A cohesive equitable society that empowers Muslim women to have a compelling voice contributing to positive outcomes for all.
Biographies of Committee Members
Chair & Founder – Nuzha Ali
Nuzha is passionate about developing cohesive communities, where women represent a strong voice. She founded MWM in 2014 committed to empowering and supporting community resilience, through the capabilities of Muslim women.
She leads a national portfolio for Government with an aim of making the public healthier and reducing inequalities across the population by promoting healthier lifestyles. Her work was awarded a civil service Outstanding Achievement Award for Diversity and Inclusion this year.
A clinician with twenty five years of health management and academic experience at local, national and international levels coupled with Masters qualifications in Public Health and Management.
Vice Chair – Dr Emma Wiley
Emma graduated in medicine from the University of Cambridge in 2007, obtained a Masters in Clinical Microbiology in 2012 and works as a senior microbiology registrar and researcher.Special interests include medical education, medical IT and infection control.
Emma sits on the General Medical Council BME forum and executive committee of the British Islamic Medical Association and is founder and lead of 2 national projects.
Emma is a founding member of MWM, joining in 2015 in order to give muslim women in Merton a voice, inspire positive community action and challenge societal views on muslim women and their capabilities.
Treasurer/Project Lead – Sabah Sufi
Sabah joined MWM in June 2016. She is passionate about positively impacting society and changing the stereotype image of the Muslim woman. She believes that MWM fulfils that role in the community by actively contributing through local events. Her role involves coordinating various projects, securing sponsorship and website development.
A Business and Finance graduate; an avid cook, inspired silk painter, Sabah also volunteers and runs fundraising campaigns for a number of charities.
Sabah considers MWM to be a versatile platform for sharing knowledge and believes
that being active in the wider community she can live by “ do what you love and love what you do” ethos.
Babera has been a member since March 2017 and her background is
teaching at the primary school level.
She enjoys contributing to community projects that MWM has been involved in, such as the Your Health Matters event and International Women’s Day.
Babera’s role with MWM initially began as a volunteer and has now progressed to working in the Committee to help maintain volunteer data and arrange volunteer get togethers…events and coffee mornings!
Fundraising Officer – Saira Mirza
Having completed a degree in Business and Finance, Saira moved to Doha, Qatar to work in project management for a large corporate company. She is now back in the UK, working in Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity and Inclusion.
Saira is currently volunteering for several projects including being a mentor for disadvantaged children and for a charity helping refugees. Saira has recently re-joined MWM, after a break to complete her Masters. She is looking forward to being part of an inspirational team of Muslim women that seek to engage with and empower communities.
Secretary – Ayesha Ahmed
Ayesha has studied medicine and public health, and moved to the UK from Pakistan. She enjoys community work, particularly contributing to faith based activities for children, including her own. After a career break she is now studying for a research degree in epidemiology. In her spare time she loves to read. Ayesha believes that Muslim women carry and fulfil a number of different, special responsibilities through out their lives. And can offer so much to today’s multicultural society. She joined MWM as a volunteer to help realise this shared vision of making local Muslim women feel supported and empowered, to continue to make positive contributions to their homes, their workplaces and their communities.
Project Co-ordinator – Aziza Dar