Abir Tuqan, was born in Jaffa, Palestine and educated initially in Switzerland and later England. A member of Middle Temple, Inns of Court School of Law, London, Tuqan was called to the Bar in 1973 and later specialized in Islamic Law at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), London University. Tuqan practiced Civil Law in London and Commercial Law in Kuwait after marrying in 1975. Whilst living and working in Kuwait she was one of the early members of Al Sadu, an association for the preservation of local culture & weaving. In the late 1970s Tuqan was closely involved with the Script writer Franco Solinas & director Costa Gavras to develop the idea & production of a major international film on the Palestinian Israeli conflict. The film, Hanna K was first inaugurated at the Venice Film Festival in September 1983. She continues to be interested in all matters relating to Palestine and is passionate about art and culture. Tuqan brings extensive experience as an advisor and trustee, having been a member of the Board of the Council of Anglo Arab Understanding (CAABU), the Arab British Centre, and the Jordan River Foundation. Most recently Tuqan continues to be actively involved with the Spafford Children Centre and as a member of the Board of Patrons of Art Dubai, brings a great deal of expertise to the Barakat Trust, for which she has actively assisted in a number of fund raising events in London.
Over 30 years of experience in the public and voluntary sector, supporting a wide range of voluntary organisations and groups to achieve future sustainability. 20 years of consultancy advice related to organisational and strategic development of charities and social enterprises, enabling them to achieve their full potential through engagement, facilitation and strategic planning as well as a focus on change and transformation management.
Mick is a Full Certificated Member MInstF (Cert) of the professional body, the Institute of Fundraising, Member of the Consultants for Good network and Lloyds Bank Foundation consultant. He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Professional Diploma in Management from the Open University Business School, UK.