Dr Mohammed Ali OBE
Dr Mohammed Ali OBE is the Founder and Chief Executive of the QED Foundation. Dr Ali has worked in ethnic minority community development for over 35 years, in the UK and Europe.
He is a social entrepreneur, pioneering and developing new ways of addressing the social and economic challenges facing ethnic minority communities. He worked in newly-created roles with Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, Bradford Community Relations Council, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield City Council and Fullemploy, a London-based ethnic minority social and economic development agency, before setting up the QED Foundation in 1990. QED is a leading national charity which has directly supported 35,000 people and, indirectly, many more, by training and advising senior managers in the public, private and the third sectors in recruiting, retaining and developing an ethnically-diverse workforce.
In three decades he has served on numerous public, private and voluntary sector boards and committees, including for the NHS, Home Office, DWP, IOD, EU, ACEVO, Bradford University and York St John University. He is chairman of the Poverty Alleviation Scholarships Foundation and the Network of Pakistani Voluntary Organisations (UK). He has won many accolades for his work including an honorary doctorate from the University of Bradford in 1997 and the OBE in 2001.
Adeeba Malik CBE
Adeeba Malik is the Deputy Chief Executive of QED. Born in Bradford to immigrant parents, she has been with the organisation for 28 years. Previously she was a teacher in Hull and Bradford.
In addition to her role at QED, she has held numerous roles on various boards in Bradford, Yorkshire, and nationally. These include Yorkshire Forward, Spirit of Bradford, Northern Ballet, British Waterways, Women and Work Commission, Lapage Primary School, National Ethnic Minority Business Forum, National Clinical Assessment Authority, The Waterways Trust, Sheffield Hallam University, Green Deal Advisory Board and the National Muslim Women’s Advisory Board. Currently she is on the board of the Race Disparity Audit Advisory Group at the Cabinet Office, Trustee of Carers Resource, Trustee of Poverty Alleviation Scholarships, Co- Chair of Hollyns Wellbeing Patient Group, Member of the State Honours Committee and Member of Nurture Academies Trust. Adeeba has won many accolades for her work over the years. She was awarded the MBE in 2004 and the CBE in 2015.