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 MEND (Muslim engagement and development) 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 5 offices nationally. 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 EU’s Parliament magazine commended MEND.
Source of Influence: Social Issues
Status: Featured in current year