HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan has taken the decision to step down from the position of Chairman of Mosaic on the completion of three years in the role this July. HRH The Prince of Wales, Mosaic’s founder, has welcomed the appointment of Khawar Mann as Chairman and Yasmin Waljee OBE as Vice-Chairman to succeed Princess Badiya.
HRH Princess Badiya has been involved with Mosaic since its very inception, was invited to become a member of the Advisory Board when it was first established and was chosen by HRH The Prince of Wales to be the first Mosaic Chairman in 2009. HRH Princess Badiya said, “It has been a great privilege to have been part of Mosaic’s fantastic development over the years. I truly believe in Mosaic’s mission to help young people to fulfil their positive potential and to give those who have already done well the rewarding opportunity to volunteer and give back to their communities. Mosaic has come a long way but there is still much to do. I have decided to pass on the Chairmanship responsibilities at this time because I am confident that Mosaic is now a well-established organisation, that it is on the right path and that, with the support of our many hundreds of talented volunteers and the dedicated staff team, it will go from strength to strength in the future, inshaAllah. I will, of course, remain hugely supportive of Mosaic in my personal capacity after I step down as Chairman.”
“I am delighted that I will be succeeded by Khawar Mann as Chairman and Yasmin Waljee as Vice-Chairman. Both Khawar and Yasmin are key long-term supporters of Mosaic who have already contributed a great deal to Mosaic’s progress. I believe that, given the complementarity of their impressive skills, personalities and experience, Khawar and Yasmin will make an exceptionally strong Chairmanship team to lead Mosaic forward. I wish them, and Mosaic, every success in the future, inshaAllah.”
HRH Princess Badiya bint Khawar Mann Yasmin Waljee
Khawar Mann, Partner at Apax Partners, and Yasmin Waljee OBE, International Head of Pro Bono at Hogan Lovells LLP, have both been involved in Mosaic since it was first established and served on the Mosaic Board since it was created. Both have been mentors with Mosaic and also provided a number of important opportunities for Mosaic students through their companies. Khawar Mann said, “It is both a daunting challenge and a privilege to be asked to succeed Princess Badiya as Chairman. Mosaic has a very important role to play in British society and I hope to be able to help Mosaic achieve its potential.”
Yasmin Waljee OBE said, “Mosaic’s impact in its short development has been impressive – it now reaches over 2000 young people every year and nationally mobilises almost 1000 volunteers. That legacy is in no small part attributable to Princess Badiya whose energy and dedication to this project we value enormously. I look forward to working to extend Mosaic’s impact into the future.”
Jonathan Freeman, National Director of Mosaic, said, “Mosaic owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Princess Badiya for her leadership and support over the last five years and, in particular, for her Chairmanship over the last three years. Mosaic’s success simply would not have been possible without Her Royal Highness’ amazing help, encouragement and wise counsel. We are very glad that we will be able to count upon her support moving forward. We also look forward to continuing to deliver our important mission under the leadership of Khawar Mann and Yasmin Waljee, both of whom have been fantastic supporters of Mosaic from the outset.”