Sanad Board Biographies
The Foundation is comprised of the following members:
SHAYKH ABDINUR WELI – RELIGIOUS ADVISOR
Sh Abdinur Weli is the religious advisor of the Sanad Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Imams Victoria and Head Imam for Islamic Council of Victoria.
eugenia flynn – ADVISOR
Eugenia Flynn is a writer, arts worker and community organiser. She identifies as Aboriginal, Chinese and Muslim, working within multiple communities to create change through art, literature, and community development. With over ten years’ experience in community arts and cultural development, Eugenia has worked with Kurruru Youth Performing Arts, the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, RISE Refugees Survivors & Ex-Detainees, and Blak Dot Gallery. Currently, Eugenia is Executive Officer of The Social Studio, a social enterprise that uses fashion and hospitality as a vehicle to improving the lives of young Australians who come from refugee or migrant backgrounds.
MARYUM CHAUDHRY – PRESIDENT
Maryum Chaudhry has a deep passion for strengthening and working with communities.
She was previously a Commissioner at the Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Vice-President of Islamic Council of Victoria and CARE With ME (foster care). She is currently a board member on the Women’s Legal Service of Victoria.
She has studied Bachelor of Business, Executive Masters of Arts, and worked for corporate, government and not-for-profit organizations in various fields. Her professional development has involved Leadership Victoria (Williamson Community Development Program) and undertaking the Company Board of Directors course.
Two years ago, she had an opportunity to travel to overseas and saw first-hand young people from across the globe wanting to pursue Islamic knowledge. What clearly was missing was the support mechanisms for them to do so. This experience led to her involvement with the establishment of the Sanad Foundation.
GHAITH KRAYEM - VICE-PRESIDENT
In addition to his involvement with Sanad, Br Ghaith Krayem is currently President of The Light Foundation, a Director of MCCA and was a former President of the Islamic Council of Victoria. Br Ghaith is active across many parts of our community but is particularly passionate about mentoring and guiding young leaders.
In addition to his advocacy work Br Ghaith also teaches Islamic Studies for adults at a weekend Madrash established by The Light Foundation. Professionally, Br Ghaith has spent 2 decades in corporate life and now has his own Management Consulting practice, Hikmah Consulting.
SUMAIYA MUYEEN – SECRETARY
Sumaiya Muyeen completed her Masters of Social Work at The University of Melbourne in 2014. She has since worked, for the most part, in community development, research and policy contexts. She is currently a researcher at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Parkville, on two major NHMRC-funded studies – both of which are concerned with health and social issues facing Melbourne’s refugee and asylum seeker populations – whilst also working with the Murray Lower Darling Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) on an Aboriginal Waterways Assessment project.
On a personal level, over the last two years she has been working to support asylum seeker families both at MITA (Broadmeadows Detention Centre) and in community detention. She is currently pursuing language studies in Classical Arabic and is founder of the upcoming Kindred Book Collective. She has previously sat on the Famsy Board and the ICV Office for Youth board.
ALI CHAUDHRY – TREASURER
Ali Chaudhry has completed his Bachelor in Commerce majoring in Accounting and Information systems. He has been working in the professional service industry as a consultant and manager, for the past 13 years implementing financial systems for Medium to Enterprise level customers. During this time he has completed his Chartered Accountant (CA) program.
RAMZI ELSAYED - EXECUTIVE MEMBER [FUNRDRAISING & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT]
Ramzi has been active in the Muslim community for more than 30 years.
He has held a variety of honorarium positions including president, vice president on the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) for nearly 8 years. He is currently the serving treasurer of ICV.
He has extensive experience working with young people having been a member of Young Muslims of Australia for more than 15 years.
He is an accredited Muslim hospital and prison chaplain.
Ramzi is a certified practising accountant (CPA) and a self-employed businessman. He has been married for 27 years and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
SHABEER ZACKY - EXECUTIVE MEMBER
Shabeer Zacky has completed degrees in philosophy and education and is currently completing his honours in philosophy at the University of Melbourne. His philosophy education consisted of studies in religion, logic, metaphysics, ethics, social and political philosophy, and mathematics.
His past research in the field of education focused on both the theory and practical implementation of philosophy in the primary and secondary school classroom, and developing a logic and critical thinking course for children. Islamic philosophers such as Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas, Malek Bennabi and Muhammad Iqbal are some of the key sources from which he draws from in envisioning his projects.
These two areas of thought coalesce in his work with the Sanad Foundation.