My name is Nadia, I am an Aziz Foundation scholar studying for an MSc in Space, Risk and Disaster Reduction at UCL, part time. In 2018, I co-founded The Delicate Mind C.I.C to address issues around mental health, faith and identity. To do this, I worked with BBC Woman’s Hour, BBC Asian Netowrk, ATN Bangla TV to raise awareness of mental health issues within the South Asian Muslim community. Our work was also featured in The Times. I believe in building long lasting meaningful business relationships. This has been crucial to broadening the scope of TDM’s outreach to an international level. We launched our first international partnership at Athens, Greece with Hestia Hellas In March 2019. In March 2019 , I was head hunted by the World Youth Alliance’s Regional Director to advise the organisation on the establishment of their UK chapter. I am passionate about youth advocacy and education. In January 2019 I began volunteering as a London representative for UK Youth Voice. In 2019 I was recognised for my 7 year long commitment to public service at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards. I also became part of the Franco British Council’s Local Leaders Programme to promote social mobility across the UK and France. I am thrilled to be continuing to make a global impact on key issues that concern young people as a Global Shaper, at the World Economic Forum’s London hub. Here I am working on projects concerning unity & the future of work. I am looking for a part time role to supplement my studies. My aim is to utilise my academic knowledge and strategic project development skills to add value to organisations.Locked Pro Plan feature
I run an award winning Community Interest Company which specialises in providing a client tailored mental health service to schools, prisons and youth clubs throughout the UK. The Delicate Mind, examines how ideas of faith, masculinity and identity intersect to shape lived experiences of mental health for British South Asians. To do this, we focus on the following areas: rehabilitation, research and education. To do this, we work with the University of Warwick's Department for Arts on the following project: The Diaspora Strikes Back: lived religion, arts and activism among Sikh and Muslim millennials in Europe research project to examine how lived experiences of mental illness and identity struggles of the South Asian, Nigerian and French diaspora communities in the UK. We provide education workshops to the following organisations: YMCA Birmingham, YMCA Coventry, Queen Mary Grammar School walsall. We currently work with HM Stafford Prison to carry out workshops on mental health, identity and rehabilitation. To learn more about our work, follow us on twitter @naazukzein Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thedelicatemind_nz/?hl=en// like our work on Facebook via: https://www.facebook.com/TheDelicateMindNaazukZein
Led the Chapter’s project management and fundraising initiatives. Provided youth advocacy training as part of the World Youth Alliance's Certified Training Programme. Gained experience in event management by Coordinating with chapters in Europe: (WYA Spain, WYA Portugal, WYA Austria, WYA Croatia, WYA Germany, WYA Belgium) to organise Erasmus + Youth Exchange trainings. Received professional, medically recognised training to teach women, how they might recognise hormonal and other vital signs of health through the World Youth Alliance’s Fertility Education & Medical Management Health Programme. Established a working partnership with Newman House London, UK Youth Voice and Second Home London, the Faith and Belief Forum to support WYA’s training activities. Participated in Youth Exchange projects in Brussels and Portugal to assist WAY chapter coordinators with logistics of WYA trainings.
I worked as a Researcher, at BFPG where I managed events, curated social media content and wrote articles about foreign policy issues. As part of this role I did the following: Managed BFPG’s social media platforms to raise awareness of research projects, UK Foreign policy developments and BFPG events. Managed and organised National Engagement events across the UK bringing together a diverse range of audiences and speakers to events. Carried out desk research to assist with BFPG research projects. Produced articles on relevant foreign policy matters. Edited Student Ambassador articles which were published on BFPGs website. Displayed attention to detail whilst conducting desk research for BFPG projects. Provided administrative support to a small team to ensure the smooth running of operations at BFPG. Worked with a team to curate content and design “Perspectives” platform to share content with Strategy International’s members. Co-ordinated National Engagement events and Student Ambassador Programme events in London at Houses of Parliament, The Economist and Foreign Commonwealth Office, and across major UK cities. Assisted with organising and facilitating roundtable discussion events across London. Published research for the Foreign Affairs Committee as a result of carrying out an event on the role of South Asian diaspora on UK foreign policy.
Selected by Faith and Belief Forum to participate in the Media trust & Co’s Stronger Voices campaign. Established two workshops to facilitate a dialogue between BAME groups and journalists. Gained experience in project management by working with a small team remotely to facilitate workshops.
Upon graduating from University, I completed an Erasmus Traineeship at the University of Vienna's Master of Human Rights programme. As part of my role, I did the following: Fostered communication between student representatives, academics, and programme management in order address key study related problems. Helped with planning and delivering Kosovo field trip to carry out essential research into violations of Human Rights after the conflict. Liaised with key stakeholders UNDP, UN Women, Council of Europe in order to arrange student seminars for Kosovo field trip. Provided administrative support to the Programme Manager and Coordinator to ensure the smooth running of events throughout the academic year. Produced event summaries and edited content on the master programme's website.
Synthesised complex contract law research to develop a memorandum of information detailing process by which partners dissolve a company. Quality checked documents by checking spelling, grammar and key legal terms in preparation for client meetings. Peer reviewed emails and letters of communication to be sent to clients to ensure information was clear and easy to understand. Researched details of stocks and shares to in order to ensure that client contracts were drawn up correctly.
Produced summaries about the nature of work carried out by YAZDA for upcoming website. Worked with QMUL student societies to raise awareness of YAZDA work by inviting speakers to events. Worked with Advocacy team on student led campaign Less Veto More Action to lobby Jo Cox MP to pass an Early Day Motion on the issue of the UN ceasing to use veto power on issues of genocide. Worked with YAZDA to assist with recruiting volunteers to support upcoming establishment of UK office.
Built team energy by providing support to fellow colleagues in order to meet, and exceed sales targets. Organised volunteering days for two top 50 stores as part of the Body Shop Foundation ‘Forever Against Animal Testing’ and ‘Enrich not Exploit’ campaigns. Assisted with store audits within the top 50 stores to meet the requirements of company profit protection programme. Displayed attention to detail whilst carrying out daily cash and audit reconciliation. Ordered visual merchandise, stationery, and uniforms to support smooth running of store operations.
Collaborated with societies and students’ groups across campus to increase engagement with RAG QMUL on campus. Worked with student Union and elected charities to set up employer pathways for QMUL students. Supported societies involved in ‘Adopt a Charity’ scheme with innovative and creative fundraising ideas.
Volunteer Policy Research Assistant to Councilor Michael Pavey Produced detailed analysis of socio-economic impact pertaining to the closure of Sure Start centers across the UK. Raised awareness of campaigns by producing draft literature for Labour Friends of Sure Start Blog. Supported to council staff by producing minutes of Pamphlet launch events, producing Excel data documents, and inviting fellow Labour councilors to regional meetings. Carried out essential research regarding alternative outlets for community Sure Start programmes. Consistently supported research team to meet deadlines for research projects throughout campaigns.
Drafted a report into the effects of legal aid cuts on the Bar and Legal advice centres. Assisted Clerks with legal research on right to free trial cases. Shadowed Barrister, attending client meetings and court hearings.
Produced reports for trainees upon analyzing skeleton arguments from company disputes. Recorded trends in banking transactions; identified key client objectives within across three departments. Observed process by which major leaseholds are secured for FTSE 100 clients.
I am currently studying for an MSc in Space, Risk and Disaster Reduction at the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction and Department of Space and Climate Physics. My studies are part-time, two days per week.
Shortlisted as a finalist for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2019 in recognition for my work on public service for the last 6 years. This award was directly attributed to my work on my award winning not for profit organisation, that I co-founded called The Delicate Mind / Naazuk Zein
Received an award from Queen's Lieutenant in collaboration with the Faith and Belief Forum. This award was received by The Delicate Mind in recognition of our work on Mental Health in London.
Recipient of Masters Scholarship to Study at Anglo American University in Prague after coming in 3rd place at Youth Time's Global Youth Forum in Dubai. This award was received in recognition of my pitch for The Delicate Mind.