Taher was born in Yemen and studied in Yemen, Sweden and England. Taher has worked in Primary Health Care, Public Health and been involved in community development locally, regionally and internationally over the last 30 plus years. Part of this work was in different countries in the Middle East and Africa. Taher came to Liverpool in 1995 and is currently a full time Public Health Neighbourhood Manager
with Liverpool City Council. He is the lead on the current bowel cancer screening project in Liverpool.

Taher was one of the founders of a few community and voluntary organisations including Black, Asian, and Minority (BAME) consortium, Liverpool Arabic Centre (LAC), Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF), Yemeni Community Coordinating Committee UK, Musahamatna UK and Friends of Yemen UK. He is currently a chairperson of the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and a member of the British Yemen Society. Taher was awarded MBE in September 2007 for his contribution to improving achievements in education among young BAME communities.