We empower people who are displaced by involving them in the process of providing urgent aid and basic necessities with dignity and equity.
We're proud to be
A female-led project, spearheaded by female founder Ruhi Akhtar, who set up and continues to run the organisation.
A community-led organisation with a field team consisting of 80% people from the refugee and asylum seeking community, representing 10+ countries
An organisation governed and advised by experts with backgrounds in forced displacement, members of the LGBTQ+ community & those in the global majority.
Meet the team
CEO & Founder
Refugee Biriyani and Bananas is made possible by our large family of volunteers and supporters who join us to deliver aid and work in solidarity with communities that are forcibly displaced. Their energy and enthusiasm makes all our projects possible.
Ex Lord Mayor of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Newcastle Upon Tyne Councillor. Founder & Trustee of Rohingya Action North East and The Monu Dorji Foundation. Human Rights Campaigner and Key Member of Show Racism the Red Card.
Onjali Q. Rauf
Best Selling British Author of ‘The Boy in the Back of the Class’ and other children’s books. Founder of Non Governmental organisations Making Herstory and O’s Refugee Aid Team. Human Rights Campaigner and Woman’s Rights Activist.
Internationally Renowned Author of ‘The Lightless Sky.’ A best seller on the life of Gulwali who travelled from Afghanistan to the UK to eventually receive refugee status. Human Rights Activist and Charity Trustee for Refugee and Afghan Rights.