Dr Shainool Jiwa
Lay Member of Court
Dr Shainool Jiwa is currently the Head of the Constituency Studies Research Unit at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. Formerly, she was the Head of the Department of Community Relations.
Dr Jiwa is a specialist in Islamic history, having completed her Master’s degree from McGill University and her doctorate from the University of Edinburgh. Dr Jiwa has over 25 years of teaching experience at several academic institutions including at the University of Edinburgh where she offered lectures and seminars from 1989 to 2009.
Dr Jiwa has been involved with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) since 1998 and was their Chief Examiner for Islamic history between 2001 and 2008. She served as a Commissioner on the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland between 1998 and 2002 and has also served as an Associate Assessor with Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education, Scotland.
She has played a leading role in setting up a range of community-based services for minority ethnic women in Edinburgh over the past 25 years, and has served as a volunteer counsellor with the Edinburgh Mental Health Association.