Staff Team


Dr Omar Khan

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Omar is Runnymede's Director. Prior to this he was Runnymede's Head of Policy and led the financial inclusion programme.

Omar's other advisory positions include chair of Olmec, chair of the Ethnicity Strand Advisory Group to Understanding Society, chair of the advisory group of the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity at the University of Manchester, Commissioner on the Financial Inclusion Commission and a member of the 2014 REF assessment, the 2011 Census, and the UK representative (2009-2013) on the European Commission’s Socio-economic network of experts. Omar was previously a Governor at the University of East London and a 2012 Clore Social Leadership Fellow.

Omar is the author of Financial Inclusion and Ethnicity; Caring and Earning Among Low-income Caribbean, Pakistani and Somali People; Who Pays to Access Cash?; Why Do Assets Matter?; A Sense of Place; and The Costs of ‘Returning’ Home.

Omar has also published many articles and reports on political theory and British political history for Runnymede for over a decade and has spoken on topics including multiculturalism, integration, socio-economic disadvantage, and positive action. These include giving evidence to the United Nations in Geneva, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, academic conferences in Manchester, Oxford, Paris, and Warsaw, the CRE Race Convention, the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights, a Treasury/DFID conference on remittances, St George’s House (Windsor Castle), Wilton Park, and many other engagements in the UK and Europe.

Omar completed his DPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford, a Masters in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters in South Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.



Dr Zubaida Haque

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Zubaida is Runnymede's Deputy Director.

She has a strong research and policy background in educational attainments, ethnic minorities and employment, equality within prisons, integration and extremism. Zubaida has recently worked on projects with teaching unions and the EHRC on barriers for BME teachers in their career progression, and identifying what works with tackling prejudice and unlawful behavior.

Zubaida has worked for several government departments, Think Tanks and Universities including the former Department for Education and Skills, the Department of Communities and Local Government, the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Westminster University, Greenwich University, Demos and more recently NOMS. Zubaida has published widely and recent reports include ‘Improving outcomes for BME prisoners to improve equality, safety and decency in prison’ (NOMS), ‘Understanding and addressing self-inflicted deaths in prison amongst those aged 18-24’ (IAP Deaths in Custody) and ‘What works with integrating new migrants’(DCLG) and ‘The changing landscape of equalities, cohesion and public services (Commission on 2020 PST).

Zubaida has also directly been involved in several panels and commissions including The Commission on Multi-Ethnic Britain (2000), Oldham Independent Review (2001), Community Cohesion Independent Review (2001) and the Commission on 2020 Public Services Trust.

Zubaida has a BA Hons (Economics) from Manchester University, an MSc in Educational Research from Oxford University and a PhD in Education from Cambridge University.


Nina Kelly

Nina is Online Editor for Runnymede and manages the Race Matters blog

Beginning her career in journalism, Nina has written for Time Out, the Guardian and the Independent among others. 

For many years now she has focused her energy on providing strategic communications for non-profits, with a particular focus on equalities and human rights issues. 

Nina worked extensively in the UK women's sector, providing communications leadership for the Women's Resource Centre and the Million Women Rise campaign, as well as being the author of ActionAid UK's 2014 communications strategy focused on violence against women and girls.

She then ran the communications for international LGBT human rights org the Human Dignity Trust for several years.

Nina holds a First Class Honours Degree in English Literature and Italian from the University of Manchester and professional NCTJ qualifications in Media Law, News Writing and Shorthand.


Carol Sidney

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Carol is Runnymede's Office Manager & Project Manager Common Cause Networks.

She has had a long and varied career working in administration in a variety of different employment sectors including transport, housing and the creative industries. In her last role, Carol worked for a commercial bus operator, and before that, a theatre management charity.

As a very active person, Carol has freelanced for the Arts Council, organised a community film production and screening at the Tricycle Cinema and volunteered on the management board of a housing co-op for more than 10 years. She has a Masters from University of Westminster, but has also returned to academic study this year, and is completing an MRes in Media and Communications.


Kimberly McIntosh

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Kimberly is the Senior Policy Officer at the Runnymede Trust and Race on the Agenda (ROTA). 

Previously Kimberly worked for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) as their Trainee Policy and Public Services Officer. Here, she worked on their Freedom of Information response and managed the ‘Day in the Life’ scheme with the Civil Service.

Kimberly holds a Master’s degree in International Migration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and a First Class Honours Degree in History from the University of Manchester. For her Master’s thesis, Kimberly explored the relationship between integration and identity of the Jamaican diaspora in the UK and Jamaica’s development policy.



Laurie Mompelat

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Laurie is Runnymede’s Research Analyst. They work jointly for Runnymede and CLASS on the upcoming ‘Race and Class’ project.

Previously, they have worked on Runnymede’s Common Cause Networks and on the Southern Africa Development Community Basic Income Grant Campaign for the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (Johannesburg). They also contributed to a multidimensional inequality framework as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (LSE).

They hold a first class honours undergraduate degree in ‘Social Sciences’ from Sciences Po Paris and a master's in ‘Inequalities and Social Science’ from the London School of Economics. They are also co-founder of the ‘Decolonising Sexuality Festival’. For their master’s thesis, they researched ‘Placemaking as an avenue for intersectional empowerment’, which was a case study of London’s Queer and Trans People of Colour community.




Rahul Verma

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Rahul is Runnymede's Communications Manager and is the person to contact for any media requests.

Rahul has extensive experience as a journalist covering culture and diaspora stories for titles including The Guardian, The Independent, The Economist and BBC Culture. He's an experienced editor (The Independent, Metro, VSO's editorial project Kin, RightsInfo) and has also produced radio documentaries for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 1 and SOAS Radio.

Rahul has an MA in South Asian Area Studies from SOAS and an Honours degree in Communication Studies and Politics from the University of Liverpool. His master's thesis explored the spread of Hindu nationalism amongst middle class Hindus in the UK.



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