Education and Peace Activist
Ahmad Nawaz works with the UK Home Office and Mayor of London to combat radicalisation and hate crimes. He is also a Global Ambassador of World Merit, a Global Ambassador of the Anne Frank Trust, the Oxford Foundation, and several other organisations focussed on education and youth empowerment.
Ahmad’s life was changed after a Taliban attack at his school in Pakistan in 2014. 150 students were brutally killed, including his younger brother Haris. Ahmad was forced to play dead in order to survive and eventually escape. To recover from the serious injuries he suffered, he was flown to Britain for treatment, where has chosen to stay with his family.
Ahmad believes that a peaceful world is possible and that education is the key. Back in 2015, he led an anti-terror campaign in Britain to warn youngsters about the dangers of Islamic extremism and to prevent them from going to Syria. He encouraged students to become changemakers, reminding them of the excellent opportunities that the U.K. had to offer them.
Ahmad’s efforts to defend the right to education as an anti-terrorism instrument has been recognised by several awards, including the Points of Light Award presented by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Young Person of the Year Award 2016, NO2H8Crimes Award (sponsored by Google), the British Citizen Medal 2019, Asian Inspiration Award 2018, and was most recently awarded the ‘Pride of Birmingham Award’ by the Pride of Britain organisation.