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The Sir William Beveridge Foundation is a UK-registered charity that was founded in 2006 by Rahman Jilani. The Head Office is based in London UK and it has an operations office in Dhaka, Bangladesh that was established in 2007. A Management Board oversees the administration and financial activities in conjunction with the Executive Director who is responsible for the overall management of the whole organisation. The Head of Operations in the Dhaka office is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Foundation's practical projects in that country. The Foundation’s Dhaka office was established in the heart of the city in 2007. It has approval to operate from the NGO Affairs Bureau of the Government of Bangladesh. There are 41 permanent staff at the office with a number of co-ordinators and supervisors covering the work of care staff and other staff such as those employed at the Beveridge Foundation School for Children situated in the city. The Foundation opened a satellite office in Sylhet, Bangladesh in January 2012 and has started a homecare operation in the city and surrounding districts based on experience gained with the service in Dhaka. The Management Board exercises all the powers of the Foundation as laid out in the Memorandum of Association. The Board members and trustees bring experience, knowledge and standing that is compatible with the aims of the Foundation and provide valuable input into its effective management. The Executive Director of the Foundation reports directly to the Management Board.

ChairpersonMichael O'Keefe: Chairperson
Michael retired from a successful career as a senior police officer a few years ago  and now owns a thriving speedboat business in London. During 30 years with the Metropolitan Police, Michael was a keen supporter of the South Asian community in East London and led various operations to tackle serious and organised crime in these vulnerable groups. He aims to continue working with the voluntary sector to challenge ignorance and help vulnerable groups in all communities.

RJ 04Rahman Jilani: Executive Director 
Rahman- a very senior social worker by profession is the Founder of the Sir William Beveridge Foundation. Born and educated in Bangladesh, gaining two degrees including an MA in Public Administration Rahman moved to the UK where he undertook further Post graduate Degrees from London University and also studied to become a qualified social worker. From 1983-2004 he was Deputy Warden at Toynbee Hall in East London and Director of Education in Toynbee’s Asian Studies Department. He writes regularly for newspapers in Bangladesh and various publications in London including presenting a very popular weekly chat show TV programme in one of the Sky satellite TV for western European viewers.   “I had been aware of Sir William Beveridge and his ideas before I arrived in Britain,” says Rahman. “Through my work in the years since I made it my home, I have come to appreciate even more just what a great visionary he was. His 1942 report heralded a new approach to the meaning and quality of life in Britain and it provided people with the means to improve their own lives that in turn benefited our society. While his vision has provided a blueprint for a fairer and more caring society in Britain, I believe it can also be pursued in other countries. If they adopted such an approach then we would have a much happier world.”

Head of Operations, BangladeshMaj Gen (ret'd) Jiban Kanai Das: Head of Operations, Bangladesh
Jiban has a Master’s degree in Defence Studies after studying in Bangladesh. During 36 years of service to his country, he held a number of senior positions including Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies; Commandant, Bangladesh Ordnance Factories; Quarter Master General, Bangladesh Army and, for a time, served as an advisor in the office of the Bangladesh Prime Minster. His training and study activities during his distinguished career took him to the UK, Malyasia, China and Thailand.

Nahida RahmanNahida Rahman: Trustee
Nahida was born in the United Kingdom and started her career in business banking at NatWest in 2003. She later moved into ethnic media as an Executive Director for International Television Channel Ltd. She has a postgraduate degree in marketing management and has been involved in successfully establishing Bangladeshi television brands in the UK over the last four years. She also worked on establishing Channel Nine UK, one of the fastest growing television channels in the Bangladeshi community. Nahida is currently working as senior account manager in Mediareach; a leading marketing and advertising company in the UK.

DR SakelDr M. Sakel: Global Ambassador 
Dr M Sakel FRCP– Global Ambassador of Sir William Beveridge Foundation UK graduated as a physician in 1991, he now advises the NHS England and Clinical Support Unit for neuro-rehab service provision for Kent & Medway County. He leads the East Kent Neuro Rehabilitation Unit at Canterbury City for East Kent University NHS Hospital as its Director & Consultant Physician since 2003 with clinical and research interest includes rehabilitation and Neuro-modulation of brain injury, stroke, spasticity, Brain Computer Interface, Minimally Conscious State. He was the Director for R & D and Board Member of the East Kent University hospital and an executive member of the Kent County regional Research network Board from 2008-2012. He published and completed multiple research projects on spasticity, patient experience, MND. He has completed several multi-national researches with UK US, Canada & EU countries.  He was the audit lead for the Medical Directorate up to 2009. He regularly organises regional multidisciplinary conferences. His teaching programme includes vising scholars from Spain & UK Universities. He is a Steering Committee Member of International Rehab Forum, Kent Brain Injury Forum and a Fellow of American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. He was elected twice as member (National Committee) of the Medical Academic Staff Committee of British Medical Association (UK) for 2012-14. In that role he advised on various UK legislation and represented 27 EU Medical Associations in EU Parliament. As a visiting lecturer he speaks in United Nation Agency for spinal injury and on Dementia care. To know more about his researches please click here.

Karen Saunders: Global Neuro-therapy Advisor
Karen works as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Neurology and has over 15 years clinical experience of treating individuals with a wide range of neurological disabilities, alongside of other pathologies including Dementia.  She has gained extensive knowledge and expertise from working within a Neuro-rehabilitation centre of excellence in Oxford, large acute university teaching hospitals, community hospitals and services, and a leading private neurological clinic.  Karen works in both the National Health Service (NHS) and within her own independent neuro-physiotherapy practice. Karen holds degrees in Physiotherapy and Biology from British Universities and is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health Care Professions Council within the United Kingdom (UK). In 2014, Karen received the Runner Up prize for Clinical Leadership in the prestigious National Advancing Healthcare Awards in London, for designing and delivering an innovative interactive learning workshop to a range of health and social care staff focused on improving the quality of care for patients at Cirencester NHS Hospital. As an award-winning candidate, she is listed on this website: with a brief summary of her work project. Within the role of a registered Learning Champion with the CSP, Karen leads and contributes to the education and training of qualified neuro-physiotherapists in the UK and also acts as an associate lecturer at the University of the West of England in Bristol. She is passionate about education and how learning experiences can form the basis of positive cultural change by empowering individuals, families and communities to grow and develop to overcome the challenges of an increasingly polarised society. Karen is a member of the Society of Rehabilitation Research and is committed to building further knowledge and understanding of how we can rebuild our lives after neurological disease or illness. She feels honoured to be invited to play a supporting role with this and join the Sir William Beveridge Foundation.

Rashed AhmedRashed Ahmed: Ambassador of United States
Bangladeshi born Mr Rashed Ahmed who has more than 15 years of thrilling international experiences in Senior Management across 3 continents, settled down in Maryland in Aug 2015 and ventured into a new beginning with Alphagraphics. He comes with multi culture, multi discipline exposures with extensie experiences in strategy planning, Sales force leadership and driving results. He speaks the international language of collaboration, teamwork and get things done. A strategic Marketer in nature, I am extremely excited in taking over Alphagraphics Shady Grove center to make an all-new beginning for this unit that offers enormous opportunities. He also has an extensive working and training experiences through the globe, such as: President & Owner, Alphagraphics Shady Grove (Building an enterprise offering integrated Marketing solutions to small to mid size organizations) / Asia Pacific Regional Marketing Lead (British American Tobacco Asia Pacific, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) / Country Head/President (British American Tobacco Papua New Guinea PNG Ltd) / Marketing & Sales Director (CMO): Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei (British American Tobacco Malaysia) / Marketing Director (CMO) (British American Tobacco Dhaka, Bangladesh) / Head of International Brand, (British American International Brand, Warsaw, Poland). He also had been successfully trained by professionals across the globe, such as: Company director course in Sydney, Australia / EniGMa- GM Transition Program in London, UK / A Business course organized by BAT in collaboration with IMD, Switzerland / Leading a Global Business in London, UK / Training on Brand Management in India.

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