Tariq Ahmad, Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon

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The Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon 2015.jpg
Minister of State for the Commonwealth and South Asia[1]
Assumed office
13 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byThe Baroness Anelay of St Johns
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Countering Extremism
In office
11 May 2015 – 13 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byThe Lord Bates
Succeeded bySarah Newton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport
In office
11 May 2015 – 11 June 2017
Prime Minister
  • David Cameron
  • Theresa May
Preceded byClaire Perry
Succeeded byThe Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
15 July 2014 – 11 May 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byThe Baroness Stowell of Beeston
Succeeded byThe Baroness Williams of Trafford
In office
4 September 2012 – 15 July 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byThe Baroness Verma
Succeeded byThe Baroness Garden of Frognal
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
13 January 2011
Life peerage
Personal details
Born
Tariq Mahmood Ahmad

(1968-04-03) 3 April 1968 (age 52)
Lambeth, London, England
Political partyConservative

Tariq Mahmood Ahmad, Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon (Urdu: طارق محمود احمد‎; born 3 April 1968), is a British businessman and a Conservative life peer.[2] He was appointed Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations (later 'and South Asia') at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 13 June 2017.[3][4]

Early years[edit]

Born in Lambeth,[5] to Punjabi Pakistani immigrant parents, he was educated at Rutlish School, Merton Park, southwest London.[6]He is a part of the Ahmadiyya community.

Career[edit]

In 1991, he entered NatWest's Graduate Management programme, eventually working as Head of Marketing, Sponsorship and Branding and in 2000 went to work for AllianceBernstein.[7][8] In 2004, he joined Sucden Financial, where he served on the Executive Committee and as Director of Marketing, Strategy and Research.[8] He is an Associate of the Institute of Financial Services and a member of the Institute of Directors.[7][8]

He is an Ahmadi Muslim and from 1999 to 2008 served as vice-president of AMYA, a British Muslim youth organisation.[9] From 2001 to 2006, he served as a governor of Wimbledon Park Primary school.[9] He joined the Conservative Party in 1994.[10] In 2002, he was elected a Councillor in Wimbledon.[10] He contested Croydon North for the Conservative party in 2005. From 2008 to 2010, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party.[10]

Parliamentary career[edit]

On 13 January 2011, he was made a life peer, and was conferred the honorary title of Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon, in the London Borough of Merton.[11] He formally joined the House of Lords on 17 January.[12] In 2014, Ahmad was promoted to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at DCLG. After the 2015 general election, he was appointed jointly as Minister for Skills and Aviation Security at the Department for Transport and Minister for Countering Extremism at the Home Office. In 2016, he was appointed Minister for Aviation, International Trade and Europe at the Department for Transport in the first May ministry.

After the 2017 general election, Ahmad was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with responsibilities to the Commonwealth, the United Nations, and the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and later South Asia.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Portfolio included the UN from June 2017 to February 2020
  2. ^ "In full: New members of the House of Lords". BBC. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  3. ^ UK Government Website
  4. ^ "Lord Ahmad appointed FCO Minister for the Commonwealth and UN". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Government Profile".
  7. ^ a b Official website, About Archived 8 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b c Official website, Professional Archived 30 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b Official website, Community Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b c Tariq introduced to House of Lords Archived 6 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "No. 59676". The London Gazette. 20 January 2011. p. 869.
  12. ^ "Ahmad takes his seat in the House of Lords From: UK Times London". South Asian Pulse. Retrieved 25 April 2013.

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