Born to parents of Somali origin, moved to the UK in 1999. I started working at Black South West Network in 2007 and took over as the director of the organisation in 2012. In that time I’ve worked tirelessly to raise the profile of racial inequality at strategic and policy levels regionally and nationally, as well locally in Bristol. I am also one of the founding members of Bristol’s SDG Alliance which brings together a range of organisations and individuals to raise awareness of the SDGs as a framework for the city’s future sustainable development. Social enterprise is a key plank of our work at BSWN.
I am the Chief Executive Officer of the Highlife Centre, a social enterprise that works with underserved people and communities in Coventry to recognise their potential through entrepreneurship and leadership development. Since incorporation in 2010, our work has supported over 10,700 people, creating lasting impact and improving lives of people in Coventry and Warwickshire. We are also currently working with the Coventry City of Culture Trust to lead on events and activities for the African community to be programmed as part of celebrations during Coventry City of Culture in 2021. In the next 12 months, we will be expanding our business and entrepreneurship training provision to an online training platform, reaching more people from across the UK and internationally.