Who we are

Who we are

Who We Are

  • Human Relief Foundation (HRF) is an International Non-Governmental Organisation registered with the UK Charity Commission (1126281). Launched in 1991, HRF seeks to promote sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities through relief and developmental programmes, supporting them to build a better life and find their own solutions to global problems.

    For over two decades HRF has been instrumental in helping to save lives and relieve human suffering in some of the poorest regions of the world.

    HRF provides emergency relief and assistance to people caught up in extraordinary, life-threatening situations. With seven permanent relief offices strategically located around the world (Bradford, Amman, Baghdad, Mosul, Islamabad, Kartoum, London and Paris), HRF is actively providing global assistance whenever and wherever it is needed. The organisation works on the principal of development cooperation with those in difficult circumstances, in order to build a better life and offer them the chance to find their own solutions to local and global problems through conflict transformation learning and skills support programmes.

    Human Relief Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees and run by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers. The foundation is internationally recognised and in April 2003 was granted Special Consulative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. HRF is a signatory of the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and has a partnership agreement with the European Commission Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). It is also a member of the British Overseas National Development Forum (BOND).

Our Vision & Mission

  • Vision

    Human Relief Foundation (HRF) envisions a world in which every man, woman and child can enjoy an empowered life in security, dignity and with equal opportunities, in which the basic requirements of all people are fulfilled.


    Our mission is to achieve lasting improvement in the quality of life of all people, regardless of their gender, race, religion, class or political affiliation, by mobilising resources, building partnerships and developing local capacities to:

    • Enable individuals, groups and communities to mitigate the effects of disaster and crises, prepare for their occurrence and provide humanitarian relief and recovery;
    • Assist the disadvantaged in becoming self-reliant by developing their own solutions to development challenges and creating sustainable livelihoods;
    • Promote sustainable development and address the root causes of conflict through programmes that target education, shelter, water and sanitation, health and nutrition and humanitarian dialogue;
    • Support the vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised and enable them to voice their needs;
    • Build local capacities.

    HRF is directing its activities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Board of Trustees

  • HRF is governed by a five-member Board of Trustees:


    Dr. Haytham Al-Khaffaf

    Mr. Wael Musabbeh

    Mr. Fareed Bahjat Sabri

    Mr. Mohanned Rahman

    Dr. Haitham Al-Rawi

Our Staff

  • Dr. Nabeel Ramadhani – President

    Dr Nabeel is an original founding member of HRF. His academic credentials include a BSC and MSC in Construction Engineering from the University of Mosul in Iraq and a PHD from the University of Bradford. He has been employed by Human Relief Foundation sine 1994.

    Dr Nabeel’s activities within Human Relief Foundation include forging relations with the United Nations and other funding bodies. He has initiated hugely beneficial strategic partnerships with numerous aid organisations, health care providers and government bodies. Dr Nabeel regularly attends and speaks at relevant humanitarian and charitable conferences. This effective facilitation has enabled HRF to successfully deliver aid and support to those most in need.

    Kassim Tokan – Deputy Chief Executive Officer

    With a Bachelors degree in psychology from the United Arab Emirates University, Kassim is the UK lead on all Middle Eastern projects and directs HRF’s global Orphan and Family Sponsorship programmes. He joined HRF as an administrative employee in 1996.

    Kassim is also responsible for the management if HRF’s branches and has supervisory responsibilities in a number of key departments.

    Dr Ahmad Alsammari – Middle East Fundraising and Donor Care Manager

    Dr Ahmad joined Human Relief Foundation in 1998 with a PHD in Mineral Engineering. He is responsible for sourcing and facilitating funding for projects in the Middle East. His experience and skills contributed excessively to HRF’s vocational training of Iraqi women, as well as to the supply of emergency aid to those affected by the floods in Pakistan in 2010.

    Dr. Salah Daak - International Programmes and Field Office Manager

    Dr Salah is a qualified medical practitioner with a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT). He is currently working in Eastern Africa, where he is responsible for operations management of our current programmes.

Our Supporters

  • HRF works with global relief organisations such as:



    HRF’s financial and other support comes from a wide range of individuals and institutions. Without this support, none of our work would be possible. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank all individuals and organisations that have made our work possible since we began in 1991. A special thanks goes to those who have supported us with funds and other financial and in-kind donations over the course of the years. Continued funding helps us to respond to emergency situations, strengthen our existing work, and provide support to people in need worldwide.

    Our institutional supporters