Minister of State (Minister for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia), Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK
Lord Ahmad was appointed to his current role in 2017 where his responsibilities include all Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) business in the House of Lords along with multilateral policy, including the Commonwealth, United Nations and human rights. He is also the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, working with governments, the UN, civil society and others to strengthen accountability and tackle impunity, deliver a more effective multilateral response to crimes of sexual violence in conflict and ensure gender equality is fully integrated in all peace and security efforts. Prior to this he was the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Minister for Aviation and Trade, Minister for Countering Extremism, Transport Minister, Communities and Local Government Minister, Government Whip and Lord in Waiting. Before his career in government, Lord Ahmad had a 20 year career in the City working in banking and finance, including at the NatWest Group where he was a senior manager in corporate banking and financial markets. He was later Vice-President and Marketing Director of Alliance Bernstein and his last role before joining the government was as Strategy and Marketing Director at Sucden Financial. He was educated at London South Bank University (LSBU) as well as the Chartered Institute of Financial Services.