MPEB Structure & Members

Muslim Primary Education Board Members are nominated by the patron body of the Board and they all serve in a voluntary capacity.

MPEB Structure & Members

Muslim Primary Education Board Members are nominated by the patron body of the Board and they all serve in a voluntary capacity.

Board Members


Asiya Al-Tawash - Chairperson

Asiya Al-Tawash

Asiya Al Tawash has been involved in the education of Muslim children for the last twenty-six years. She is a founding member of the Muslim National School Clonskeagh and has served both as Secretary and Chair to the Board of Management  of that school.

She has represented the Islamic Foundation of Ireland and Muslim Primary Education Board (MPEB) in a number of educational forums and is currently Chairperson of the MPEB.

Sha­heen Ahmed

Shaheen Ahmed

Shaheen Ahmed, originally from Pakistan, has lived in Dublin since 1981. Naturalised as an Irish citizen in 1984, Shaheen has worked tirelessly for Muslim integration in Ireland over the last 30 years. One of the founding member of the Muslim National School, Shaheen was the first chairperson of the school’s Board of Management. He currently holds positions as President of the Pakistan Welfare and Cultural Association of Ireland, PR–Coordinator of the Islamic Cultural Centre and General Secretary of the Muslim Primary Education Board.

Shaheen has worked extensively with successive governments and various bodies on behalf of the Islamic community. Educated first at Islamia College Civil Lines and Punjab University Lahore in Pakistan, Shaheen holds an MBA from the Michael Smurfit College of Business in UCD. He comes from a strong sporting background, having played competitive badminton in Pakistan, Germany and Ireland, as well as top cricket for a number of Irish teams.

Qaasim Abdel­hafez

Qaasim Abdulhafidh

Qaasim Abdulhafidh is a finance professional with over 15 years’ experience in the charity field.  He is actively involved in the community on a wide range of projects and activities on a voluntary basis.  He is a board member of Muslim Primary Education Board and Shaheeda Zainab Independent Muslim Primary School.  

He holds the position of Co-Manager of North Dublin Muslim National School and previously a director and secretary of Noor Community Centre for Kids (NCCK).  His spare time revolves around spending time with family, a keen sports enthusiast and loves football and fishing.


Sharukh Mirza 

Shahrukh Mirza

Shahrukh Mirza, a finance professional and a qualified chartered certified accountant with over 17 year's experience in the financial services industry within Ireland, joined the Board in April 2014. 

Shahrukh is actively involved within the Muslim community in Ireland and also holds a position within the finance and audit committee in the Islamic foundation of Ireland.

Irfan Hameed

Irfan Hameed

Irfan Hameed (AIPA, FCCA), joined the Board in February 2014. He is a registered Statutory Auditor and Accountant.


Fardus Sultan

Fardus Sultan

Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, but living in Ireland since 1993, Fardus is a Managing Director of her own IT & Graphic Design company in Dublin. She is a holder of 1st class honours in M.Sc. in Cyberpsychology as well as an honours degree in Politics and Arabic from the UCD.  She is also current Chairperson of Women4Women DLR and PPN community representative in the Economic Development and Enterprise SPC of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Being very passionate about education, equality and integration issues, and particularly gender issues, she has over 20 years of experience of serving on various management boards in the community and inter-faith sector.


Nadia Grogan - Secretary

Nadia Grogan is the only employed member of the MPEB and she provides administrative support to both the members of the Board as well as serving as the first point of the contact for the public.

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