Sharifa Hashem is an inclusion and equity specialist, holding a leadership role in the NHS with a particular interest in culture change and organisational development.
Sharifa holds an MPhil in Social Policy from The University of Bristol, a Masters in Gender and Identity from The University of Exeter and a BSc in Psychology from Brunel University. Her academic research is focused on gender equity, social policy and law in the Middle East, with a thesis specialism looking at personal status law with an intersectional analysis.
Having left her home country amidst political upheaval, Sharifa’s interest in equity began when she was young and developed through her work in the human rights field, having given guest speeches at institutions such as the United Nations. This passion was applied to her work on patient engagement in the NHS, followed by staff equity including inclusive leadership, psychological safety and co-production. She was instrumental in several national projects including supporting the creation of the first inclusive set of ambulance service uniforms and changing the JRCALC national ambulance clinical guidelines to include recognition of symptoms on Black and Brown skin. Her recent work include equity in birthing services with The Positive Birth Company and is a regular panellist in regional and national conferences.