Our Team

Sir Stephen O’Brien CBE
President

Sir Stephen O’Brien serves as the President of Unitas Communications. He is also the Chairman of Barts Health NHS Trust and Ed Miliband’s Mental Health in Society Task Force. Previously he was the Chairman of NHS Tower Hamlets and Teach First as well as on the Board of the University of East London.

Muddassar Ahmed
Managing Partner

In addition to leading Unitas, Muddassar is the President of the Concordia Forum and a Patron of the Faiths Forum for London. He is also a Former Independent Advisor to the UK Government, and on boards for the Atlantic Council think tank, Global Ties USA, ISTAC -IIUM (Malaysia) and a Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Muddassar has been listed as amongst the 500 most influential Muslims globally and amongst the 1000 most influential Londoners.

Shiraz Ahmad
Partner

Shiraz is a Partner at Unitas Communications, where he has led projects for the United Nations, Amnesty International, the NFL, the Arab League, the US State Department, and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), among many others. He is also the Co-Founder of the Concordia Forum. Shiraz has a background in communications having worked as the Communications Officer for the British Chambers of Commerce in Czech Republic before founding Unitas with Muddassar back in 2008.

Zahed Amanullah
Account Director

Zahed serves as an Account Director at Unitas. In addition, he is the Resident Senior Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD). Zahed has given testimony and contributed submissions to the UK Home Affairs Select Committee on Radicalisation. His writings and analysis have been featured on the BBC, Channel 4, Sky News, the Guardian, CNN International, Bloomberg, Newsweek, and Le Monde Diplomatique, among others.

Haroon Moghul
Account Director

Haroon serves as an Account Director at Unitas. In addition, he is a regular commentator on Islam and public affairs; he has appeared on all major US networks and many international news networks. Haroon is also an academic who has authored several books, including How To Be A Muslim: An American Story (2017) and The Future of Islam is in Your Hands (2022). His articles have been published by numerous leading media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, TIME, Foreign Policy, The Guardian and Al Jazeera, among many others.

Hassan A. Abdein
Account Director

Hassan serves as an Account Director and Senior Advisor to Unitas Communications on public policy issues. He focuses on developing partnerships with corporate, government, international organisations and the non-profit sector. Hassan has also advised the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on projects related to the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the European Union (EU), and the United Nations (UN).

Mohammed Husain Jassem
Account Manager

Mohammed Husain serves as an Account Manager at Unitas Communications. Mohammed received his MRes in Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway University of London and his Bachelors in International Affairs from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining Unitas, Mohammed was a MENA Analyst and Social Media Manager at Integrity UK, where his research mainly focussed on Iraq.

Elina Kuusio
Account Manager

Elina Kuusio is an Account Manager at Unitas Communications. Besides being the main point of contact for clients such as the United Nations World Tourism Organization and Friends of the Earth, she is managing various projects including the PR Unmasked podcast. Prior to joining Unitas, Elina worked as a Development and Programme Intern at Salzburg Global Seminar. She has an MSc in Security Studies from University College London (UCL), and a BA in Politics and Media from Bournemouth University.

Shayna Wilson
Account Executive

Shayna is an Account Executive at Unitas. She holds an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and recently completed a creative writing course at Faber Academy in London. She has written for publications such as environmental non-profit Mongabay and has worked in various communications, strategy and research roles across the US, UK and China.

Rutaba Tariq
Account Executive

Rutaba is an Account Executive at Unitas Communications. She is also pursuing her Masters in International Relations and recently attended SOAS’s Academic Summer School on their Ambassador Scholarship to study Conflict and International Development. She graduated top of her class with a BA Honours in International Relations from the University of Karachi. In the past, she’s worked with Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency and the British Council (Karachi).

Varda Rasheed
Communications Executive

Varda is a Communications Executive at Unitas Communications. Prior to joining Unitas, Varda successfully led and managed projects with numerous notable organisations in the development sector, including; USAID, UNICEF, UNDP, USIP, IRC, and others. Varda has an M.Phil in International Relations from National Defence University and an MSc in International Relations from Quaid-i-Azam University.

Tamara Tarek
Graphic Designer

Tamara is a Graphic & Motion Designer at Unitas Communications. She holds a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from the University of East London. Moreover, Tamara also studied Magazine & Publishing Design at University of Arts London. She has been designing for various companies for well over a decade, and with that brings along a myriad of skills and years of experience.