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Zaimah appoints experienced Director of Fundraising

Zaimah is thrilled to confirm the appointment of Ridwana Wallace-Laher as its Director of Fundraising. The move is part of a wider restructuring and capability enhancement as the organisation has ambitious plans to grow from its humble beginnings.

Ridwana brings with her a decade of experience in the third sector having been involved with charitable organisations supporting disadvantaged communities worldwide having started her career as a secondary school teacher. This includes her recent role as Head of Fundraising at Penny Appeal, during which time she was instrumental in supporting the organisation raise £100 million over a 10-year period.

In her role, Ridwana will oversee all fundraising partnerships, major and corporate donors and as a member of the leadership team support the new 5-year strategy that seeks to ensure Zaimah has the best possible platform for future success.

Zaimah’s Chair of Trustees, Musaeen Qureshi said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be adding somebody of Ridwana’s experience to our team at Zaimah. Ridwana has worked in complex humanitarian and contexts on the frontline, most recently responding to the Beirut blast and managed a large fundraising portfolio. Her experience will be invaluable to Zaimah and the people we exist to support, as we strengthen our organisation in the UK and around the world. This is an exciting time and we are looking forward to the journey ahead.”

Ridwana Wallace-Laher said:

“I am so excited to be joining Zaimah at this important time for the organisation in its development. Zaimah has strong plans to establish itself as one of the leading British Muslim charities and I look forward to supporting needy communities worldwide. Over the years, I have had the privilege to see first-hand the impact the generosity of individual donors has on the lives of people in desperate need. We will be working hard to deliver results for people affected by disasters and those living in abject poverty and be a force for good”.

Ridwana’s tenure as Director of Fundraising starts on 02nd April 2021, and anyone seeking further information, an interview or a conversation with Ridwana can get in touch with Zaimah’s Press Office on 0300 365 7 786 or e-mail [email protected]

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