Our team is made up of people who believe bringing Zakat to life in the UK as a catalyst for helping individual Muslims and building a thriving, closer community, right where we live. Our approach is single-minded: to make sure every aspect of the Zakat process is monitored and constantly improved.

From helping givers to calculate their Zakat to collecting funds securely to distributing them in a transparent, responsible and effective way, our team is focused on bringing the true potential of Zakat to life in the UK.

Our CEO.

Iqbal Nasim


As CEO, Iqbal has led National Zakat Foundation since it launched in 2011. Before joining NZF, he worked in investment banking in London for over five years as an equity research analyst. He holds an MA in Economics and Management from Cambridge University, where he was President of the Islamic Society. He also holds an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School. Iqbal has seen the transformational potential of Zakat when it’s properly institutionalised. He has spoken extensively about Zakat and NZF across the UK and presented to international audiences, notably at the Global Donors Forum, convened by the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, and the World Islamic Economic Forum.

Our Senior Team.

Lucy Bushill-Matthews


Lucy is Director of Operations responsible for Governance and Finance at NZF, supporting the Chief Executive and the Trustees. Before that, Lucy has spent 10 years in International Development in strategy, programmes and marketing, has 10 years of experience as an analyst and economist within major multinational corporations and has been Deputy Chair of Trustees of Linkable, a UK charity. She is author of the book ‘Welcome to Islam: A Convert’s Tale’, has given two TedX talks on faith and has been a regular columnist in lifestyle magazine Emel. Lucy holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MSc in Health Economics (Distinction). Lucy is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA).

Rizwan Yusoof


Rizwan is Director of Service Development and is responsible for the design and development of NZF’s services to Zakat payers and beneficiaries. This includes creating the systems and processes to constantly increase the efficiency, scalability and impact of NZF’s grantmaking programme, as well as enhancing its services to payers to offer greater control, traceability and connection to their payments. Before NZF, Rizwan gained several years of experience in delivering programmes to empower disadvantaged communities through education and skills, in the private, public and social sectors. Having gained a bachelor’s degree in computing from Oxford Brookes University and a PGDip in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment, Rizwan is now pursuing the MSc at Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness.

Our trustees.

Azim Kidwai (Chair)


Azim Kidwai is the CEO of Mercy Mission UK. He joined Mercy Mission in 2009 as the Chief Executive and has led its growth from a new community organisation to an international incubator. He’s overseen the launch of Ramadan TV, National Zakat Foundation, and Charity Right and is now leading the Muslim Foster Project. He also serves as a board member on several UK registered charities and is a special advisor on Islamic philanthropy to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

Sultan Choudhury


Sultan is the former CEO and Director of Al Rayan Bank. He has over 20 years’ professional and financial services experience in the UK, and is a member of various Community and Government advisory groups. He has also contributed significantly to developing Islamic Financial Services in the UK.

Sultan was a founding member of UKIFS (UK Islamic Finance Secretariat), a body promoting the UK Islamic Finance industry. He previously held roles at Charles Schwab Europe, Barclays Private Bank and Deloitte. Sultan holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and Econometrics and an MBA.

Sabah Gilani


Sabah Gilani is CEO of Better Community Business Network (BCBN), a Muslim-led charity set up to identify difficult social causes and worthwhile community projects in the UK. BCBN provides grants and supports the work of grassroots community organisations and charities working in deprived communities. Sabah commissions research for a more targeted and effective, evidence-based approach, working with academic institutions, researchers, think tanks and government departments. BCBN has received many endorsements including from HRH Prince of Wales, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Vanessa Redgrave CBE. Sabah also brings a wealth of experience in event management, organising many large-scale charitable events and hosting lifestyle shows and entrepreneurial programmes. She’s a great supporter women’s networks and hosts Muslim women empowerment programmes and support groups. Sabah has an MA in Politics and Media from the School of Oriental and African Studies and has completed national and international leadership programmes including the Cambridge Senior Faith Leadership Programme.

Tariq Surty


Tariq has over 20 years’ experience in the information and media sector, helping organisations to define and achieve management best practices to help organisations to better understand and achieve their core objectives. Over the years, Tariq has brought his invaluable private sector experience into the third sector helping organisations to be more effective.

Muhammed Yesilhark


Muhammed is an investor and philanthropist. He is currently the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Q2Q Capital, a Dubai-based investment firm. Muhammed was Head of European Equities at Carmignac, one of Europe’s leading asset managers, and before that was an analyst, trained in corporate finance and equity capital markets. He studied Finance and Management at the European School of Business and attained a first-class honours degree jointly from Reutlingen University of Applied Science and Lancaster University.

Helping you bring Zakat
to life where you live.



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