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 the Head Imam for Islamic Council of Victoria and member of the Board of Imams 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.
ghaith krayem – advisor
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.
MARYUM CHAUDHRY – PRESIDENT
Maryum Chaudhry has a deep passion for strengthening and working with communities.
She was previously a Commissioner for 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 and Executive Masters of Arts. She has worked in corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations for various sectors - taxation, multicultural affairs, youth engagement and education. Her professional development has involved Leadership Victoria (Williamson Community Development Program) and undertaking the Company Board of Directors course.
A few years ago, she had an opportunity to travel overseas and see first-hand young people from across the globe wanting to pursue Islamic knowledge. What clearly missing was the support mechanisms for them to do so. This experience led to her involvement establishing the Sanad Foundation.
turhan yolcu - VICE-PRESIDENT
Turhan Yolcu is a postgraduate student of philosophy at the University of Melbourne. His gained his undergraduate degree in commerce. His present research interests lie in epistemology and the philosophy of religion.
His academic studies are intended to augment his personal studies in Muslim thought. For over 12 years, he has studied and discussed the writings of the theologian and Quranic exegete, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. He will be a contributing author in a forthcoming volume on Nursi’s views regarding the createdness of the universe. He runs the bi-weekly 'Risale Roundtable' discussion circles, which focus on the strengthening of faith and the gaining of knowledge of Allah.
His professional background includes roles in various state and federal government organisations, as well as the private sector. He currently resides with his wife and two boys in Melbourne's inner west.
salma osman – SECRETARY
Salma Osman is a life long learner. She has completed undergraduate degrees in Journalism and International Relations, and postgraduate studies in Urban Development and Design, and Art and Community Engagement.
Originally from the Sunshine State, Salma has long been active in the Muslim community in Brisbane, and currently resides in Melbourne.
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 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 logic and critical thinking for children.
omar HAniffa - EXECUTIVE MEMBER
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Omar Haniffa completed his Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice at La Trobe University. He currently works as a youth Drug and Alcohol Clinician in the City of Dandenong. Omar has been involved with a various Muslim organisations and has assisted in organising and promoting Muslim youth camps, community events and educational programs.
In his personal time Omar is learning the ropes of fatherhood. He is also passionate yet amateur in the fields of archery and horses.