Our Team

  • Sir Stephen O’Brien CBE
    Sir Stephen O’Brien CBEPresident

    Sir Stephen O’Brien is President of Unitas Communications. He is also Chairman of Tower Hamlets PCT, International Health Partners, Carl Jenner Productions/Unicorn Children’s Theatre Trust, NCH Leadership Board and Deputy Chairman of Woods River Cruises.

    • Muddassar Ahmed
      Muddassar AhmedManaging Partner

      Muddassar leads Unitas Communications, in addition he is also the President of the Concordia Forum, the Chairman of Unitas Risk, a Fellow at the German Marshall Fund and on Advisory Boards at the Faiths Forum for London, Atlantic Council (US), ENAM (Greece), IAYP (US), ISTAC (Malaysia) and IRM (Pakistan).

      • Shiraz Ahmad
        Shiraz AhmadPartner

        Shiraz is a Partner at Unitas Communications, where he’s lead on projects for the NHS, the Arianne De Rothschild Foundation, the British Council  and RSPN (Pakistan).  Shiraz also serves on the board of Unitas Risk, a political risk and business intelligence consultancy.

        • Burhan Zafar
          Burhan ZafarManaging Director - Unitas Risk

          Burhan Zafar is the Managing Director and co-founder of Unitas Risk. He has personally managed hundreds of business intelligence cases and political risk assessments and has headed up high profile investigations  for the organisation in different jurisdictions. Specialising in the MENA and South Asia regions, he has  delivered projects for clients in Finance, Energy, Legal, Government and the Corporate sector. He holds a degree in Politics and International Relations from The University of Kent and a Masters’ in War Studies from Kings College London.

          • Zahed Amanullah
            Zahed AmanullahConsultant

            Zahed Amanullah serves as a Consultant at Unitas Communications. He was formerly Associate Director at the Robert Bird Group, a multinational engineering consultancy. He is also the former Executive Editor of altmuslim.com and has served on the Board of Directors for American Halal, a ground-breaking food industry start-up.

            • Professor Joseph E Connolly
              Professor Joseph E ConnollyInternational Liaison Advisor

              Professor Joseph E Connolly is distinguished Professor of Finance and Management at The Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chausees in Paris. Prior to that he was the Willard Brown Distinguished Professor of Global and Islamic Finance at the American University In Cairo.

              • Elina Kuusio
                Elina KuusioOffice Manager and Personal Assistant

                Elina Kuusio is an Office Manager and Personal Assistant at Unitas Communications. Besides managing the office and assisting the partners’ diary and travel planning, she conducts communications research and provides public relations support. Prior to joining Unitas, Elina worked as a Development and Programme Intern at Salzburg Global Seminar. She has an MSc in Security Studies from University College London (UCL), and a BA in Politics and Media from Bournemouth University.

                • Chris Hamill-Stewart
                  Chris Hamill-StewartConsultant

                  Chris serves as a Consultant for Unitas Communications, having joined from the policy intelligence team at Brussels-based Politico, and serving previous Communications roles across the UK, mainland Europe and North Africa.

                  • Sharaiz Chaudhry
                    Sharaiz ChaudhryResearch Analyst

                    Sharaiz is a Research Analyst at Unitas Risk and has worked on projects across the Middle East and South Asia. He also works as a Section Editor for the online comment site, The Platform and has an MSc in Middle East Politics from SOAS and an MA in Islamic Law from The Islamic College.

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