Rawan Abdulla - Policy Officer

Rawan Abdulla holds an LLB from the London School of Economics and an LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from SOAS. She has previously worked in local government in a unit set up to tackle the high rate of permanent exclusions in primary schools in the Borough of Hackney and in the international students’ admission department in a higher education college. Her research interests include human rights, critical legal studies and liberation theology.

Rawan Abdulla

Baroness Berridge - Project Director

Baroness Berridge has been a Conservative Member of the House of Lords since 2011. In addition to her work with CIFoRB, she co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief and is a member of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, she worked as a barrister for nine years before directing the Conservative Christian Fellowship for five years.

Baroness Berridge of the Vale of Catmose

Professor Monica Duffy Toft - Principal Investigator 

Professor Toft is one of the leading international experts in the field of religion and politics, with an outstanding track record in terms of consultancy, education and publication, and a passionate interest in FoRB. She will serve the CIFoRB team as its core academic advisor, mentoring the postdoctoral fellow and guiding their research, delivering educational content at a variety of events, advising the Commonwealth Commission and helping to underpin and guarantee the academic credibility of CIFoRB’s work in collaboration with the Cadbury Centre. She will also play a highly significant role in offering expert support, guidance and counsel to individual parliamentarians, which will draw directly on her extensive experience as an advisor to world leaders in the field of religion and politics.

Professor Monica Toft

Angela Garvey Hammond - Media and Public Relations

A former BBC Business presenter and reporter Angela Garvey Hammond has extensive experience in journalism and international relations, working throughout Europe and New York. Prior to joining CIFoRB she managed publications and events at the Franco-British Council working with the British Ambassador in Paris and the French Ambassador in London as well as senior politicians and policy experts on both sides of the Channel to promote a stronger relationship between Britain and France. Angela has lectured at the University of Brighton training students in news gathering and current affairs, and has written extensively for INSEAD, Paris.

Angela Garvey Hammond

Harriet Hoffler - Head of Research 

Harriet Hoffler is Head of Research at CiFORB and holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in international human rights law along with extensive practitioner experience, both field based and desk based, in the freedom of religion or belief. She has worked previously as a research fellow and lead researcher on multi-national European Commission projects with a particular emphasis on the application of international and regional human rights and the freedom of religion or belief for minority protection in South Asia and Europe. She has undertaken numerous consultancy positions for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Humanitarian Department at Oxfam GB, and for DFID, Mastercard, ESRC and BMGF as a consultant at ODI.

Additionally she has taught widely in the field of human rights and the freedom of religion or belief at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, previously holding the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor in International Law & Politics at the Richmond American University in London,  Visiting Lecturer in International Human Rights Law at the University of Roehampton and Brunel University. She has been an invited lecturer in Nepal, Italy and London to teach on international human rights summer schools.
She has co-authored publications relating to the freedom of religion and belief, human rights, indigenous rights and minority issues in reports, publications and journals with numerous credits in other books and articles in this field


Harriet Hoffler

Dr Sapna Patel - Executive Manager

Sapna Patel is Executive Manager at CIFoRB and holds an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. She has an MSc and a PhD in the field of Microbiology. She has since managed project activity at the University of Birmingham supporting Human Resources and Organisational Development. She has supported the delivery of leadership programmes at the University, with a focus on supporting early career academics, senior leaders and more recently programmes supporting the career development for women in science. She has worked on developing organisation wide networks for professional staff at the University, and has experience of organising conferences and events.


Dr Sapna Patel