Ashish Prashar
Ashish Prashar is an Account Director and Head of Communications at Westbourne Communications.

Ashish was previously the Head of Media Relations at Ipsos MORI. He worked as communications and public affairs advisor to Matthew Taylor at the Royal Society of Arts and their 2020 Public Services project; prior to that he worked for the Conservative Party as a press officer for three members of the Shadow Cabinet, he has also volunteered for Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign.

He has worked on campaigns for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in Sierra Leone which laid the groundwork for their ‘Malaria Health Campaign’ and worked as the election press secretary to the Mayor of London: Boris Johnson on the Back Boris 2012 campaign.

Ashish has written widely including commentary for the Huffington Post, a blog for the New Statesman during the 2008 US Presidential Election, and commented on various political and social issues. He has also interviewed the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, former Swedish Prime Minster Goran Persson and conducted a Q&A with the former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Entries by Ashish Prashar

Immigration - Let Them In!!

(1) Comments | Posted 20 August 2013 | (08:39)

As Brits, the vast majority of us have grown up with immigrant friends who have personally made our lives richer. And as a nation we cheered on multi-ethnic Britain last summer as Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis stole the show during London 2012.

So it is sad...

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No More Excuses for Failure

(0) Comments | Posted 12 August 2013 | (15:10)

It is time black minority ethnics take responsibility for their own lives and stop making excuses.

Growing up, I made quite a few mistakes myself. Sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a person from a...

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Time to Give Your Time and Mentor

(0) Comments | Posted 10 May 2013 | (09:33)

Bankers, journalists, reformed ex-prisoners and communication strategists are among some of the 100 people who have been enlisted by the Mayor of London to mentor some of the city's most vulnerable youngsters.

The mentors will tonight help launch the new initiative being led by Ray...

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International Aid: The Case for Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2013 | (12:52)

Africa has faced challenges ever since colonial powers withdrew, however, has never been in such good shape. It has vast natural resources, a fast-growing middle class and foreign direct investment flooding to the continent; Africa has some of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

The private sector has driven Africa's...

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In Defence of Aid

(2) Comments | Posted 27 February 2013 | (13:20)

John Kerry: "There is no longer anything foreign about foreign policy and America, there is also no longer anything foreign about foreign news. We will be stronger for 'connecting those dots'."

The next few months are crucial for the long-term future of international development policy and foreign...

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Four More Years - Signed, Sealed and Delivered

(0) Comments | Posted 7 November 2012 | (16:27)

The stakes four years ago were high, but in this election they were higher than in 2008, and perhaps more than ever before. On the eve of Election Day 2012, I predicted an Obama victory - I had worked on the ground in Pennsylvania during the 2008 election,...

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You gotta have faith!!

(0) Comments | Posted 4 October 2012 | (13:37)

Think of Sierra Leone and images of the Hollywood blockbuster 'Blood Diamond' come to mind - a film that, beneath its glamour, shows a country torn apart by the struggle between government soldiers and rebel forces. Coupled with the ferocious and desolate account of one of the many...

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Leadership, Not Aid, is the Key to Development

(0) Comments | Posted 13 March 2012 | (11:06)

Just under a year ago I volunteered for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in Sierra Leone, this experience taught me the value of leadership and how it is so integral to the success of development in Africa.

We often think of good leaders as people with vision,...

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