Dr Waqar Azmi OBE
Dr Waqar Azmi OBE
Dr Waqar Azmi is listed in the world’s 500 most influential Muslims by Georgetown University, as well as the Asian power 100 list of the most influential Asians in the UK and, the Muslim power 100 List of the most influential Muslims in the UK.
He is chairman of Waterhouse Consulting Group and EU Ambassador of Intercultural Dialogue. Prior to this, he was the UK Government’s Chief Diversity Adviser at the Cabinet Office.
He was previously managing director of equality and diversity at the global firm TMP/Monster Worldwide. He served his appointment by the Home Secretary on the judicial public inquiry into the murder of Zahid Mubarek – battered to death by his racist cellmate at Feltham prison. He was also a member of the Oldham Riots Inquiry Panel and chief executive of Worcester Racial Equality Council. He founded the British Federation of Racial Equality Councils, Herefordshire Race Equality Partnership and, Race Equality West Midlands. He has researched and published widely on Equality and Diversity issues, holding a doctorate in this field.
Waqar was lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire between 1991 and 1993, He then moved to the Comparative Ethnic Studies Unit at Southampton Institute and acted as a consultant to Southampton Racial Equality Council.
He was the UK representative at the Inter-Governmental Meeting on Minority Rights organised by the Council of Europe in Zagreb, Croatia.
He stood as the Labour candidate for West Worcestershire in 2001’s General Election, coming third behind the sitting Conservative MP Sir Michael Spicer and the Liberal Democrat candidate. In the same year, the University College Worcester awarded him an honorary Masters of Arts degree in recognition of his work. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2002 and a year later, he was awarded Britain’s Young Asian Achievers Award by the Institute of Asian Professionals at the Asian Jewels Awards.