Nasima Begum

Programme Officer

Initially working in a partnership with Real DPO and The Young Foundation, Nasima moved over in October 2020 and will continue working on Communities Driving Change in her role heading up our inclusion approach, as well as activities on the Collingwood estate near Whitechapel.

Nasima has been working in community development for 19 years, mostly in Tower Hamlets but also abroad, in various capacities and specialises in disability inclusion. This has included work with Apasen International, DfiD, Gaza Aid convoy, and Made in Europe where she was deployed to Bosnia to work alongside survivors of the Srebrenica genocide. She also co-founded her own organisation – Awaaz Language Link – proving specialist services in Tower Hamlets and wider boroughs to bridge cultural misconceptions and address barriers between vulnerable families and professionals. Prior to joining CDC, Nasima worked to shape services to be more accessible as part of the National Autistic Society (NAS). She has also developed national tools in Sylheti for NHS England as well for NAS. 

Nasima’s core value of justice is the driving force behind all she does, and we see this every day in her work on CDC. Not only does she work alongside residents to promote improved health and wellbeing through fantastic initiatives such as a recent food insecurity project at Collingwood Hall, but she is a central voice challenging the systemic issues which create health inequalities in the communities we work with. 

When she’s not working on CDC, Nasima is busy completing her studies at UEL in International Development with NGO Management.