Islamic Relief Worldwide chief to step down for health reasons after 27 years with the charity

Naser Haghamed rose through the ranks to become chief executive in 2016

Naser Haghamed
Naser Haghamed

Islamic Relief Worldwide has announced that its CEO is to step down for health reasons.

Naser Haghamed has been with the charity for 27 years. He joined as an IT manager before rising through the ranks to become IRW’s chief executive in April 2016.

He will step down at the end of January, although the charity said it hoped he might be able to return in some capacity. 

In a statement on its website, IRW said the 54-year-old had led its international programmes division through a period of positive growth and diversification, and overseen the establishment of the Humanitarian Academy for Development as a global centre of excellence.

Haghamed also expanded the charity’s retail subsidiary, TIC International, to generate more income from charity shops and recycling.

He activated the charity’s £20m programme in response to the pandemic, and helped spearhead global campaigns on gender justice and climate change.

The statement also credited him with reforming the charity’s governing structures.

Haghamed said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the millions of people we support around the world, and it is with great sadness that I am stepping down.

"I have seen for myself in so many countries that the impact of what we do is hugely positive and we have made great progress, but there is a lot more to do.”

He will continue in the role until 31 January.

The recruitment process for his successor is already underway.

Ihab Saad, chair of IRW, said: “I would like to thank Naser for his decades of dedicated service and for his successful time as our CEO. 

“Under his tireless and passionate leadership, the number of lives touched by our work across the world has passed the 120 million mark, and last year IRW generated its highest ever annual income. 

“We sincerely hope that Naser will be able to return to Islamic Relief in some capacity in the future, once his health improves.”  

Three senior figures have had to step down from the charity this year after posting antisemitic comments on social media.

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