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 Associate and Projects Coordinator


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 Unit 


Nibras Aldibbiat

Research and Evaluation Advisor


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

Senior Research Associate

Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor Senior Research Associate  

Dr Jalal Badakhchani

Research Associate


Dr Arzina R Lalani

Research Associate


Fayaz Alibhai 

Research Associate


 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

Senior Research Associate


Dr Stephen Burge

Senior Research Associate


Dr Nuha Al-Sha'ar

Senior Research Associate

Dr Karen Bauer 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 Senior Research Associate  
Dr  Maria de-Cillis Research Associate & Shi'i Heritage Series Managing Editor  
Dr  Janis Esots Research Associate  
Dr  Dagi Dagiev Research Associate  
Nigina Mirbozkhonova

Research Assistant


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

Maha Yaziji Education Officer   
Rafiq Ajani 

Research Officer – Ethics

Zarangez Karimova  Research Officer – Ethics  
Yaser Mirdamadi Research Officer – Ethics  

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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

Vacant Teacher Educator   

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  
Vinetta Archer-Dyer 

Interim STEP Programme Leader

Dr. Christie Johnson GPISH Programme Leader  

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

Mona Patel 

Student Services Manager 

Alan Wake  Student Services Officer   

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 

Vacant  ECD Coordinator  



Lisa Magloff

Managing Editor


Zuleikha Haji

Education Officer 

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


Implementation and Evaluation


Riaz Rhemtulla

Senior Education Officer


Design and Production


Alnoor Nathani

Design and Production Manager


Colin Graham

Senior Design and Production Officer


Yuan Zhuang

Design and Production 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

Fabio Moreno-Salazar  Facilities & Maintenance Assistant  

Anna Spinola



Information Technology Unit

Eugene O'Donnell Head of Information and Educational Technology, IIS-ISMC   

Gus Ghorayeb 

IT Manager


Atif Idrees

Senior IT Support Officer


Vahab Ghofrani 

IT Support Officer


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Dr Walid Ghali

Head of the Joint IIS-ISMC Library


Khadija Lalani

Senior Library Assistant


Shah Hussain 



Ginevra Avalle



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