Our Team

Founder and CEO

Onjali Q. Raúf

Onjali launched Making Herstory following the murder of her beloved aunt, Mumtahina 'Ruma' Jannat in 2011. She was shortlisted for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize (2014); the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (2018), and noted by BBC 100 Women (2019) for her efforts in the women’s rights field. An alumni of the Cambridge Senior Faith in Leadership Programme, she is also a Sunday Times bestselling children's author. In 2018, she published her first children's book, The Boy at the Back of the Class which went on to win the Waterstones and Blue Peter Book Awards, and in 2019, published The Star Outside My Window, a story highlighting the impact of domestic violence upon children. 

Twitter: @OnjaliRauf


Remona Aly

Remona is a freelance journalist, commentator and broadcaster with a focus on faith, lifestyle and identity. She writes for The Guardian and various other media outlets and is a regular contributor for BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought, and BBC Radio 4's Something Understood. She is also the Campaigns Director for the Exploring Islam Foundation.

Twitter: @RemonaAly


The Revd. Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy

The Revd. Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy is the first Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Mission and Ministry Enabler for the Leicester Diocese. Formally the Vicar of St Aidan’s Anglican Church in Gravesend, Kent, he is also a Trustee of Initiatives of Change, a global organisation working to inspire, equip and connect people to play their part in building a better society.

Twitter: @Lustherev


Jessica Schembri

Jessica Schembri is Assistant Head of the Upper Prep School and Senior School at the nationally renowned Cranmore Independent Day School. With specialisms in French and Italian, she is a graduate of  both St Mary’s University and Royal Holloway, University of London. She has always loved working with children and is deeply passionate about the rights of, and equality of access for, women and girls. 


The Revd. Michaela Youngson

The Revd. Michaela Youngson is former President-elect of the Methodist Conference; the Chair of the London District of the Methodist Church and a Methodist Minister. She is passionate about the role of women in society and the wellbeing of women and girls. She is also an author and regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought

Twitter: @Stphotina

Legal Advisor

Wasif Mahmood

Wasif is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team of Simon, Muirhead & Burton. He was the former Legal Director of Shakespeare Martineau, London and former Head of Commercial Litigation at Malletts. His previous works include working with Amnesty International and delivering social cohesion programmes, and currently works to support 300 children through primary education in Pakistan. 

Former Trustee

Satdeep Grewal

Satdeep is an independent freelance artist and filmmaker. She was formerly the senior consultant in the New Philanthropy Capital’s measurement and evaluation team, and an Impact Evaluation Analyst at Citizens Advice UK. We loved having Satdeep's invaluable insights and inputs into how to grow and strengthen our works...