Emily Underwood, Youth Advocate


Mariam Baraky, Community Advocate

Mariam joined the Paiwand team in 2017 as a volunteer. She now works as a community adocate, advising people on issues such as housing, debt and welfare.

Ramzia Akbari, Counsellor


Dr. Ghulam Farooq, Mental Health Project Manager

Dr. Ghulam Farooq joined Paiwand in 2013 as Mental Health Advocate and began working as Paiwand’s Mental Health Advocacy Project Manager in April 2014. He has developed and delivers the mental health service, with the aim of improving the mental health of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who have experienced trauma.


Theo Fox, Youth Project Manager

Theo is Paiwand’s Youth Project Manager, overseeing all Youth activities for young refugees, including unaccompanied minors. Theo previously worked as a volunteer at Paiwand and is passionate about community-led and creative solutions to unjust problems.


Raziya Zarrien, Cluster Manager - Stag Lane School

Raziya joined Paiwand in 2009 as a deputy head teacher in one of Paiwand’s schools. She now oversees our Saturday School service at Stag Lane School in Edgware.