Sufyan Ismail is an award-winning Entrepreneur and Philanthropist whose enterprises have been featured in The Sunday Times Top 100 listings. Having retired from business in 2014, aged 38, he founded Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) to tackle Islamophobia. MEND engages in media monitoring, advocacy in Parliament, works with police forces, local councils and, most importantly, empowers grass-roots Muslim communities. Today, MEND employs dozens of staff members across offices nationally dedicated to protecting Islam and Muslims in the UK and internationally. Over 40,000 Muslims have sat through MEND’s Islamophobia presentations and around 3,500 people have been trained on its media/politics masterclasses. The World Economic Forum and the EU’s The Parliament magazine have commended MEND’s work.
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