IslamismJanuary 18 2023, 10:55 am

Global Muslim Brotherhood Charity CEO Participates in Davos World Economic Forum

In a Jan­u­ary 16, 2023, Twit­ter post, Islam­ic Relief World­wide (IRW) CEO Waseem Ahmad announced his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 2023 Annu­al Meet­ing of the World Eco­nom­ic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzer­land. Accord­ing to the post:

I’m in Davos this week for #WorldE­co­nom­ic­Fo­rum. Our world faces unprece­dent­ed chal­lenges – ris­ing inequal­i­ty, cli­mate change, glob­al hunger. I’m here to explore ways for bet­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion + inno­va­tion with pri­vate sec­tor so we can find fair & last­ing solu­tions #WEF #Davos2023

Read the post here.

This year’s WEF Annu­al Meet­ing, titled “Coop­er­a­tion in a Frag­ment­ed World,” takes place from Jan­u­ary 16–20, 2023, and brings togeth­er 2,700 politi­cians, busi­ness peo­ple, and civ­il soci­ety lead­ers from 130 coun­tries, includ­ing 52 heads of state or gov­ern­ment. Found­ed in 1971, the WEF is one the world’s largest and most influ­en­tial lob­by­ing orga­ni­za­tions. It describes itself as engag­ing “the fore­most polit­i­cal, busi­ness, cul­tur­al and oth­er lead­ers of soci­ety to shape glob­al, region­al and indus­try agen­das.” The WEF, and Klaus Schwab in par­tic­u­lar, are reg­u­lar­ly tar­get­ed by far-right con­spir­a­cy the­o­rists and the Glob­al Nation­al Con­ser­v­a­tive Alliance (GNCA) over alle­ga­tions of seek­ing to imple­ment rad­i­cal glob­al poli­cies such as forced vac­ci­na­tion, dig­i­tal ID cards, and the renun­ci­a­tion of pri­vate property.

Waseem Ahmad, who joined IRW 20 years ago as a Pro­gram Offi­cer in the Balochis­tan province of south­west­ern Pak­istan, has been serv­ing as CEO since May 2021. Accord­ing to Ahmad, he par­tic­i­pat­ed in a civ­il soci­ety ses­sion with WEF Founder and Exec­u­tive Chair­man Klaus Schwab, dis­cussing the role of faith orga­ni­za­tions and reli­gious com­mu­ni­ties in respond­ing to the world’s big crises and lay­ing out how they can col­lab­o­rate on inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to end glob­al hunger. Ahmad also said he par­tic­i­pat­ed in a ses­sion with Philip­pines Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos Jr. about improv­ing food secu­ri­ty and nutrition.

Islam­ic Relief World­wide is a UK-based inter­na­tion­al char­i­ty orga­ni­za­tion whose senior man­age­ment has includ­ed many Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood (GMB) lead­ers. Estab­lished in 1984, IRW co-founders includ­ed Essam El-Had­dad, a senior Egypt­ian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood mem­ber who lat­er became an advis­er to Egypt­ian Pres­i­dent Mohammed Mor­si, and Hany El-Ban­na, who lat­er found­ed the Mus­lim Char­i­ties Forum (MCF), which was stripped of UK pub­lic fund­ing over its ties to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and Hamas. A for­mer long-time IRW trustee is Ibrahim El-Zay­at, a leader in both the Euro­pean and the Ger­man Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. El-Zay­at was also a trustee of the Ger­man branch of Islam­ic Relief and is cur­rent­ly a board mem­ber of Islam­ic Relief Aus­tralia. For­mer IRW chair of trustees Lamia El-Amri is a for­mer Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Forum of Mus­lim Women, part of the Coun­cil of Euro­pean Muslims.

In Novem­ber 2020, the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) iden­ti­fied the father of a Dutch par­lia­men­tary can­di­date as a Mus­lim Broth­er­hood leader and Islam­ic Relief CEO in that coun­try. In Decem­ber 2020, the GIOR report­ed that the Ger­man gov­ern­ment had stopped all fund­ing for Islam­ic Relief Ger­many, like­ly due to its ties to the GMB.




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