BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Hafiz Dr Abdussamad Mulla
Chief Executive Officer
Dr Abdussamad Mulla became the Chief Executive Officer of Benefit Mankind in July 2020. Dr Mulla has over 17 years of experience in the humanitarian and public sector, leading on marketing and fundraising campaigns for a number of international development and humanitarian agencies. During these years, Dr Mulla has travelled extensively around the world raising awareness of major emergencies such as the East African famine, Indonesian earthquake/tsunami and the Syrian crisis to name a few.
Dr Mulla gained his PhD in 2018 from the University of Spain and another PhD in 2019 from the Business University of USA. Dr Mulla is renowned for his charitable work around the world and is well recognised in the humanitarian field. He also has a passion to help local projects in the United Kingdom; over the years his local work has also been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen.
Dr Mulla is also a Doctor of Letters, which is a rare academic title given to established and accomplished scholars and academics. Recipients of the D.Litt honour have all contributed to knowledge in humanities, published scholarly articles and journals and their original ideas have progressed human understanding in some profound way. Dr Mulla has also published his book ‘Road to Success’ which has been distributed across Sri Lanka in the English & Tamil Language.
Professionally, Dr Mulla has 17 years of senior management, leadership and training experience, having worked in various capacities within both government and the voluntary sector. Dr Mulla for over 7 years worked for the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) as a crisis loan decision maker providing high quality welfare service to the British community. Thereafter, for 9 years became a Country Director for a leading International aid relief organisation. He has been engaged in consultancy within the field of HR and strategy as well as delivering capacity building through leadership and management programmes to organisations of all size in various countries, particularly in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Rizwan Gharda has been involved in the charity sector for 12 years, leading on many different projects. During these years, he has travelled widely around the world ranging from Jordan, Greece to Sri Lanka raising awareness of their plight and assisting children in health and education. He has also project managed the As Suffa outreach project in Lancashire, which has helped thousands of locals in need.
Rizwan has also achieved a Diploma in Psychology, which has led to having a strong interest in the human mind and behaviour. This has helped Rizwan understand how people perceive the world around them and how they react to it, how they grow, learn and function in groups.
Rizwan currently works as a social worker for Bolton Council. His role is to work with young people and families to improve the quality of life. Rizwan supports young people on the streets and finds out what causes them to carry out anti-social behaviour and what measure we can put into place to prevent it from escalating. This ranges from workshops to participating in positive activities or arranging voluntary work.
As a trustee of Benefit Mankind, Rizwan wants to utilise his experiences to help young people and families around the world with daily challenges of life, by providing educational and medical support.
Talha Mulla undertook over 5 years of Islamic studies at Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda UK whilst also studying academic studies under some of the most influential scholars of the UK. Talha went on further to study IT Computing for 4 years achieving 2 IT Diplomas and currently works at a public high school as an IT Manager for over 7 years.
Talha has helped Benefit Mankind with much needed support during the floods and Covid19 relief efforts. He has over 10 year’s experience working in media, communications and marketing roles for international development and environmental charities. Talha has travelled to many countries to carry out aid relief work like Jordan, Sri Lanka, Greece and South Africa.
Talha has always been inspired to do charity work as he can use his skills and experience to engage, develop and support young people, especially in the education sector. Young people today face many new challenges and Talha wants to be able to support them with empowerment, education and life skills.
Other concerns for Talha globally are to develop and educate families who throughout life have not had the opportunity to do so, as a trustee of Benefit Mankind this vision will change lives of many families around the world.