Who We Are

QCUK Team and Board of Trustees

Message from the Chairman

Yousef Bin Ahmed Al Kuwari
Chairman of QCUK

Welcome to the new home of Qatar Charity UK (QCUK). We hope you find our website useful, informative and easy to use.

We are a growing charity with big ambitions and we exist to make a difference. Our aim is to bring communities together and we support projects that enrich the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in the UK and Continental Europe.

QCUK aspires to encourage and empower people and we are committed to making a meaningful and sustainable impact to society. We believe in empowerment and inclusiveness. We believe in sustainability and innovation. We believe in partnership and excellence.

Above all, we believe in the inherent ability of young people to be the catalyst for positive change in their communities.

As a charity, we are not self-funded and rely solely on the goodwill of our generous supporters to continue the work that we do. Our programme areas and projects are available for support so if you would like to make a contribution please go directly to our donations page.

We hope you find our charity worthy of your support. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Ayyoub Abouliaqin
Director General of QCUK

Ayyoub Abouliaqin is the Director General of QCUK. A French national of Moroccan descent, Ayyoub has a background in Mechanical Engineering and Accountancy and has a wealth of experience in the charity and philanthropic sectors.

Over the past two decades, he has held a variety of leadership and management roles with organisations across Europe. Most notably, he was Executive Director at Annour Centre in Mulhouse, France and prior to this he was an Executive Director at Decathlon France.

Ayyoub joined QCUK in 2013 – a move that allowed him to bring together financial acumen, a unique skill set in the sector and a passion for making a difference in the lives of young people.

Fadi Itani
Deputy Director General of QCUK

Fadi Itani brings 26 years’ experience in the community and charity sectors to his role as Deputy Director General of QCUK. Most recently, Fadi was the Global Director for Communications and External Relations at Islamic Relief.

Prior to this, he was the CEO at Zakat House, which included a secondment to the Humanitarian Forum as the Public Affairs Director, and Executive Director of MWH Trust. Fadi is an advocate on humanitarian and social issues and has appeared on numerous TV networks including BBC World, Sky News and Aljazeera.

He was awarded the “Good Citizenship Award” and the “Mayor of Islington’s Civic Award 2005” for serving the community and the Mayor of London Award for his services to the people of London.

Meet the QCUK Board of Trustees

As charity trustees, our non-executive directors receive no remuneration for their services. The Board, which meets regularly, is responsible for providing strategic counsel to the Director General and other senior management. Our current board members are as follows:

Yousef Bin Ahmed Al Kuwari
Chairman of QCUK

Yousef Al Kuwari has been the CEO of Qatar Charity since October 2011, having previously served as the organisation’s Director of Finance Services. Under his leadership, 10 country offices have been established in four different continents while annual donations to Qatar Charity United Kingdom have increased significantly.

Salah Al Hammadi
Vice Chairman of QCUK

Engineer Salah Al-Hammadi is the Vice Chairman of QCUK and has been responsible for QCUK’s major projects in Europe since 2014. Previously, he worked in the asset management sector in Credit Suisse and prior to this he was a Project Engineer responsible for several projects for Qatar Petroleum and RasGas.

Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim
Trustee of QCUK

Born in 1963 in Egypt, Mr Mohamed Ibrahim continued his studies to achieve a bachelors in Law from Ain Shams University in Cairo in 1986. Currently he is a successful businessman and has run a number of companies in Italy since 2000. He has made huge contributions to the third sector within the realms of voluntary service at a national level with many charities in Italy since 2010 till today.