Akeela Ahmed

Founder of She Speaks, We Hear

Akeela Ahmed is an equalities campaigner with over ten years experience providing support to vulnerable individuals with complex social and mental health difficulties, specialising in high intensity support services to young people and homeless people from diverse backgrounds, including refugees, asylum seekers, ex-offenders and BAME groups.

She was Chief Executive of the Muslim Youth Helpline for three years, and has advised the NSPCC, Demos’s Faith Inquiry, Mosaic’s Ex-Offender Programme, Eastenders’ production team, as well as various government departments. Currently, she sits on a national level government working group on anti-Muslim hatred, based at the Department for Communities and Local Government, and is the Muslim Family Specialist with the Christian Muslim Forum.

Akeela is director of her families property development company. She also holds an MSc in Mental Health Studies, from the Institute of Psychiatry. A regular contributor to the media, both at a national and international level, Akeela has appeared on BBC News, BBC Radio including 'The Today' programme, Channel 5 news and the Guardian.