Back in 2016 Murtaza Abidi and Arfah Farooq connected over Twitter, sharing concerns over the lack of representation in the technology scene. Our ideas about the need for a Muslim tech meetup coincided and together we founded Muslamic Makers. Muslamic Makers started life as a monthly meetup which gave Muslims a safe space to share ideas, network and collaborate. With poor representation across many sectors, our focus quickly turned towards addressing the shortage of minority groups leading the way across a range of industries. Be sure to read the 5 year Impact Report to see all we’ve done and achieved so far.
Behind the scenes, the Muslamic Makers management team brings the community together and drive initiatives, keeping the community going. Our team members volunteer time and effort to bring events, projects and general tasks to help ensure that the Muslamic Makers mission continues to stay alive.
Arfah drives the team and is the longest standing team member from the day Muslamic Makers was born! Arfah is a life long community builder by day, an Angel investor & a no 10 GDS programme manager. You can read her story over on Arfahfarooq.com
An advisor and supporting across various tasks. By day, Abdul Shakur is a Business Development & Operations Manager in the Biotech industry. His key skills lie across Startups and customer development. He also enjoys Woodworking & Reading! liveshakur.com
As an events lead, Zahid looks after the events and engagement and advises across other business initiatives. By day, Zahid is a software engineer & also the founder of Halal Joints & Buskana, with a huge aptitude for the food tech industry. Find him over on Twitter:
As a social lead, Dilruba looks after the social channels & content management for Muslamic Makers. By day, Dilruba is contracting and undertaking courses. She also enjoys learning Python and is developing skills across community management. Find her on LinkedIn
Community and Events Lead
Within MM, Naomi focuses on developing and piloting new activities & events to support the growth of fellow community members. Outside MM, she’s the community manager at London-based VC Supernode Global. She loves nature, travel and spending time with family in Ireland, Greece and Pakistan. Catch her on LinkedIn.
Web & Content
Mustafa Rashid contributes across web and content creation with incredible talent. He also leads the virtual Wednesday sessions for the community which have been running successfully. Catch him on socials @MustyRash
Annem hosts & supports across Muslamic Makers events and contributes to other projects as needed. By day, Annem is a Azure cloud engineer and enjoys cycling. You can find her over on Twitter: