Management and supervision

The Swiss Zakat Foundation has an independent structure with its own board of trustees. Our organization follows the 21 standards of good conduct, called ZEWO standards, for the management of its operations.
Also, the day-to-day management of the Swiss Foundation for Zakat and its supervision are separated. The supervisory task is the responsibility of the Federal Supervisory Authority for Foundations.
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Executive Director Saâd Dhif

Saâd Dhif is the Executive Director of the Swiss Foundation for Zakat. Born and raised in Fribourg, Switzerland, Saâd completed his Masters in Political Economy at the University of Fribourg and the University of Ottawa in Canada. He worked in the banking sector (Business Development) before joining the foundation. Saâd is also an officer in the Swiss Army where he is currently a captain and company commander.

Board of Trustees

The Foundation Council fully supervises the policy of the management, tests the activities and results against this policy and monitors the overall situation of the organization. The Foundation Council also checks whether the policy is in line with Islamic rules and guidelines. The members of the Foundation Council do not receive any financial compensation. The tasks of the Foundation Council are defined in the statutes. The members of the Foundation Council are appointed for a period of three years. They are chosen for their specific expertise, skills and network.

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Muhammed Yesilhark

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

  • Investment and finance professional.
  • Philanthropist
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Lina Awilé

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

  • M.Sc Psychology UNIFR
  • Medical student UNIFR
  • Social worker
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Volkan Dogu

Member of the foundation board

  • Private client advisor in insurance
  • Captain in the Swiss Army within the PPS
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Azim Kidwai

Member of the foundation board

  • Expert in philanthropy and charity work
  • Advisor to the United Nations

Näder El-Khabiri

Member of the Foundation Board

  • Independent insurance advisor
  • Trainer of apprentices in Bern

Our Experts

In its various fields of activity, the SZF relies on local experts in the field.

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Dr. Mostafa Brahami

A physicist by training, Dr Mostafa Brahami taught physics at the University in Algeria until 1993. He then completed a doctorate in economics in Lausanne, which he obtained in 2003. He has taught and lived in Lausanne for more than twenty years. Dr. Mostafa Brahami has written numerous works on Zakat, Islamic jurisprudence and funeral rites. Dr. Mostafa Brahami is also an imam and chaplain in hospitals (CHUV). (Image: ©protestinfo)

Dr. Baptiste Brodard

Dr. Baptiste Brodard, a native of Fribourg and Gruyere, completed his Bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Paris VIII (France) and his Master’s degree in social science (social work and social policy) at the University of Fribourg in 2011. He obtained his PhD in 2020 at the University of Fribourg in the framework of the doctoral programme “Islam and Society: Islamic-theological studies” of the Swiss Centre for Islam and Society. Dr. Baptiste Brodard began his career as a social worker in prisons and in Parisian housing estates before continuing it in the Canton of Geneva. (Image: ©UNIFR)
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The Swiss Zakat Foundation is a member of proFonds, the umbrella association of Swiss non-profit foundations. ProFonds facilitates the exchange of knowledge and experience between charitable organizations and enables the SZF to add value to the Swiss foundation landscape.

World Zakat Forum

The Swiss Zakat Foundation is also a member of the World Zakat Forum (WZF), the largest global zakat forum with 38 affiliated countries. Since 2007, it has been the center for leadership, innovation and knowledge sharing. Starting in 2019, WZF has entered into a strategic partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to maximize zakat’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

NZF Worldwide

In order to learn from other existing Zakat foundations, we have strategically partnered with specialized Zakat foundations in the UK, Holland, Australia and Canada. These foundations have been in existence for more than 10 years and have achieved tremendous success in their local societies. We support and strengthen each other in terms of knowledge, expertise and networking (joint research and knowledge sharing).

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