The members of our Advisory Board are eminent leaders of the civil society who provide intellectual support to the Foundation and share their valuable expertise in organizational development voluntarily.
Lord Syed Kamall
Lord Syed Kamall became a member of the UK House of Lords (upper chamber) in 2021 and was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Technology, Innovation and Life Sciences at the Department of Health and Social Care in September 2021. From 2005 to 2019, he was a member of the European Parliament (MEP) and from 2014-19 was leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, one of the largest pan-European political groups. He is also a Professor of Politics and International Relations at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Lord Kamall is passionate about community-led non-state solutions to tackling poverty. He has also spoken and written about tackling radicalisation in local communities. He was one of our founding members in Istanbul in 2011.
Dr. Atilla Yayla is a Turkish political scientist and a leading proponent of liberal democracy in Turkey. He is the founding member of Association for Liberal Thinking in Turkey. He is the author of more than 20 books. He is currently a professor of political science in Istanbul Medipol University.
Presently, ad hoc member judge Shariat Appellate Bench, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Muhammad Khalid Masud is the former chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Government of Pakistan; and former professor at the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He also served as academic director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in Modern World (ISIM) in Leiden University, The Netherlands. Dr. Masud has taught Islamic law at various universities in Pakistan, Nigeria, France, Malaysia, and The Netherlands, and has published extensively on Islamic Law and contemporary issues and trends in Muslim societies. He holds an M.A. in Islamic Studies from Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan; and a Ph.D. and M.A. in Islamic Studies from the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Mohammad Abul Ahrar Ramizpoor is the President of World Anti Extremism Netowk and a prominent Afghan freedom, peace and human rights activist who has served as lecturer at Kabul University, Sharia and Law faculties between 1991-2007 where he completed his BA studies on Islamic Jurisprudence and Law in 1990. Ramizpoor pursued his post graduate studies on Good Governance and Sharia in Birmingham University UK in 2005, International Human Rights Law at Nottingham University in 2010 and his MA degree on Gender and Women Studies from the Social Science Faculty of Kabul University in 2018.
Since several years, Ramizpoor has been engaged on teaching, researching, and advocating activities on promotion of free society values, such as market economy, human rights, peace, good governance, rule of law and solidarity in national, regional and global levels. His written book on Human Rights (Selected Documents of International Human Rights Instruments) which was published by FNF Germany in 2001 played a significant role on the enhancement of human rights studies in Afghanistan. He is one of the authors of the first Afghan Legal Glossary that was published by USAID in 2009 and has been using as academic legal reference for law enforcement and judiciary employees in Afghanistan
Mr. Ramizpoor has been closely engaged on his collaborations with a number of national, regional and global organizations and think tanks on promotion of peace, freedom, human rights, and analytical thoughts on Islamic Law, free society values and market economy. He worked for more than 15 years as Senior Human Rights Officer at United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for peace and human rights and he is also a council member of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs where he was engaged and worked very hard for peace reconciliation of Afghanistan.