Members of the Management Board 

Selina Ullah

President

Selina, co-founder of the ICLS, played an important role in setting up the ICLS in Bradford, engaging young Muslim women in particular, participating as organiser and resource person for the seminars and facilitating various meetings (advisory, Management Board, etc.) She has extensive senior management and board level experience in both the statutory and NGO sector at a local and national level. Selina is Chair of Keighley Asian Women and Children's Centre which was highlighted in an independent report to the Government (Lord Ousley's report) as an example of good practice on diversity and multicultural work. Selina is trustee of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Memorial Trust and patron of the Ahmed Iqbal Race Relations Archive situated in Manchester University. She is also on the Board of Directors of Keighley SRB, Keighley College, Manningham Housing Association, Active Faith Communities, Common Purpose and a Commissioner for the Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia and trustee of the Uniting Britain Trust. Selina has worked in the National Health Service since 1993. She has worked as a Project Manager, Facilitator, Primary Care Development Manager and a Planning Manager before moving to work in the Community Health provider sector in 1998 to work in policy development with lead responsibility for equality and diversity issues. For 18 months she also managed mental health services for a sector covering 150, 000 people and budget of approximately £1.5M. In 2002 Selina took up the position of Head of Partnerships and Diversity with Bradford District Care Trust, a public sector organisation providing services to approximately 1.5 m people with an annual budget of £70M. Selina is an experienced trainer and facilitator on women's issues, managing multi-ethnic communities, change management and broader equality and diversity issues.

Guido Orlandini

Secretary General

Guido, co-founder of the ICLS, has been playing a crucial role in the registration and institutionalisation of the ICLS. He was Manager of Language Services at IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development, a United Nations specialized agency). An economist with special focus on Development Economics and process re-engineering, he is also a Chartered Accountant and Auditor, and has worked both in the private sector and for international organisations, including 15 years at the Council of Europe. He has carried out a number of assignments for IFAD, including (April/May 2002) field work in Sierra Leone concerning the post-conflict situation in that country, preparing a Technical Assistance Grant for the Agricultural sector. On the Board of Auditors of a number of Limited Companies in Italy, he has a long experience in the Italian Administrative, Tax and Company law, where in the past he has been a full-time self-employed consultant.

Guido Fraietta

Member

Guido is an Engineer and an expert of IT Communication and New Media. He works in the Italian Central Bank and he is a member of the ICLS management board on a volunteer (non-profit) basis. He is a former ICLS alumnus of an ICLS Seminar held in Rome in year 2005. He is active in inter-religious dialogue between Christians, Muslims and Jews as a member of the "Finestra per il Medio Oriente" association.

Nazim Ali

Member

Nazim is an alumnus from the 2005 Bradford ICLS seminar and has remained a keen supporter ever since. He hails from the Manningham area of Bradford synonymous with the social unrest in 1995 and 2001, and has over 15 years of community development experience gained from proactively engaging in multiple initiatives on the local, national and international arenas serving on a number of boards. In 2011 he was voted 'Community Champion' by the Bradford public in recognition of his unstinting community service. He has carried out a number of fund-raising initiatives for humanitarian causes by running marathons and leading charity mountain treks for which he has received widespread media exposure. Nazim is General Secretary of the Naqshbandia Active Development Association (NADA) which is an Islamic organisation with an ethos of community capacity building and interfaith development, has been at the forefront of interfaith football tournaments and in raising £500,000 for a purpose built Masjid in Bradford built in just 6 months in 2010. Since 2009 he has served as a lay member on the West Yorkshire Advisory Committee for which he has interviewed candidates wanting to become Magistrates. Nazim has also been a volunteer Football Coach with Fairbank United since 2007. He has an BSC (Honours) degree in History and Politics (University of Bradford), Masters degree in Management (University of York) and a Professional Careers Qualification. By profession Nazim is a Careers Adviser working in several mainstream Bradford District schools advising 13-19 year olds on their Post 16 and University options. He has attended multiple leadership courses, in Serbia, Macedonia and the University of Oxford among others, has worked closely with all sections of society and is respected for his accomplishments to date and as a Community Leader.

 

Former members of the Management Board

Geza Tessenyi

President (2002-2011)

Geza was the initiator and founder of the ICLS and, since October 2001, has been occupied full time with developing the concept, building the alliances and gathering the necessary political support for establishing the ICLS. In October 2002, the School was registered under Italian law. He was responsible for the Asylum Law Unit of the Council of Europe (1992-2001) and, as Secretary to the intergovernmental legal expert committee on refugees, took part in drafting intergovernmental recommendations for the development of new concepts in European refugee law such as temporary and subsidiary protection. He represented the Secretary General at various United Nations, European and transatlantic fora negotiating standards and intergovernmental legal and policy documents (CIS Conference, Kosovo, Stability Pact) and participated in legislative assistance and capacity building in the new democracies. Geza also initiated, designed and administered the pilot phase of the Democratic Leadership Programme (1996-98) in cooperation with the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly and the Cabinet of the SG. Within 14 months, the DLP trained 90 young Serb, Croat, Bosnian, Russian, Estonian and Finnish leaders. Previously, he worked at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights of Utrecht University, at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and at public and private organisations dealing with intellectual property and financial law in Hungary. He has a law degree cum laude (ELTE University, Budapest) and attended post graduate courses on International Law in The Hague, on refugee assistance at Oxford (Queen Elizabeth House) and on leadership for the 21st century at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In 2011, Geza resigned as President and member of the ICLS to set up The Intercivil Society (London) to complement the European work of the ICLS through developing civic leadership capacity in different parts of the world where climate change, conflict or poverty calls for intercultural leadership as a source of good governance of diversity. Geza and Mansoor have, accordingly, become founding Directors of the Society. There is an ongoing management coordination system in place through weekly Joint Management Council meetings between the ICLS and the Society.