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Safina Islam

Head of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre

Safina Islam


Safina Islam is Head of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre.

Part of The University of Manchester, AIU RACE Centre is an open access archive and Library on race, identity and communities. It is located in the Manchester Central Library and is part of the Archives+ partnership.

Safina joined the AIU RACE Centre from the public programmes team at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, where she was a Communities and Inclusion Specialist. Prior to that, she spent two years as Chief Officer at Ananna, the Manchester Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation, where she was elected chair.

With a background in biomedical science, Safina obtained a PhD from The University of Manchester in 2000, and then moved into public health / health inequalities-focused research and policy development.

She was responsible for leading the first national review of race equality in health and social care as Head of Equality and Human Rights at the then Health Care Commission.

Safina is a trustee of BigLife Group and an independent member of the Our Manchester forum.