Abdul Sahib Shakiry is Founder, Trustee and Chairman of Shakiry Charity for Social Solidarity (SCSS)
As an industrialist, he established over 12 companies in Iraq and around the world. He is an innovative man who established the concept (and registered the patent in UK and Europe) of creating “instant” bespoke shoes, customized to reflect client desires, incorporating the perfect design, size and fit. Over the years, he has written many technical articles which have been published in our magazines, and republished internationally. These magazines have been an inspiration to others worldwide. As a publisher he published the following:
- Al-Hida trade & technical magazines for the leather and shoe industries.
- Al-Rida trade & technical magazines for the clothing and textile industries.
- Islamic Tourism Magazines in five languages, Arabic / English, Arabic / French, Arabic / German and Arabic / Spanish which gives tourism with the vision of humanitarian, cultural and Islamic principles.
- Al-Bir al-Ihsan Magazines – a magazine for Iraqi Charities Forum
- Financial Worship in Islam – in Arabic
- Humanitarian Jihad in Islam – in Arabic
- Arabic Numerals – in Arabic & English
- Tourism Prospects – in Arabic & English
- Islamic Tourism Prospects for World Peace – In Arabic
- Islamic Tourism Prospects for World Peace – In English
- Industrial Prospects – in Arabic
He owes his success in business and life to his sound ethics. His business ethos has always been based on integrity, honesty, trust, and recognition and support of colleagues. His knowledge and experience in modern technologies, particularly in communications, is commendable. This is apparent in the bespoke Shakiry Charity website and programmes which he developed, together with the IT team, and which transparently showcases the day to day activities and programmes of the charity for the benefit of donors, beneficiaries and public, in general.
He observes and keeps abreast of changes and new developments within the Third Sector, and is a keen supporter of other charities, acknowledging their diversity and successes
Sahib personally finances the administration costs of the charity, and in so doing, we can proudly state that 100% of all donations received by Shakiry Charity reach the intended beneficiaries.
To date Sahib’s family has donated over £978,491 to Shakiry Charity for Social Solidarity.
Kamil Sharifi is Trustee and Vice Chairman of Shakiry Charity. His professional qualifications comprise BSc Mech. Eng. (University of Al-Mustansiriah Baghdad 1971) and MSc Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (UMIST-UK 1976). During his long and outstanding working career In Iraq, he gained vast experience working as Chief Engineer in different departments of the Ministry of Oil. He is accredited with the construction of oil refineries and oil storage tanks in Iraq. Kamil brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Charity.
Kamil is co- Founder of Shakiry Charity (originally Iraqi NGO Forum) along with Mr Abdul Sahib Shakiry. Kamil was the key person instrumental in setting up the charity, ensuring compliance and registration with governing bodies such Companies House, Charity Commission, HMRC, Barclays Bank etc. This was in addition to his role as Charity Secretary, responsible for ensuring meetings were effectively organised and minuted, and effective records and administration maintained.
People know Kamil as the face of the charity as he has been involved in all aspects of the charity such as fundraising, public relations, governance, volunteering matters etc. Kamil has been a relentless volunteer at Shakiry Charity since 2005.
Pamela Adams is a volunteer at our Charity, and our current Charity Secretary. As Charity Secretary she is responsible for ensuring meetings are effectively organised and minuted, maintaining effective records and administration, and upholding the legal requirements of governing documents, charity law, company law etc (where relevant).
Pamela is also responsible for managing the day to day administration duties in the charity office, ensuring the general smooth running of the organisation. She is also involved in recruitment and induction of new volunteers, and from time to time, provides support to the fundraising department.
Shafiul Azam is Finance Manager of Shakiry Charity. It is his responsibility to manage and report to the Trustees monthly incoming and outgoing accounts of Shakiry Charity. His role involves preparation of the yearly financial statements, forecasts, budgets and balance sheet reconciliations. He is responsible to ensure that the Charity’s financial policies and procedures are met at all times.
Other responsibilities include Gift Aid administration, Payroll and Purchasing management. He is the delegated contact for the Charity with HMRC concerning Gift Aid, PAYE, Pensions and statutory reporting.
With his legal background he provides in-house legal advice and assistance, in matters concerning contractual agreements, employments contracts, policy changes, changes in legislation and compliance within the legal framework of the charity.
Layla Bati is Media Coordinator at Shakiry Charity. This involves a variety of tasks such as making the Website appealing, writing and updating the latest news reports from London office, as well as news related to the 5 Centres in Iraq, and working in the media marketing sector to promote recognition of the charity and fundraising.
Layla’s comes from a Journalism background. Her experience dates back to the 1980s during which time she worked in several countries such as Kuwait, Iraq and Sweden.
It brings her much joy and satisfaction to know that through her work and experience she is able to bring happiness and justice to neglected and abandoned families, especially orphans in Iraq.
Anam Homady brings to the charity her engineering experience, focus and attention to detail. She is responsible for maintaining the Arabic administration records and tasks at the charity office.
Her work also involves the challenging responsibility of distributing and gathering in donation boxes from the many shops supporting Shakiry Charity, as well as negotiating new outlets. Once back in the office, it is her job to count and bag the donations ready to be deposited in the bank, followed by the issue of receipts of thanks and appreciation.
Howard Myers is one of the longest serving volunteers at Shakiry Charity, having joined the charity in 2007. Howard brought to the charity his vast experience in computer programming. Initially he volunteered in our Admin department, establishing an efficient archiving and filing system for internal documentation. Following this, Howard was involved in researching news items from the web relevant to our charity’s activities and website development.
Howard was also responsible for the in enviable task of counting and record keeping of money collected in donation boxes. He now works alongside our finance manager, and is still involved in recording and maintaining donation records via Excel.