Co-Directors’ Office

Dr Farhad Daftary

Co-Director & Head of Department of Academic Research and Publications

Rita Bishopp

PA to Dr Aziz Esmail, Governor

Nasim Mohamed

PA to Mr Shams Vellani

Selina K Ramji Project Coordinator and Secretary to the Board 

Ismaili Special Collections Unit

Wafi Momin

Head of Ismaili Special Collections Unit

Dr Nourmamadcho Nourmamadchoev

Research & Administrative Assistant

Karim Javan

Manuscript Cataloguer & Researcher

Sadrudin Hassam

Cataloguing Assistant

Naureen Ali

Cataloguing Assistant

Quality Assurance and Evaluation Unit

Diane Rainsbury

Head of Quality Assurance and Evaluation

Nibras Aldibbiat

Research and Evaluation Adviser

Zarah Bennett

Quality Assurance and Evaluation Officer

Nicolette Nelson-Cole

Quality Assurance Administrator


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Department of Academic Research and Publications

Dr Farhad Daftary

Co-Director & Head of Department of Academic Research and Publications

Julia Kolb

PA to Dr Farhad Daftary, Co-Director

Dr Omar Alí-de-Unzaga

Deputy Head of Department of Academic Research and Publications

 Editorial Team

Kutub Kassam

Senior Editor & Researcher

Wendy Robinson

Editorial Project Coordinator

Russell Harris


Patricia Salazar


Nadia Holmes


Tara Woolnough

Editor & Publications Coordinator

Dr Isabel Miller Editor

Marjan Afsharian


Rahim Gholami

Research Assistant

 Research Faculty

Professor  Hermann Landolt

Senior Research Fellow

Professor  Wilferd Madelung

Senior Research Fellow

Professor  Carmela Baffioni

Senior Research Fellow

Professor  Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi

Research Associate

Dr Jalal Badakhchani

Research Associate

Dr Arzina R Lalani

Research Associate

Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor

Research Associate

Fayaz Alibhai Research Associate

Dr Miklos Sarkozy

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Shayesteh Ghofrani Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

 Central Asian Studies

Akim Elnazarov


Dr Najam Abbas

Research Associate and Editorial Assistant

Dr  Amier Saidula

Research Associate

Dr Yahia Baiza

Research Associate

Muzaffar Zoolshoev

Research Assistant

Qur’anic Studies

Dr Omar Alí-de-Unzaga

Academic Coordinator

Dr Toby Mayer

Research Associate

Dr Karen Bauer

Research Associate

Dr Stephen Burge

Research Associate

Dr Nuha Al-Sha'ar

Research Associate

Dr Alessandro Cancian

Research Associate

Dr Asma Helali

Research Associate

Lisa Morgan


Fiona Ward


Eleanor Payton Copy Editor

Naushin Shariff


Shi'i Studies Studies

Dr Gurdofarid Miskinzoda

Head of Shi'i Studies Unit and Research Associate

Dr Orkhan Mir-Kasimov Research Associate
Dr  Maria de-Cillis Research Associate & Shi'i Heritage Series Managing Editor
Dr  Janis Esots Research Associate
Dr  Dagi Dagiev Research Associate
Aslisho Qurboniev Intern
Azzam Al-Kassir Intern

Constituency Studies Research Unit

Dr Shainool Jiwa

Head of Constituency Studies Research Unit

Dr Al-Karim Datoo

Research Coordinator

Hasan Al-Khoee

Research Assistant

Qudsia Shah

Research Officer


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Department of Community Relations

Shiraz Kabani

Head of Department

Nina Lee

Administrative Assistant

Educational Programmes Unit

Hussain Jasani

Manager for Educational Programmes

Dr Karim Gulamali

Programme Coordinator, International Training Programme 

Zulfikar Khimani

Academic Coordinator

Nemat Alifbekov   Senior Education Officer, International Training Programme 
Anjum Alam Programme Coordinator

STEP International Liaison Unit

Hanif Virani

STEP International Liaison Manager

Nysa Pradhan 

STEP International Liaison Coordinator


Senior Education Officer

Human Resource Development Programme for Central Asia Unit

Hadi Mirshahi

Manager for HRD Central Asia

Farzad Kadkhoda Academic Coordinator 

Alumni Relations Unit

Shellina Karmali

Alumni Relations Coordinator


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Department of Graduate Studies

Dr Laila Halani

Head of Department 

Dr Tullio Lobetti Special Projects Manager
Dr. Mike Diboll

STEP Programme Leader

Dr. Christie Johnson GPISH Programme Leader


Senior Research & Evaluation Coordinator

Faheem Hussain  

Teacher Educator 

Dr Anjoom Mukadam

Teaching Placements Coordinator and Lecturer

Dr Sharmina Mawani


Dr  Marodsilton Muborakshoeva


Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad


Dr Maryam Rezaee Lecturer
Rosa Barugh Academic Support Programmes Advisor 
Dr Roy Wilson  Academic Skills Coordinator 

Sandra Rugea


Student Services Unit


Senior Academic & Education Systems Manager 

Rakeeza Kanth 

Student Services Officer

Hollie Kent  Student Services Officer

Menue Begum 

Academic Administrator


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Department of Curriculum Studies

Dr Shiraz Thobani

Head of Department


Early Childhood Development 

Dr Almina Pardhan ECD Coordinator


Lisa Magloff

Managing Editor

Zuleikha Haji

Assistant Editor

Dr Dipli Saikia Assistant Editor

Pedagogy and Resources

Nazmin Halani

Senior Education Officer

Laura Callaghan

Education Officer

Dr Zamira Dildorbekova

Education Officer


Shamim Salaam Translations Coordinator

Dr Abdulmamad Iloliev

Research Associate

Anastasia Makeeva

Translations Officer

Implementation and Evaluation

Riaz Rhemtulla

Senior Education Officer

Nibras Aldibbiat

Evaluation Officer

Design and Production

Alnoor Nathani

Design and Production Manager

Colin Graham

Senior Design and Production Officer

Samira Lalani

Education Officer

Project Support

Shola Ajilore

Project Manager

Joy Johnson

Administrative Assistant


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Department of Human Resources

Steve Lewitt

Head of Department

Caroline Gomez

Human Resources Advisor


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Department of Communications and Development

Salima Bhatia 

Head of Department

Shaheena Ormerod-Sachedina

Communications and Development Manager

Sarah Ismail

Communications & Resource Development Officer

Zehra Lalji

Website Research & Productions Officer

Aliya Lavji

Content Editor

Mindaugas Orlauskas Digital Officer

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Department of Finance & Administration

Salah Mirza

Head of Department

Naznin Jiwa

Events Coordinator

Norma Graham

Office Manager

Suzee Horsford-Green

Finance Officer

Alijon Alikhonov

Finance Officer

Aly Karim IT Projects and Programme Manager

Fabio Jaramillo

Facilities & Maintenance Assistant

Anna Spinola


Information Technology Unit

Gus Ghorayeb

IT Manager

Atif Idrees

IT Support Officer




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Dr Walid Ghali

Head of the Joint IIS-ISMC Library

Khadija Lalani

Senior Library Assistant

Shah Hussain



Assistant Librarian


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