There are around 4,000 Pakistani-led not-for-profit organisations across the UK.

They run education and training courses for men and women of all ages, support people to find work and set up or grow businesses, and provide a safety net for those in need. They help people to stay fit and healthy and organise recreational, sporting and cultural activities.

Many Pakistani-led organisations are the cornerstones of their communities but they are often run on a shoestring and have very limited access to resources, training and development support. At the same time demand for their services is soaring.

Pakistani communities have been among those worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic and these organisations are playing a vital role in helping them to recover.

NPO-UK brings them together so that they can help each other.

We share expertise and discuss ways of working that have been successful – and examine why others have not. 

We build our members’ skills and capacity.

We enable them to speak with a united voice and campaign for changes to public policy.

And we provide expert advice and guidance for anyone wanting to include Britain’s 1.5 million Pakistanis in discussions about education, training, employment, health, crime and justice, arts and culture and community affairs.

NPO Board

Dr Mohammed Ali OBE

Dr Mohammed Ali OBE


Mohammed Ali is the founder and chief executive of QED Foundation ( www.qed-uk.org) which he set up in 1990.

He has first-hand experience of the challenging facing ethnic minority communities in UK, having arrived in the UK unable to speak English at the age of 12. After studying at a language centre for immigrants, he went on to gain a degree in applied chemistry and a diploma in business administration. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bradford in 1997 and the OBE for services to ethnic minorities in 2001.

Mohammed Ali currently holds, or has held in the past, many offices and appointments including membership of the DWP Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder and Home Office Earned Citizenship Strategic advisory groups, European Migration Forum, University of Bradford Council, York St. John’s University Council, and elected board member of Association of Chief Executive of Voluntary Organisations and Employment Related Services Association. Numerous accolades have included the Dan Fodio Award for Excellence in Community Development and the Beacon Prize.

Adeeba Malik CBE

Adeeba Malik CBE

Vice Chair

Adeeba is the deputy chief executive of QED Foundation where she supports the chief executive in running the organisation. She joined QED in 1992 after being a school teacher for a year.

She has held many ministerial and non-ministerial appointments on national boards including the Women and Work Commission and British Waterways. She chaired the National Ethnic Minority Business Forum. Adeeba has served on the Advisory Board on Naturalisation and Immigration, the National Clinical Assessment Authority and the Green Deal Women’s Panel.

Appointments included board member at regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, governor of Sheffield Hallam University and director of Northern Ballet.

She is currently board member of Bradford City of Cultures and Home Office Strategic Race Advisory Board.  board and a member of The Cabinet Office Race Disparity Advisory Group.

Adeeba Malik was awarded the MBE for her work with ethnic minorities and businesses and the CBE for services to community cohesion.

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Pakistanis in Britain (Census 2011)


of British Pakistanis live in the most deprived 10% of neighbourhoods, compared with 9% of whites.

Estimated Pakistani-led not-for-profit organisations across the UK


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