We have had some incredible people join our mission, here are some of their stories:
Intissar Kherigi was involved in the Student Affairs department of FOSIS in the 2000s. She is a co-founder of the Jasmine Foundation, a ‘think and do tank’ in Tunisia specializing in citizen participation in decision-making and youth empowerment, and the application of social science research to create innovative social solutions. . She holds a BA in Law from Kings College, Cambridge and a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a qualified solicitor and has worked in the UK House of Lords, the United Nations and the European Parliament. She has worked as a researcher at the House of Lords in London, the UN Security Council in New York, and the European parliament in Brussels, and is currently a PhD student in Comparative Political Sociology at Sciences Po in Paris. Her academic research focuses on decentralisation, regional inequality and local governance reforms in post-revolution Tunisia.
Bashir was an advocate for fundraising as a means to restore humanity to the world. His vision inspired others to ignite change in their communities and globally. In 2015 aged just 26, when he was serving as FOSIS President, he tragically died in a drowning incident. Thousands of people attended his funeral from all over the UK. Before he passed away, Bashir had pledged to raise £165,000 for Penny Appeal to build 50 wells, providing clean water to tens of thousands of people across East Africa. FOSIS continues to honour him through the annual Bashir Osman Legacy Award, given to FOSIS alumni who give outstanding service to the organisation.
Ajmal is an imam, broadcaster and politician but is probably best known for being a television presenter on political discussions and on Muslim channels. In 2014, he was recognised in the Muslim 500 as one of the most influential Muslims in the world today. He is the co-founder of the Barefoot Institute for Muslim relationships. As part of his passion in community work; he has been involved in community development and cohesion work as well as capacity building programmes. In addition to being a public speaker; he is active on social media and expresses his ideas on various topics in articles, books and media platforms. He was part of the FOSIS family in the 1980s.
Othman Moqbel served as FOSIS president between 2001-2004. He is currently CEO of Syria Relief, the largest Syria-focused NGO in the UK. Formerly, he was CEO of Human Appeal from 2010 to 2018, Under his leadership, Human Appeal became one of the fastest growing charities in the United Kingdom. He is also treasurer and a trustee of the Muslim Charities Forum. Moqbel earned his BA and MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Jordan and holds a diploma in Muslim Chaplaincy from the Markfield Institute of Higher Education. He previously served as a Muslim faith adviser to the University of Nottingham. In 2017, Othman Moqbel was nominated for the BOND Humanitarian Award.
Abdullah Jibril Oyekan
Dr Oyekan was FOSIS general secretary in 1965 and President in 1967. He was chair of The Muslim Editorial board 1968-1970. A Ph.D holder in Chemical Engineering from the University of London, Dr. Oyekan’s civil service career took him to the Federal Ministries of Industries, Mining, Power and Steel, Education, Works and Housing, Petroleum Resources, as well Defence. He has served on the boards of several government and international organisations, including: the Federal Superphosphate Fertilizer Company; the National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria (NAFCON); the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI); the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN); the African Petroleum Producers Association (APPA); the World Petroleum Congress; the World Energy Conference and the West African Gas Pipeline Project.
He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of the Petroleum Training Institute, and a holder of the National Award of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR).
FOSIS alum from the 1970s, Salim T S Al-Hassani is President of the Foundation of Science, Technology and Civilisation (UK), an Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Professorial Fellow in Humanities at the university of Manchester. He was awarded Fellowship of the British Science Association for his work on the promotion of Science within Muslim culture.
He is also the Founder of the portal www.muslimheritage.com, has published numerous papers in international journals and books and is Editor of the book “1001 inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization”, which is published by National Geographic with a forward by HRH Prince Charles, which has been built into a global education initiative including a book, award winning film and teacher’s pack. He has received numerous international awards and was repeatedly mentioned amongst the world’s 500 most influential Muslims.