people to develop as individuals and benefit the community. 

Sahabi Choudhury

Mohammed Adel Chowdhury is currently an undergraduate studying International Relations at Loughborough University. He has a background in grass-roots community development and faith-based education. Growing up in Bristol, Mohammed became the first chair of a user-led BAME-focused youth organisation. This, under his stewardship became the largest of its kind in the country. Thereafter he went on to work with the local council advising on promoting youth engagement from those in typically disadvantaged backgrounds. Since then Mohammed has gone on to work with firms such as IBM and continued his third sector involvement with international relief charities and faith-based institutes in London before returning to complete his final year at university

Eleanor Frost

Daphne Giachero

Josie Hicklin is currently working for an international development charity whilst also doing the legal practice course with the intention to qualify as an immigration solicitor. She lives in Tower Hamlets, goes to St Paul’s Church in Shadwell, and is particularly interested in understanding how immigration, multiculturalism and interfaith relationships can benefit society.

Sukbir Kaur is a socialist, feminist, and grass roots activist. Since the age of 14, Sukbir has been involved with community organisations though volunteering, campaigning and raising awareness on pertinent issues. She likes to express her self creatively through spoken word poetry and was poet in residence for the West Yorkshire Police. Sukbir was born and bought up in Leeds and has a keen interest in ethnography. She is in the third year of a degree in international business and is passionate about social justice. She believes her purpose in life is to be a force for positive change.

Hamzah Lambat

Mohamed Mohamed is a poet, founder of the (un)Heard Words project, former Islamic Society President at the University of Exeter (2012-2014) and a football coach from London. A recent graduate and 2014 ‘Student Leader of the Year’ from the University of Exeter, Mohamed studied a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Exercise and Sports Sciences. Mohamed is an Alumni of the Young Muslim Leadership Programme (2013) at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and an Alumni of the Young Muslim Leaders Exchange Programme (2015) with the US Embassy of London.

Dr. Mohammed Mozaffari is a graduate of Leeds University, 2013, is a GDP Dentist working for {my}dentist Leeds. Co-Founder and Trustee of ‘Leeds Muslim Youth Group’, a dedicated Muslim youth group, created to support and educate the 12-17 age-range; specialising in youth trips, community projects and Muslim Youth education.

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