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The Core Team

The Core Team that is chaired by Faith for Earth and is composed of representatives of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences; Uskudar University in Istanbul; the Qur'anic Botanic Garden; and the College of Islamic Studies at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar. The Core team provides administrative support and facilitates the institutional aspects of Al-Mizan.


Dr Iyad Abumoghli

Dr. Iyad Abu Moghli is the founder and director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Faith for Earth Initiative. He has more than 35 years of experience with international organizations, the private sector, and scientific institutions. Dr. Abu Moghli’s expertise focus on strategic planning, sustainable development, natural resources management, knowledge and innovation, and interfaith collaboration. Before joining UNEP, he served for 14 years in the United Nations Development Programme.


Dr. Ibrahim Özdemir

Dr. Ibrahim Ozdemir is an esteemed professor of philosophy and ethics, celebrated for his pioneering work as a Muslim environmentalist and academic. His extensive teaching career includes prestigious appointments as a visiting professor at Harvard University (1998), Hartford University, Hartford Seminary (2001-2003), Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland (2018-2020), and Clark University in Worcester, MA, USA. With a career that exemplifies excellence in academic instruction, interdisciplinary research, and distinguished leadership, Dr. Ozdemir has made significant contributions to environmental discourse. His unique approach seamlessly blends environmental concerns with ethical frameworks, and his forays into philosophical counseling have marked him as a leading figure in philosophical thought and sustainability education. Among his notable achievements, Dr. Ozdemir was instrumental in the creation of the Islamic Declaration for Global Climate Change (2015) and contributed to "Environment, Religion, and Culture in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" (2016), published by UNEP. Dr. Ozdemir holds concurrent teaching positions at Clark University and Uskudar University in Istanbul, where he also presides over the Uskudar University Forum on Islamic Environmental Ethics. His academic endeavors are balanced with his ongoing literary projects and leadership role in the Forum on Islamic Environmental Ethics.

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Dr Evren Tok

Dr. M. Evren Tok is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Innovation and Community Advancement, Program Coordinator for Islam and Global Affairs Program at College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University. He is the co-editor of Policy Making in a Transformative State: The Case of Qatar, published by Palgrave MacMillan, 2016. His recent publications “Global Governance and Muslim Organizations” published by Palgrave MacMillan and Innovating South-South Cooperation by University of Ottawa Press in 2020. He is the director of a QNRF funded cluster (2020-2025) entitled “SDG Education and Global Citizenship in Qatar”. He is the Lead Project Investigator for Qatar National Research Fund Priority Program for 3 years on “Localizing Entrepreneurship Education in Qatar”. He is the founder of the maker space entitled Maker Majlis: Islam in a Global World, which received Qatar Sustainability Award under Best University Initiative in 2020.


Aishah Ali Abdallah 

Aishah Abdallah is a wilderness leader and environmental educator who conducts outdoor activities informed by the wildland ethics of Islam. A Chadian national of Bornu-Kanuri origin born in the city of Makkah, she is a member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication and has received the 2019 IUCN CEC Excellence Award for the West Asia Region. Aishah helped lead the 2017 Zawiyah Rosales symposium-retreat in Spain and delivered presentations to the 2010 WANA Forum in Jordan and for ICESCO at the 2016 Crans Montana Forum in Morocco. A Leave No Trace Master Educator, Aishah helped prepare the Arabic LNT Master Educator curriculum, and in 2009 served as Coordinator of Saudi Arabia’s national LNT Master Educator training program. In 2013, Aishah received a Conservation and Environmental Grant from the Ford Motor Company to design the first ecologically based wilderness leadership curriculum for the Arabian Peninsula. Her newest initiative is EmbraceTheEarth, an ecological leadership program.

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Sidi Fazlun Khalid
Co Author

Fazlun Khalid has a worldwide reputation as a pioneer in the field of Islamic environmentalism having been involved in this work since the 1980s. He was recognised as one of fifteen leading eco-theologians in the world (Grist magazine, USA 24 July 2000). He founded the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences which is now established as the world’s leading Islamic environmental NGO. His book Signs on the Earth: Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis published in 2019 has been described as a masterclass in framing contemporary issues from a faith perspective.


Kamran Shezad

Kamran Shezad is the Director for the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES/EcoIslam), he is also the Sustainability Lead for the Bahu Trust and the Climate Change Advisor to the Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board, UK (MINAB). A qualified environmental specialist with practical field and managerial experience in the sustainable development sector. He is a strong advocate of using faith based approach in promoting the message of environment and guiding behavioural change. Kamran is a grassroots environmental activist, he has worked with a diverse range of faith groups and has produced toolkits, practical guides and mobilised communities for climate action. Kamran holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Sustainability (Strategy & Management), he has been awarded ‘Chartered Environmentalist’ status by the Society for the Environment and is a full member of the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment. Kamran is also currently serving on the Civil Society & Youth Advisory Council to the Presidency of COP26.


Othman Abd-ar-Rahman Llewellyn
(Lead Author)

Othman Llewellyn is an ecological planner and member of the IUCN World Commissions on Protected Areas and Environmental Law, Othman authored Saudi Arabia’s current protected area system plan. Born in Colorado, USA, he has lived in the Arabian subcontinent since 1982, working to conserve its natural heritage. His research interests focus on the ecological implications of Islamic ethics. He wrote “The Basis for a Discipline of Islamic Environmental Law” in Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust (Harvard, 2003). He co-authored Environmental Protection in Islam, (IUCN, 1994) and was on the drafting team of the Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change (Istanbul, 2015).

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