About us

Who are we

Shabaka is a UK based social enterprise facilitating diaspora engagement in development initiatives and humanitarian action with a focus on Africa and the Middle East. We conduct research and advocacy to amplify the voices of diasporas in different forums, and to support the localisation of development and humanitarian initiatives. Additionally, we provide consulting and pro-bono services in the areas of migration, human rights, protection, advocacy, research and training.

For further details please email us at info@shabaka.org

Meet the team

Bashàïr Ahmed is the Founder and Executive Director of Shabaka. She has over eighteen years of experience working in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East in a career spanning human rights, protection, diaspora and migration. Recently Bashàïr submitted her PhD thesis in migration studies at the University of Sussex titled ‘Reasons for Giving Back?: Motivations for Engaging in Transnational Political Activism by Adult Children of Migrants from the Horn of Africa’. Throughout her experience as an academic and practitioner, she has come to appreciate the importance of using evidence in programmatic interventions and policy. In particular, thinking ‘outside the box’ for innovative solutions that bring genuine change for people and systems.
Samah Ahmed is Shabaka’s Programme and Research Manager; she specialises in programme management and has a Master’s in Communication for Development. Samah leads on Shabaka’s research and programme management and is responsible for managing the delivery of Shabaka’s research projects. Working closely with the Executive Director, team members, and partners, Samah ensures that the research strategy delivers on our organisational objectives and builds compelling evidence of the potential impact of purposeful diaspora engagement and collaboration can brings to the development and humanitarian sector. Prior to joining Shabaka, Samah worked at several INGOs as programme manager, managing projects that focused on capacity strengthening, accountability, ICT4D and advocacy. 
Rania Amin is Shabaka’s Finance Officer with more than eighteen-year experience in Database Administration and Office Management. Concurrently, Rania works with the Scottish Refugee Council as a case worker supporting asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable adults. More recently, Rania has embarked on further studies and currently enrolled in an MSc in Data Science for Politics and Policymaking at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Rua Alsheikh is Shabaka’s research and communication officer with more than ten years of experience in qualitative research. Rua has a PhD in Sociology and Media studies from University of Bedfordshire with interests in Arab diaspora, integration, 2nd generation, 1st generation diaspora in host countries mainly the UK, Arab spring and social media. Rua currently works as a freelancer as a social media researcher at Zinc network in London. Rua joined Shabaka in 2019. Rua’s hobbies are music, walking and blogging.

We also work with a brilliant team of consultants on various projects.