Meet Our Team

People. Women and men. From different corners of the world: Egypt, Gambia, Libya Pakistan and Scotland.

We are delighted to announce our team! The two new vacancies at the start of the 2019-2020 year have now been filled and we're joined by a volunteer communications expert!


We are looking forward to achieving amazing things together at the Olive Tree Madrasah. Read the bios of each member below.

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Dr. Yahya Barry, Director

Senior visiting researcher at the University of Copenhagen. BA Theology from the Islamic University of Madinah. MAs in Religion and Peace & Conflict from the Universities of Uppsala and Copenhagen. PhD at the University of Edinburgh. 

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Sh. Abdusalam Yehmed, Head of Qur'an Studies

He is a Hafidh of the Qur'an and Imam at Balgreen Mosque. He holds an MSc in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from Heriot Watt University where he is also pursuing a PhD. 

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Suzanne Chalmers,

Counsellor

A qualified counsellor and member of COSCA. MSc candidate in Person-Centred Practice (Mental Health and Wellbeing) at Queen Margaret University.  

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Hamza Hussain,

Communication

Hamza is our Communications & Media Assistant. He is a Graphics Designer and Web Developer by training at Edinburgh College

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Kholoud Htewash,

Volunteer Consultant

Creative Designer and Audio-Visual editor, with a background in marketing and communications. Educated at the University of Abertay, Dundee.