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Azi Ahmed

former member of the British Army, Parliamentary Candidate, Author, and Entrepreneur

Born and bred in the north of England, Azi relishes a challenge, as reflected in her career path: former member of the British Army, Parliamentary Candidate, Author, and Entrepreneur.

Azi graduated with a Masters Degree in Media Technology to gain an understanding of the digital world. She set up an internet company then sold her shares in the business to take her experience into the corporate world as a Management Consultant.

She was inspired to join the Army by her father, a veteran of the British Indian Army. Her experiences set her up for life: team work, a drive to achieve, meeting people from all walks of life and cultures. Most importantly, the unique world renowned training enabled her to identify her life passions.

After leaving the Army, Azi went on to work for the MoD on campaigns for soldiers in Afghanistan. She volunteers her spare time as a governor at a special needs school and to a charity organisation for the homeless.

It's Time To Stop Stigmatising Muslim Recruits

The armed forces need to think about how they can market themselves to Muslim communities. They need to hold open days at barracks and go into schools, trying to find a way of connecting with young Muslims and counter-acting the negative propaganda too many are fed through social media.
03/08/2017 16:27 BST

Vince Cable Can Carve Out A New Identity For The Liberal Democrats

As leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable has an opportunity to re-brand the party. He will be starting with a clean slate and can carve out distinctive new policies. During the election, I left the Conservatives and joined the Liberal Democrats, but a lot of my friends, and people I talk to, are confused about what the party stands for.
02/07/2017 21:21 BST

The Lib Dems Need A Fresh Pitch To Young Voters

I'm not sure enough people understand what the Liberal Democrats stand for. I want to help the party to develop a new way of thinking and a distinctive identity that allows us to make a strong pitch for the youth vote.
14/06/2017 17:03 BST

My message to Manchester's Muslims

The 2017 election campaign will always be remembered for the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, which brought troops onto the streets and the prospect of our human rights laws being re-written.
08/06/2017 13:20 BST

Electrifying 007... There Are Life Lessons For All Of Us At Southbank's Being A Man Festival

So, who would have thought that little old me #MuslimGirlwiththeSAS, a skinny, Northern girl from Oldham would find a political ally in James Bond? Yes, Roger Moore, the quintessential English gent and man's man, who could make love to a woman and beat the enemy to a pulp without creasing his white dinner jacket, was reported last weekend as sharing my views on re-introducing compulsory National Service.
25/11/2016 13:35 GMT

Where Are Our Imams? We need you

They have a duty to discuss a wider range of topics. So, if young people are vulnerable; are not sure about their faith, are scared about their religion and what it means; may possibly feel under pressure of social media - Imams need to tackle this.
28/08/2016 20:14 BST