Soraya Zahid

"I sincerely want to thank the Aziz family for this opportunity - it has instilled a sense of confidence in me that I can aim high and that I do have skills to contribute as a policy practitioner in British society. "

Career wise, in May, I started a new corporate policy job in Hackney Council in the Chief Executive’s directorate as a Policy and Partnerships Advisor. My current remit is working with older residents and stakeholders in developing an ageing well strategy for the borough, tackling inequalities within communities and developing a more inclusive workforce within the council by looking at how to tackle the lack of diversity in senior leadership.

I sincerely want to thank the Aziz family for this opportunity – the scholarship has not only provided me with monetary support to be able to focus on both my career and studies but has also instilled a sense of confidence in me that I can aim high and that I do have skills to contribute as a policy practitioner in British society.

Soraya studied political science as her undergraduate degree at the London School of Economics before working at the Wellcome Trust as a graduate. She has since been working as an adviser in children’s services in a local authority and currently seconded to work around children’s public health. Soraya is also a Trustee for Nida Trust and Moroccan Youth UK and is passionate about improving structures to meet the needs of children and young people. he is studying for an MSc in Children, Youth and International Development at Birkbeck College, London.

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