Tanveer Ahmed (psychiatrist)
Ahmed was born in Bangladesh but was raised in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. He won a scholarship to be educated at Sydney Grammar School and went on to the University of Sydney, where he studied medicine, graduating in 2000. He also had a stint writing for the university's Honi Soit magazine. He represented the Australian Medical Association as the national representative for training doctors in 2006–07.
Besides being a doctor, Ahmed has also been a journalist for SBS TV, and appeared regularly on radio and television discussing issues pertaining to multiculturalism and mental health issues. He was a regular contributor to the major newspapers, most commonly the Sydney Morning Herald.
Ahmed was an appointee to the Advertising Standards Bureau board between 2006 to 2011 and serves as an UN ambassador against domestic violence via becoming a White Ribbon Day ambassador. He was chosen as one of one hundred future leaders of Australia under the age of 40 to attend the Future Forum in 2006.
In 2011 his memoir, entitled The Exotic Rissole, was published by NewSouth Publishing. Josh Radnor wrote in The Canberra Times that "one thing is clear from reading The Exotic Rissole: Ahmed is a skilled storyteller who offers many valuable insights into the human experience." The Sydney Morning Herald's Michael Wilding calls it "a gentle and genial memoir of the migrant experience." Tory Sheherd gave it a 2 1/2 star review in The Advertiser. Graham Clark of The Courier Mail describes it as a "rich mix of a multicultural world".
Ahmed's contributions to the Sydney Morning Herald were discontinued after he was exposed as a serial plagiarist, who had repeatedly presented work from other sources as his own. In September 2012, "Media Watch has identified six other articles by Tanveer Ahmed, including one written for the website Mamamia, which contain passages lifted from other sources," the program found.
On 8 September 2012, Ahmed was elected as a Liberal Party councillor for the inner-west Sydney municipality of Canada Bay for a four-year term. His election was confirmed on 13 September 2012.[dead link]
In February 2015 his article relating to domestic violence caused controversy which resulted in an examination of his role as a "White Ribbon Ambassador" which is a White House ambassador for the Australian White Ribbon Campaign. Following criticism of his views expressed in the article, he was subsequently suspended as a 'White Ribbon Ambassador' and was sacked by The Australian over a plagiarism allegation.
- Serving the AMA in 2006
- Previous Advertising Standards Bureau board members
- White Ribbon Day Ambassadors
- "Indian actor cracks jackpot", Sunday Times (Perth), 11 November 2007
- 'Nooooo Bingo’ at local council
- Rosner, Josh (15 October 2011), "Tasty Australian mix; MEMOIR", Canberra Times
- Wilding, Michael (8 October 2011), "Formed by hands of experience and rolled in happy acceptance", The Sydney Morning Herald
- Sheherd, Tory (10 December 2011), "Memoir", The Advertiser
- Clark, Graham (26 November 2011), "NON FICTION", The Courier-Mail
- Meade, Amanda (11 September 2012), "SMH columnist on ice amid plagiarism claims", The Australian
- Media Watch transcript
- City of Canada Bay election results
- Ahmed, Tanveer (9 February 2015). "Men forgotten in violence debate". The Australian. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- Men forgotten in violence debate by Tanveer Ahmed on 9 Feb 2015
- Ahmed's dangerous message on domestic violence
- White Ribbon Ambassador Tanveer Ahmed recommitting rather than resigning
- "A message from the CEO regarding Dr Tanveer Ahmed". White Ribbon. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- Meade, Amanda (16 February 2015). "Columnist Tanveer Ahmed sacked by the Australian over new plagiarism allegation". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 February 2015.