Project Coordinator (NLHF)

Maruf Ahmed, PhD

B. Pharm (Hons.) M. Pharm (Dhaka University) PhD (Japan)

Maruf is hardworking, sincere, organised, punctual and able to work independently or in a team, to meet the required goals. He has gained substantial knowledge, skills and experience over 15 years in teaching and conducting research at University, including various community initiative programmes. He also has experience in organising and leading successful community development programmes.


For example, after the completion of his Master's degree in Pharmaceutical Science, he worked for a multinational pharmaceutical company Ciba-Geigy as a Quality Control Officer. Over the year, he developed and implemented various projects. Later on, he joined one of the renowned Universities of Bangladesh as a Lecturer and was soon promoted to become a Head of the Pharmacy Department for 15 years. During this period, he also served as the Chairman of the Department for 3 years.


During his University teaching career, he was involved in the organisation, planning, development, budgeting and negotiation of several projects. In 2001, Maruf started a PhD at a University in Japan, graduating as a Doctor of Philosophy in 2005. As a Chairman of the Department in the University, he managed a huge Budget, Human Resources, Equipment and Curriculum of the Department in the University. Maruf then left Bangladesh and moved to England with his family, working as a Post Doctorate Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton.


Maruf joined New Hope in January 2016 to develop his career within the third sector. The skills and knowledge in project planning, organising and administration, that he has gained in his academic career, makes him suited for the role of community development officer with New Hope. 


Project Coordinator (NLCF)

Juma Begum

Juma is a capable and dynamic team leader, who strives for excellent track record to project development and implementation in every aspect of her long outstanding career.   Through hard work, commitment, punctuality, honesty, sincerity, trust and integrity she has gained adequate knowledge, skills and experience including exceptional communication and organisational progress throughout her professional progression in West Midlands.

Juma joined the New Hope Global in August 2020 as a Coordinator of "Championing a Stronger Community" project. Juma believes and trusts working in New Hope will bring out the opportunity to apply her previous skills and experience to make a difference in the local communities as well as in the multi-cultural society in Birmingham, including global arena.


Juma started her career in 1996 gaining substantial skills and ability to interpret economic, social and policy information for individuals and respected authorities, agencies, partners, and stakeholders.  She has worked with individuals and groups at grassroot level and also in the wider organisational context of committees, sub- committees and elected representatives locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.


She has undertaken various forms of in-house training including health and safety at workplace, Equal opportunities, recruitment and selection, staff development including Covid-19 procedures for the organisations.  She has ability to manage complex and matrix structure effectively, looking at the organisational structure development furthermore.


As the project coordinator, her role is to plan organise motivate staff evaluate direct control and lead the project from start to finish. She is keen to distinguish between needs and demand and considers the priority needs and capable of taking under pressure of workload and maintaining a warm personality and sense of humour.

Community Development Officer (NLCF)

Sultana Kudrati Khoda, PhD

BSc. (Agriculture) and MSc. (Plant Pathology) (BSMRAU, Bangladesh) MSc. and PhD. in Environment (Univ. of Brighton, UK)

Sultana is an Environmentalist who has a keen interest to work with the community to improve the environment for the betterment of the local people. She demonstrates a full understanding of environmental and water contamination, climate
change and environmental legislation, fused with an established record of academic achievement in environmental
assessment. Sultana thinks it is feasible at the community level to carry out a recycling programme, build a network of community gardens, raising awareness to reduce the pollution level and thereby making an environmentally sustainable community. 

Community Development Officer (NLCF)

Nawsher Ahmed Sikder 

BA (Honours) and MA in English (Dhaka University), MA Global Political Economy, City University London, UK

Nawsher is highly enthusiastic about teaching, keen to provide all students with a solid education. As a former University Lecturer of English Literature, he has the aptitude of bringing the classroom to life with real-world examples and innovative ideas. Moreover, he has proven ability for discovering students' varying learning styles and ensuring each student's unique academic needs are met.


Nawsher holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Later, he pursued another Masters in Global Political Economy in the City University London, UK. Currently he is a Post-Graduate Researcher in the School of Politics and International Relations of the University of Nottingham. He enjoys travelling, reading and watching movies.

Project Coordinator (CADENT FOUNDATION)

Maruf Ahmed Rabel

Mr Rabel is a pro-active, tenacious and resourceful individual who works effectively in a team but also autonomously when working towards achieving business objectives. He wants to utilise his transferable skills and make a social impact at a local level.

He acquired excellent people management skills and has a firm but democratic leadership to accomplish business objectives. He has line management experience and is competent with full recruitment cycle of volunteers, designing and delivering bespoke induction and training, supervising and coaching group of people and empowering them to work to their full potential whilst delivering quality service and dealt with conflicts sensitively. Mr Rabel is a lateral and strategic thinker who has over five years track record of consistently leading, delivering and evaluating pilot projects in line with contractual, funding outcomes. He has the ability to work with conflicting demands under pressure and prioritising tasks accordingly. Mr Rabel joined New Hope with a great intention to help community people who need help and support to develop their individual and social life.

Funding Bid Writer

Naeim Joya

MA International Relations (Globalisation & Governance), University of Birmingham; BSc (Hons) Politics & Sociology, Aston University

Naeim is currently working with New Hope as a Funding Bid Writer. He has got a master’s degree in International Relations (Globalisation & Governance) from the University of Birmingham. Also, he has got a bachelor’s degree in Politics and Sociology from Aston University, Birmingham. He has worked in different roles since his graduation, ranging from strategy development to customer service. He believes what New Hope is doing is very vital for disadvantaged ethnic minority groups which in turn would benefit the wider society. He has some good transferable skills and therefore he can make contributions to the organisation and that is why he joined the organisation.

Ex- Project Coordinator (NLCF)

Nabeel Ahmed Rahi


Nabeel is a capable and dynamic team player, who strives for excellence in every aspect of his life through hard work, commitment and integrity. He has gained exceptional communication and organisational skills throughout his professional experience in London and Birmingham.

He completed his MBA in Business Administration successfully from Sunderland University after attending the Edexcel advanced professional diploma in Management Studies from St. Patrick’s College, London.

Nabeel joined the New Hope Team on June 2019 as a Coordinator of "Championing a Stronger Community" project. Nabeel belives, working in New Hope will bring out the opportunity to apply his previous learnings and gain experience to make a difference in the local community as well as the multi-cultural society in Birmingham.

Volunteer Project Assistant

Md Royhan Bin Amir

Royhan is an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT Level 2) student at Solihull College & University Centre. He started as a Volunteer Project Assistant for National Lottery Heritage Fund project from August 2020. He is a passionate charity worker helping people in informing about a better lifestyle, the benefit of using technology and helping people to overcome their loneliness. He strives to make a positive impact on the society through helping the local community.

Ex-Volunteer Project Assistant

Andalah Adel

Andalah is an A level student at Joseph Chamberlain College, started as a project assistant volunteer from June 2019. She is passionate charity works such as informing people about a better lifestyle, the benefit of using technology and helping people to overcome their loneliness. she strives to make a positive impact on the society through helping the local community.

Ex- Volunteer Project Assistant

Felix Tombindo

BSocSci Social Anthropology (Great Zimbabwe), Master's in Sociology (Rhodes Uni), Master's in Social Research (UoB)

Felix is currently studying Ph.D. in Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Birmingham. He's passionate about asset-based community-driven development. He joined New Hope's 'Championing a Stronger Community' project in June 2019, as a volunteer to gain an understanding of the gap between development theory and practice -  applying what he has learned in the development theory while simultaneously learning from the project beneficiaries how the development process works in practice.


Bodrul Ahmed Chowdhury


Mr Badrul is a very active and passionate community development volunteer and community worker with many years of experience with Neighbourhood Office Birchfield & Newtown, Advice Centre at Fredrick Road, Birmingham, Birmingham Settlement and Bangladesh Multipurpose Centre.


He was responsible for large project management and financial resources. His role as a Volunteer included liaising with beneficiaries, capacity building, motivation and development for their requirement.  He has ample experience in managing people in both private and public sectors in his previous role as a Lawyer of his country of origin. He has ample experience in communicating with individuals and groups. He has an understanding of the key issues affecting the economic and social life of inner-city residents/organisations.  He has knowledge of various project budgets and accounts.

Ex-Volunteer Assistant

Deena Baskin

Deena recently joined New Hope Birmingham and has been heavily involved in the English Language teaching project. She is from America, and is studying for a Masters in Education at the University of Birmingham

Ex-Volunteer Project Assistant

James Ashley


James is a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham, where he gained a first class undergraduate Masters degree (MSci) in Human Biology. James has a passion for integrating people from different cultures, aiding community cohesion and for helping refugees. Through volunteering at Hew Hope, his passions can be realised through New Hope’s various projects such as Interfaith events, ArtInspire project and the English Learning course.

Ex-Volunteer Co-ordinator

Istvan Budinszki

Master's in Political Science, University of Miksolc and Master's in History, University of Debrecen

Istvan has over eight years' experience in the public sector on the field of EU co-financed rural, social, and cultural development projects in local and national context as well as the area of social tourism in Hungary. 


He is versed in handling all administrative tasks from grants announcement, evaluation to monitoring the use of support.


He is ready for change, keen to learn and improve skills in the UK.

Ex-Volunteer Project Assistant

Lucy Willis

Law LLB (1st year), University of Birmingham 

Lucy is a 1st year Law student at the University of Birmingham. She has a keen interest in contract and commercial law and works on bid-writing and fundraising at the charity. She is passionate about working with minority groups and young people for the betterment of the community.





Ex-Project Co-ordinator (Positive Steps)

Leonard Jesinghausen

BA (University of Durham)

Having recently graduated from the University of Durham with a Philosophy Bachelor's of Arts degree, Lenny is a hard-working individual looking for a new challenge at New Hope Birmingham. Taking a keen interest in bid-writing with the hope of moving into project coordination, the charity provides an outlet through which Lenny can do his bit in helping socio-economically disadvantaged beneficiaries in Birmingham’s inner-city.

Ex-Project Co-ordinator (Launching Youth into Workforce)

Ben Campbell

BA (University of Wolverhampton), MA (Aston University)

Ben has recently graduated from Aston University with a Masters degree in policy and social research. He is interested in socio-economic issues in and around Birmingham and hopes to become more familiar with these and what methods can be used to improve them. 

Ex-Volunteer Funding Bid Writer

John Litherland

Student at the University of Birmingham (MSc International Development)

John is a full-time Post-Grad student who has gained knowledge from his studies in bid-writing and proposals. He is keen to expand on this and apply it to the real world. Having graduated with a Batchelor's Degree in Geography from Coventry University, John also has experience in working on projects when spending time in West Africa. John is a reliable and hardworking individual and will do the best he can for New Hope.

Ex-Volunteer Funding Bid Writer

Liz Bull-Domican

Student at the University of Birmingham (BA Geography)

Liz recently joined New Hope in June of this year whilst also studying at the University of Birmingham. After graduating with a degree in BA Geography, she hopes to pursue a career closely related to International Development. In particular, she is interested in reducing urban inequality whilst retaining culture in order to benefit the local community. Liz hopes that the bid-writing role will improve her written communication skills further, in addition to learning more about the relationship between project funders and New Hope Birmingham as a grassroots organisation.

Ex-Volunteer Funding Bid Writer

Alex Smith

MSc in Economic Policy, University of Birmingham

Alex joined New Hope in May 2017. He is a creative and organised individual with strong analytical and problem-solving skills. He has three years’ experience as a business analyst at a global financial services firm working on business intelligence applications. Alex has a passion for community development and with that intention to help reduce the shortcomings in the members of the diverse communities of Birmingham, Alex joined NHB as a volunteer.

Ex-Volunteer Funding Bid Writer

Natasha Sutherland

MSci in Physics, University of Birmingham

Natasha is a student at the University of Birmingham, going into the final year of a Physics degree. She is a methodical worker and has a strong passion for helping people, both of which lend themselves well to the role of writing funding bids.

Ex-Volunteer Project Assistant

Durre Fatima Naqvi

MBBS (Ziauddin University, Karachi, Pakistan)

Fatima is a conscientious and passionate medical graduate, who wishes to apply her theoretical knowledge within a
dynamic research environment, enabling her to develop and utilise her practical, technical and interpersonal skills. She is keen to know the grassroots level in the city of Birmingham. She joined New Hope in August 2017. She is fluent in both Urdu and English which help her to communicate with the wider communities in the inner city of Birmingham. She is also very enthusiastic to learn how third sector operates in the UK.

Ex-Volunteer Fundraising Officer

Pablo Urech Bedoya

Master’s in International Cooperation (Ortega y Gasset research University) and Economics degree (Carlos III de Madrid University)

Pablo is a Spaniard with six years of experience in charities related work, having assumed responsibilities in projects in Spain, Honduras, Guatemala and Chile. His roles ranged from financial controller to budget planning, project writing and fundraising. He also worked for three years in Ernst&Young as an auditor in Spain and the UK.

He joined New Hope Birmingham offering his fundraising experience with the aim of boosting the integration of minorities in the city via enriching the intercultural exchange and enhancing XXI century skills.

Ex-Volunteer Fundraising Officer

Lydia John

BA (Sociology and Criminology) from University of Liverpool, MSc (International Development on Poverty, Inequality and Development) from University of Birmingham.

Having recently graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Masters in International Development (Poverty, Inequality and Development), Lydia is keen to expand her work experience in the development field. She is particularly excited about the prospect of being able to help minority and socio-economically disadvantaged communities within both Birmingham and abroad. 

Ex-Volunteer Project Assistant

Kristiana Černá

MSc in Development Management (Aid Management) from University of Birmingham, BSc in International Territorial Studies from Masaryk University

I am studying at the University of Birmingham. As a student, I wanted to gather further experience to meet with the people and know their culture and traditions. Working with New Hope gave me a chance to work with the members of the community and make a difference to the people around us. It also provided an opportunity to develop new skills and build on existing experience and knowledge. I found it both challenging and rewarding to work with the community.

Ex-Volunteer Fundraising Officer

Ajay Patel

MPharm (Pharmacy) from University of Brighton, Registered Pharmacist (GPhC)

Having graduated from the University of Brighton with an MPharm, Ajay worked as Pharmacist for quite a few years until he decided to gather some experience with the community work. He is keen to help minority and socio-economically disadvantaged communities within both Birmingham and abroad. As a volunteer at New Hope, he aims to use his skills gained in healthcare to make a difference to benefit local communities.

Ex-Volunteer Project Assistant

Bobbie Blair

BA (Philosophy & Politics, University of Southampton); PGCE (University of Southampton)

Bobbie is an ESOL tutor in the Aston and Sparkhill areas. She is a graduate of Philosophy and Politics and will be studying for a Masters in International Development in 2018. Bobbie joined New Hope with the intention of developing her skills in bid writing and community development to prepare her for a future career in international development.

Ex-Volunteer Fundraising Officer

Anton Binaoro

Student of BA (Hons) Criminology & Psychology, Coventry University

Anton is a Criminology and Psychology student at Coventry University. He is undertaking the role of
Volunteer Funding Bid writer and with his experience and knowledge in the funding sector, he hopes to contribute
to the marginalised communities that New Hope Birmingham services to.

Ex-Volunteer Project Assistant

Eniola Ajibola

B.A Philosophy (University of Lagos), Student of M.Sc Human Resource Management and Business (Aston Business School)

Eniola is passionate about helping individuals of low minority gain access to resources needed to thrive in the society. This is the reason for which she is volunteering with New Hope Birmingham as her way of giving back to the society in which she is studying. She thinks volunteering with New Hope Birmingham will also provide the opportunity for her to meet people of different nationality and worldview beyond her school environment. With her knowledge gained from her education and her work experience while working in Nigeria, Eniola hopes to make a meaningful impact during the course of her time in the UK.

Ex-Volunteer Project Assistant

Ruth Nkem Kanu

B.A English and Literature (University of Nigeria), Student of M.Sc Human Resource Management and Business (Aston Business School)

Ruth Kanu is volunteering as a Project Assistant for the 'Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Bangladeshi Food' project because she thinks she can contribute positively by creating and transferring her knowledge to many people. She also wishes to gain experience in planning events, delivering training and improving my communication skills. Ruth is particularly interested in meeting people from various ethnic backgrounds and in exchanging the knowledge about different cultures of the world.

Ex-Volunteer Fundraising Officer

Clinton Siniwa

ACCA (Affiliate) BSc Hons (Oxford Brookes University)

Clinton is an experienced management accountant with extensive knowledge of finance business partnering. Clinton is keen to mix his aptitude for finance and business with his passion for community development and cohesion to create a positive impact on communities in Birmingham and beyond. He is interested in developing his fundraising skills, knowledge and experience.

Ex-Volunteer Fundraising Officer

Shautik Nandy

Student of MEng Civil Engineering, Coventry University

Shautik joined New Hope Birmingham because this gives him a great opportunity to serve the community at large, giving back to that community after it had nurtured him and brought him up. At the same time, this experience will help him in further developing his verbal and written communication skills as well as his project and time management skills, which will help him in his future life and career.

Ex-Volunteer Project Assistant (Work placement)

Fahim Ahmed

Student of BSc (Hons.) Business Management and Public Policy, Aston University

Fahim is a 3rd-year Business Management and Public Policy student from Aston. He is currently doing his placement with us. In essence, Fahim believes that by working here he can make a significant difference to his local communities, thereby enabling him to achieve his aspiration of improving the lives of others.

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