Freedom Declared Foundation (FDF): championing the right of everyone to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief. We provide research, information, educational and training resources and are the only UK charity on Freedom of Religion or Belief founded and governed by people of various faiths or those who hold no faith.
Dr Nazila Ghanea
Chair, alsoChair, Academic and Educational Committee
Dr Ghanea is Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. She serves as Associate Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub and is a Fellow of Kellogg College.
Nazila also serves as a member of the OSCE Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief and on the Board of Trustees of the independent think tank, the Universal Rights Group. Nazila’s research spans freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, women’s rights, minority rights and human rights in the Middle East. From 2010-2013 she was part of a research term investigating ‘Religion and Belief, Discrimination and Equality in England and Wales: Theory, Policy and Practice’. She has facilitated international human rights law training for a range of professional bodies around the world, lectured widely and carried out first hand human rights field research in a number of countries. She is a regular contributor to the media on human rights matters.
She took over as Chair from Baroness Berridge in April 2020.
Baroness (Elizabeth) Berridge of the Vale of Catmose has been in the House of Lords since January 2011. She sits on the joint Parliamentary Ecclesiastical Committee. She is also the Co-Chair of the All Party Group on International Freedom of Religion and Belief.
After reading Law at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Elizabeth undertook Barrister’s training at the Inns of Court Law School in London and practiced at Kings Chambers in Manchester, specialising in personal injury and licensing law. In 2005 she became Executive Director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, a role she held until her elevation as a life peer in 2011. Since 2012, she has become a key voice in the deepening worldwide discussion on freedom of religion and belief. Elizabeth is a member of the Steering Group of the International Panel of Parliamentarians. Their pledge is to work together to end belief-based persecution worldwide.
Elizabeth was the first Chair of FDF, standing down to become a Trustee when she was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in February 2020.
Amin Mawji, OBE
Hon. Treasurer, and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee
Mr Mawji is a Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network. He is a former senior Partner at Ernst & Young, where he held a number of leadership positions. Upon retirement from professional practice in 2013, he was appointed by the UK Government as Non-Executive Director on the Board of UK Export Finance and the UK Trade & Industry Board. Amin graduated in Economics from The LSE before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. Over the past 35 years, he has served as Trustee on several charities including Sightsavers, the UK Social Enterprise Loan Fund, the Aga Khan Foundation (UK), Focus Humanitarian Assistance, Madad, and the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind Pension Funds. He is past President of the Ismaili Muslim Council.
Amin has been named as one of Britain’s Most Influential Asians in the Power101 List, and as one of Britain’s Muslim Power100. He was awarded the inaugural British Muslim Award for services to Finance and, in 2012, appointed an OBE for his public service.