Universal Peace Federation (UPF) - UK 

Charity Number 1185412


Patron Mr. Virendra Sharma MP Patron: Yvonne Thompson CBE



Universal Peace Federation UK Trustee Board:



Keith BestKeith Best TD, MA, Cert in Public Management Services, Chair of Trustees

Currently Chair & CEO Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust, Chair Charity 2020, Executive Chair World Federalist Movement (WFM/IGP), Secretary Parliamentary Outreach Trust, European Movement; Patron of The European-Atlantic Movement (TEAM); media appearances on migration and other matters; Freeman City of London. 

Author several books and articles (latest, chapter in Religious Soft Diplomacy & the United Nations [2021]); keynote speeches both in the UK and abroad; visiting lecturer various universities. Speaks French and Welsh; married, two daughters. Ran London Marathon and abseiled down the highest hospital tower in the world (Guy’s) for charity.  

Formerly CEO of national charities SurvivorsUK, Freedom from Torture, IAS (Immigration Advisory Service), Prisoners Abroad; Vice Chair of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles; served on Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Panel on Torture Prevention; practising barrister and Member of Parliament (Anglesey/Ynys Môn); Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Wales; named in the Society Guardian as one of the 100 most influential people in public services in the UK; Major in airborne and commando forces.


Dr. David Earle


Dr Nicola Bailey


Tina CoombsMartina Coombs

Mrs Tina Coombs has been working in the community as a Care Worker with the Croydon A&E Liaison Team for the past 10 years, as well as working with a Health & Nutrition Company. Prior to this, Tina was President of the Women’s Federation for World Peace (Europe and U.K.) when she co-founded the Dignity Project, which works to empower women, promote the value and dignity of women and highlight the importance of this in creating a culture of peace. Tina is passionate about working with organisations that act for positive social change, e.g. the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, the United Nations Association for Sutton and Croydon and the Croydon Community Against Human Trafficking (CCAT).

Tina was born and raised in Austria, where she worked as Dietician. She has also lived in the USA, and for the last 35 years in the UK with her husband David, their four daughters and two grandchildren.



 Mark Brann  

Mark Brann trained and practised for many years as a lawyer, was Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa of United Press International and C.E.O. Europe of the North Korea Medical Aid project of the International Relief and Friendship Foundation. He is currently the Vice President of UPF Europe and Middle East based in the United Kingdom and the Director of the International Summit Council for Peace Europe and Middle East.


David Fraser HarrisMr. David Fraser Harris, Secretary General, UPF Middle East and North Africa

From 1990 to 1997, Mr. Fraser Harris served the International Religious Foundation (IRF) as the director of its European office in Rome. He was responsible for the promotion of IRF’s interfaith programs in Europe, which included both conferences and the international projects of the Religious Youth Service. From 1997 to 2012 he and his family lived in Damascus (Syria), where he taught English and travelled frequently to support UPF programs in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and other parts of the region. He continues to support such programs from his home just outside Biggar in the Scottish Borders.


sheikh 1Sheikh Dr Hojjat Ramzy

Sheikh Dr. Hojjat Ramzy is the Director of the Oxford Islamic Information Centre and the Muslim Chaplain at Oxford Brookes University. Born in the Middle East, Sheikh Ramzy has lived in Oxford for over 30 years. He holds an undergraduate degree from Oxford Brookes University and completed further Islamic stuental organisations and with religious leadies at Markfield Institute in Leicester. As an Islamic scholar, he has worked with several governmental and non-governmders of all faiths. He established the Oxford Islamic Information Centre to provide accurate and accessible information about Islam with a view to promoting understanding, peace and brotherhood within the local and national community.


Mr. Timothy Miller: Treasurer for UPF - UKTim M portrait

Timothy Miller is living in Bexhill, East Sussex, where he is a current Board Member of the South East England Faiths Forum. He is also a current Trustee and Chair of the Hastings and Rother Interfaith Forum. Formerly he was the supervising social worker for foster carers in Kent 2002 – 2005, the former Vice-President UPF Europe 2005 to 2015, the lead for the European Leadership Conferences for UPF Europe 2004 to 2013 and the former Services Coordinator Association of Carers, East Sussex (an East Sussex charity supporting families caring for another adult with health issues)2014-2019. He has been retired since April 2019. He is married to Sabine Miller and they have four adult children. 





Abdul Basit Syed cropDr Abdul Basit Syed 

Dr. Abdul Basit Syed, is a British Indian Global Peace Activist, Writer and Entrepreneur living in Croydon, U.K. He holds senior positions in various global organisations. He is accredited with Peace, Education, Trade harmony initiatives globally. His services to humanity has its history of nearly two decades.

He was born in Tamil Nadu, India and migrated in his teens to U.K. He was inspired by his grandfather PKS Kattuwa Mohaiyadeen an Indian Freedom Fighter, was well known for his social activities and community services.

He began actively involving himself in community activities, when he witnessed the unfortunate incident involving a well-loved British soldier Lee Rigby. He initiated solutions for similar terrorism activities with the sole purpose of bringing peace and harmony among various sectors of the community promoting the prevention of similar activities in the future through his founded NGO “World Humanitarian Drive (WHD)" initiatives, events, and programs.





UPF UK Secretariat:

Secretary General: Robin Marsh   Mobile: 07956210768

Director: Margaret Ali   Mobile: 07723024750

Director: Joyce Suda   Mobile:   07903311052

World Humanitarian Drive, founded by Abdul Basit Syed, is a Partner of Universal Peace Federation - UK

UPF - UK and IAAP - UK Coordinator: Dr Oliver Davies (IAAP = International Association of Academicians for Peace)   



Matteo Bergamini Co-Director Youth UPF  

Shout Out UK (Founded by Matteo Bergamini) is a Partner of Youth UPF 

Honorary Advisor:  Imam Dr Abduljalil Sajid 





Universal Peace Federation - UK Contacts Details: 

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Twitter: @ukUPF

Office Tel: 02072620985 (Currently not available.) Please call Robin Marsh at 07956210768





Main UPF – UK Website    www.uk.upf.org






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International UPF Website:   www.upf.org



UPF Headquarters Directions and Transport:

Map and Address: 43 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3NA (click for map)


Transport: Buses: 390, 148 and 94 Leinster Terrace Bus Stop


Nearest Tube Stations:

  • Paddington: Circle, Bakerloo, Hammersmith and City and Overground Trains
  • Lancaster Gate Station Central Line


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