Ahmad Nawaz is a young activist, working with the United Kingdom Home Office and the Mayor Office of London on youth awareness against radicalization and hate crimes. He is also a Global Youth Ambassador of the World Merit and an Honorary Youth Ambassador of the Anne Frank Trust.
In 2014, Ahmad’s life radically changed after witnessing a Taliban attack at his school in Pakistan. About 150 students were brutally killed, including his younger brother, and Ahmad was forced to fake his death in order to survive. To recover from the severe injuries he suffered, he was taken to Britain for treatment, where he and his family remain to this day. Believing that the key for a peaceful world is education, in 2015 he led an anti-terror campaign in Britain, striving to educate young people about extremism and radicalization and encouraging them to become changemakers.
As a young activist for peace and education, he has been invited to speak at several meetings and events, including the House of Lords. Ahmad’s efforts in defending the right to education as an anti-terror tool have been recognized on several occasions, earning him the British Citizen Award (2019), the Points of Light Award (2019), the No2H8Crimes Young Upstander Award (2018), the Asian Inspiration Award on the category of Education, Peace and Youth Awareness (2018), the UK and Europe Young Person of the Year Award (2016) and the Award of Bravery and Resilience by the Government of Pakistan (2015).