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.

Rodiya Yusuf

Chair (On a break)

Through the work of KLN, she hopes to broaden her skills, connect with and increase her exposure to the national and global community.

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.

Dr Fasiha Subhan


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.

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.