Our Patrons

Yvonne Ridley


Born in a County Durham coal mining community in the north of England, Yvonne Ridley is proud of her working class roots which she says is part of her DNA.


Tayyaba Khan

Founder & Trustee

Tayyaba’s latest voluntary passion includes building up Khadija Leadership Network, and representing the European Muslim League as their New Zealand Ambassador for Peace.

Hisham Alasad

Interim Chair

Hisham's goal is to be able to advocate for human rights and empower the vulnerable in order to spread justice and equality across the unimaginable.

Rehan Badar


Rehan’s focus is to play his part in enhancing KLN’s recognition nationally and internationally, ultimately raising its profile with both the Muslim and wider community.

Masooma Mehdi


Masooma’s roots hail from Pakistan but she has lived in New Zealand for most of her life. As a hijabi in the West she understands the challenges, and instead of deterring her, have become her motivator to serve and mentor Muslim youth.

Dr Fasiha Subhan (On Leave Until July 2022)


Dr Fasiha is a consultant, mentor, analyst and a scholar with expertise in social-economic and environmental impact-oriented innovation and entrepreneurship practices, sustainability and strategic decision-making. 

Farhat Shaikh


Farhat has extensive background in the Social Services sector. She is passionate about supporting people to grow to their highest potential and has a key interest in strategic governance.

Our People

Farhana Bhamjee

Chief Operating Officer

Farhana joined Khadija Leadership Network in 2020 as a Business Development Manager and now holds the position of Chief Operating Officer. She can be contacted for any potential collaboration opportunities via farhana@khadijaleadershipnetwork.org.

Kanmani Bala

Executive Assistant

Kanmani is passionate about empowering migrant and ethnic communities. She has a background in funding and communications and is passionate about using her skills and expertise to support the migrant and ethnic communities of New Zealand.

Adnan Sharif


Adnan is skilled in photography, website design, social media management and event logistics. He hopes to utilise his skills to support the organisation and members of the community.

Maryam Ghoosi

Host | Revive

Maryam grew up in Canada and has lived in Auckland since 2019. She is a chiropractic intern and the host of Revive, the organisation’s Instagram live broadcasts with women around the world who are leading and making change.

Latifa Daud

Researcher & Writer | 'Our Hijrah' Project Team

Latifa Daud is a Gujarati-Muslim and was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

Ayesha Asif

Interviewer & Researcher | 'Our Hijrah' Project Team

She completed her postgraduate studies in communication from Auckland University of Technology and won the Global Communication Project award in 2018.

Dr. Sabina Rehman

Researcher | 'Our Hijrah' Project Team

Dr Rahman is a teacher, writer, researcher and educator, specialising in comparative literatures and language study.