Latifa Akay is Director of Education at the London-based charity Maslaha, leading the organisation’s education programmes and current work adapting the award-winning Columbian Escuela Nueva model to a UK context.
She formerly led Maslaha’s gender equality work, spearheading and developing a digital education resource exploring perspectives around Islamic Feminisms, and Muslim Girls Fence, an initiative using the sport of fencing to challenge stereotypes of and build resilience among Muslim girls.
Latifa is a regular commentator on Maslaha’s work and associated issues, and has featured as a guest on Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday, Radio 4 and others. She holds an LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from SOAS University and an LLB in Law with Politics from Queen’s University, Belfast. She has also conducted research for the Irish Human Rights Centre exploring the notion of ‘faith in democracy’ in the context of Turkey
Latifa is a board member of the Inclusive Mosque Initiative, a UK-based collective working to provide a space for the promotion and practice of an inclusive Islam. She previously worked as a correspondent for Turkish daily Today’s Zaman in Istanbul and her articles have been published in, among others, The Guardian and The Scotsman newspapers.