Meet the Team
Soukeyna Osei-Bonsu, Managing Director
Soukeyna is the founder of Black Muslim Forum. She is a student based in London and works on the facilitation of Black Muslim Forum’s projects and services. Soukeyna is of West and North African origin and has a background in Social Anthropology and International Relations (BA, SOAS). Soukeyna is passionate about black rights especially in Maghrebi society, the Islamic teachings of racial equality, pan-African unity as well as the teachings of Malcolm X. Soukeyna started BMF to address a social need that wasn’t being met in the UK and to help advocate for and educate black Muslims across the globe.
Dr Yahya Barry, Peer Reviewer
Dr Yahya Barry is a Senior Visiting Researcher at the University of Copenhagen’s Centre of African Studies with research interests in Black African Diasporas, Islamophobia, Right-wing Populism & Christian-Muslim Relations in West Africa. He is a certified Minister of Religion (BA Islamic Theology, Madinah 2009) and served as Imam of Edinburgh Central Mosque. He studied Religion in Peace & Conflict (MA, Uppsala, 2014) and the Religious Roots of Europe (MA, Copenhagen, 2013). His PhD (Edinburgh, 2019) researched Muslim responses to Right-wing Populism in the UK and Scandinavia. He is consulted by the BBC Religion & Ethics board from 2016 to present and is a regular contributor to BBC Scotland’s Sunday Morning With programme. He is the founding director of Olive Tree CIC.
Mareme Mufwoko, Researcher
Mareme is a Headteacher of Kenyan, Senegalese and English descent. Having worked as a research student whilst studying Psychology with Advertising at University, Mareme then took her skills to an African Children’s Charity working on various projects which affect the African diaspora, including: female genital mutilation, trafficking and child abuse. Mareme is passionate about issues of identity and belonging, particularly for people of mixed heritage.
Sophia Lara Staffiero, Researcher
Sophia Lara Staffiero is currently reading (MA) African Studies at SOAS, University of London. She completed her undergraduate in Italian and Latin at the University of St Andrews during 2014-2019. Her research interests focus on governance and politics in Africa, with a particular interest in development in the West African region. She is co-author of a poetry collection entitled ‘The Snake and the Cuttlefish’ and author of ‘Conversations at Crossroads’. She also enjoys filming YouTube videos and writing a blog (’Perfect Pretense’) through which she hopes to strike up pensive conversations on a range of topics, including identity, books, contemporary issues and travels. Sophia also coordinates a joint venture for her platform winter’s bloom wintersbloom2019.wordpress.com. She is passionate about learning and celebrating her cultural roots as well as the beauty of cultures around her. On the ongoing journey of living a more conscious, ethical, and sustainable lifestyle both personally and professionally.
Rashid Rose, Writer
Rashid Rose was a Broadcast Journalist for Ahlebait TV Sky 745 from 2014 to 2018. He is a member of the following professional bodies: Former Chair of Wycombe MIND Mental Health, Founder and chair of the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Health Care Foundation, Founder and chair of the Afro-Caribbean Mental Health Foundation. Rashid is a member of BME Bucks Minority Education Concerns and founder of The Forum, addressing the concerns of the BME communities nationwide. He is chair of the Caribbean Peoples Foundation, Co-Founder of the African Caribbean Muslin Alliance and Co-Founder of the African Caribbean Muslim Federation. Rashid is employed by the Buckinghamshire NHS as a mental health Project manager. He has received an NHS award for Mental Health and Well Being in the South Central Health and Social care in 2010 as well as an NHS award for Mental Health and Well being in the South Central Success in Partnership working in 2010. Rashid received his BA (Hons) in Community Management University of Luton in 1998.
Sadiyah Sabree, North American Representative
Sadiyah serves as the North American representative for Black Muslim Forum, providing stories and updates regarding the Black American Muslim experience. Sadiyah received her Masters degree in Urban Planning in 2018. Her academic research and personal interests revolve around community-led development intiatives in low-income communities of colour, in both the US and the UK.
Ishaque Suubi Møller, Correspondent
Ishaque Suubi Møller was born in Uganda, and is of Ugandan and Danish descent. He converted to Islam in 2017 and has a background in economics, Middle Eastern studies and holds a degree in the Arabic language. He is currently studying Information Technology and has formerly been a member of the pan-African organisation, African Empowerment Centre in Denmark.