Interim boss at international aid charity takes job on permanent basis

Muslim Aid’s interim chief executive has been handed the job permanently.

Kashif Shabir was appointed the charity’s interim chief executive in April 2020 and had previously been Muslim Aid’s director of transformation and strategy.

During this time he led the charity’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as carrying out an overhaul of its organisation.

He has previously held roles at Oxfam, British Red Cross and Mercy Mission.

“I am humbled and honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead Muslim Aid, a formidable institution within the Muslim community, said Shabir.

“The past few months and years have been challenging ones for both the Board and the amazing staff, both previous and current. They have continued to serve humanity despite the personal and professional difficulties of the pandemic.

“The dedication and perseverance of the team and our loyal supporters has made this decision an easy one, and I hope that I can do them and our beneficiaries around the world justice”.

Muslim Aid chair Iftikahar Awan added: ““We are very pleased to have Kashif join us as Muslim Aid’s CEO. Kashif stepped up to the Interim CEO role at a time when Covid-19 changed all our lives.

“Under those difficult circumstances, and with a dramatic change to the way we all had to work, Kashif was able to initiate our Transformation Programme, which he had helped develop, and make some very significant changes that were required to deal with a new reality that Muslim Aid and the charity sector as a whole is facing.

“Kashif brings with him significant experience and expertise that will ensure that Muslim Aid can become better and continue to serve millions of the world’s poorest people”.

Shabit took the CEO post on an interim basis last year following the departure of Jehangir Malik, who moved to the role of programme director at the British Red Cross/VCS Emergency Partnership.

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