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Overcoming MS welcomes new Chair of the Board Dowshan Humzah

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Overcoming MS’s tenth year begins by welcoming Dowshan Humzah as Chair of the Board.

Dowshan Humzah is an independent board director and strategic advisor who has over twenty years of executive experience, during which he has delivered transformative business growth, digital change, and brand and product innovation.

In addition to his wide private sector experience, Dowshan has served several civil society and charity organisations. He is a previous Trustee of the MS Society, Chair of the UK Advisory Board for Board Apprentice Global; and serves on the Advisory Boards of Ramadan Tent Project and The Amos Bursary.

Linda Bloom, Overcoming MS’s Founder and Chair for the past 9 years, will continue to support the charity as President. Her role will help OMS in raising awareness in a global ambassadorial capacity.

Linda said, “Overcoming MS was founded ten years ago on my dream of making Professor Jelinek’s work available to as many people with MS as possible. In my time as Chair of the Board, I have witnessed the extraordinary difference that Overcoming MS has made to so many people around the world. People who have MS in common but are also united by their desire to empower themselves with the tools that Overcoming MS offers. They share that vital, realistic hope that overcoming MS is possible.

As an ‘OMSer’ myself it has been a joy to have led the charity and I am now excited to welcome Dowshan to our OMS family. Dowshan brings a wealth of experience from the commercial, public sector and charity worlds. Working in partnership with our CEO Grazina Berry, I have no doubt that OMS will continue to go from strength to strength under Dowshan’s leadership”

“I was drawn to Overcoming MS because of its emphasis and impact on providing hope and optimism for people affected by multiple sclerosis. Globally, overburdened healthcare systems are in crisis, especially with the ongoing pandemic. I believe that people with MS need Overcoming MS now more than ever before.” Dowshan Humzah said.

Humzah says that on its 10th anniversary, Overcoming MS plans to launch an advocacy campaign, unveil a new brand and pilot a new scalable support programme.

“I believe there needs to be a better balance between the science and art of medicine for people with MS and their families and carers – and indeed for all patients seeking medical help,” Humzah adds.


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