5 British Afghan Leaders You Need to Know

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LONDON: Whether it is grassroots community organising, fighting for the economic empowerment and health of the people or ensuring British – Afghan community participation in the nation’s politics, an emerging breed of British Afghan leaders are working hard to serve the country and community together.

These passionate leaders promote their cultural heritage to contribute to Britain’s diversity, fight for social equality and ensure a fair chance in life for all.

Here we present to you the top 5 British Afghan leaders you must know:

  1. MR SAIF QAZIZADA
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Mr Qazizada is a young, visionary and rising leader from not just the British Afghan community but also from the British Asian community as a whole.

He is a an extremely innovative entrepreneur and highly qualified management executive with a strong background in information technology, cyber security industry and organisational leadership.

Mr Qazizada brings extensive experience of working with the world’s leading multinationals such as Computer Science Corporation (CSC), International Business Machines (IBM), KPMG, Direct Line Insurance Group and Bupa Healthcare. He is also an adviser to leading global corporations and international government agencies. 

Furthermore, Mr Qazizda is the Founder of Afghan Council of Great Britain, British Digital Chamber of Commerce, Afghana Foundation and British Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He holds a B.Sc in computing, an M.Sc in internet security and speaks six different languages.

2. DR QUDRAT ULLAH

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Dr Qudrat Ullah is an inspiring healthcare professional, community leader and a real change maker for the British Afghan community, and the people of Scotland and Great Britain.

He is a consultant Psychiatrist, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Qudrat Ullah currently leads Afghan Association of Healthcare Professionals in United Kingdom as its chairman and is a member of the board of director of Scottish Afghan Society. He is a strong advocate for community empowerment, the fight against mental health and helping Afghanistan build a stronger healthcare system.

Dr Qudratullah holds an MBBS in Medicine and Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

3. DR NOORHAQ NASIMI

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Dr Nooralhaq Nasimi is an extremely dedicated and hardworking British Afghan leader who has being working to serve the Afghan community in particular and the refugees community in general for over two decades.

He has been awarded for services to the people through Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018, Talent Match Mark Youth Friendly Gold Award from Youth Employment UK and the Mayor’s Award for Voluntary Contribution from the Mayor of Lewisham.

Dr Nasimi the founder of Afghanistan and Central Asian Association and CEO of European Campaign for Human Rights for the People of Afghanistan. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from South Bank University, a Master in Law and a PhD in Law and Jurisprudence from Odessa State Univrsity.

4. MISS PEYMANA ASSAD  

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Miss Assad is a young British Afghan and one of the first person from an Afghan background to be elected to any public office in Britain and serves as councillor for Roxeth in London. She is a an important role model for young girls and boys in the community aiming to enter British politics.

Miss Assad is currently focused on gun crimes, knife attacks and resident safety in Roxeth, South Harrow. She is also a strong voice for peace in Afghanistan, women’s rights and against terrorism. She holds a Masters degree in Conflict, Security and Development from Kings College London.

5. MISS RAHELA SIDIQI

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Miss Sidiqi is a life-long activist for the rights of women, education for girls and gender equality.

She is the founder Farkhunda Trust, a charity dedicated to women’s rights and founded following the tragic death of Farkhunda Malikzada in Kabul.

Previously she has served as the former Senior Advisor of Afghanistan Civil Service Commission and Senior Social Development Advisor of UN-Habitat Afghanistan. She holds a BSc in Agriculture from Kabul University and her MA in Social Development Sustainable Livelihood from Reading University, UK.