Our Staff Team

Meet Our Team

 Evariste Tshindo 

 Director of Projects 

Evariste was a passionate young political and civil / human rights activist in his home country before being forced into exile in the UK. He founded AIG with like-minded political refugees who were all esteemed and recognised top professionals in their fields in their home countries. The group included doctors, lawyers, politicians, corporate directors and NGO managers.

Following their experiences as refugees in the UK, the frustrations, the lack of access and knowledge to access essential supporting services, they set up AIG to fill this gap. Evariste has since led the organisation and acted as its director with great success.

AIG is now recognised and respected as a foremost local charity in the city of Leicester, county and region.

Evariste is also leading the development of AIG’s international work. He is Prince2 accredited.

“Overslept & missed picture day”

Said Salim

Services and Operations Manager

Said has extensive experience as an analyst in geopolitical affairs, political and security risk analysis, and as a specialist in military-security affairs, in particular, in country-specific matters including terrorism and counter terrorism. He has been able to bring his vast experience and knowledge based on his work with international NGOs to aid the development of AIG and to provide exemplar support for its service users. 

Said has worked with UNHCR, OIM, Amnesty International, FCDO, Home Office, UK Government, MPs and City Mayors in support of ordinary people in local communities, especially those who lack representation or who are marginalised 

Fatma Ahmed

Project Support officer. 

Our senior caseworker specialises in dealing with housing and homelessness, welfare, debt management, EU settlement schemes and immigration. She is the most compassionate staff member in our team who has the ability to connect with our service users on a personal level. She is also our Project Organiser and takes a leading role while organising Office events throughout the year. 

Zeena Said

Our New ‘Small Projects Officer

Zeena specialises in supporting our small projects and programmes. This includes recent work on our Futures funded programme to help service users get back into employment, input into our hate crime initiative and working alongside the local DWP. She also has considerable experience of working with BAME communities around the issue of mental health and learning disabilities issues. 

Zeena commenced with AIG as a graduate intern and work placement, and has now secured a permanent role after impressing senior staff with her discipline and hard work.

Chris Shaw

Independent Senior Consultant

Chris supports AIG with strategy development and major fundraising opportunities offering assistance to all staff as required.