Welsh born Shazia is a passionate campaigner, feminist, writer and broadcaster. She presents the Big Debate show on BBC Asian Network, a live three-hour phone in show. Having gained a Master’s degree from Cardiff University aged 21, she went on to forge a successful career in public relations and brand development, after working at a high level advising on campaign strategy for a range of international brands. She still retains PR clients and advises on equality and engagement. She went onto run her own business and has won various awards for her work in business and entrepreneurship. Shazia has worked with various third sector organisations, including the Trussell Trust – where she was a volunteer at a food bank – and Religions for Peace. She is a prominent equality campaigner and passionate about women, LGBT, young people and BAME.
As well as being on the board of VCS Cymru, she is Vice-President of the Council for Voluntary Youth Action and an Ambassador for Show Racism the Red Card. Shazia is on the panel of judges for the National Apprenticeship Awards and the Entrepreneur Wales Awards. She runs social enterprise Women Create which consults on issues around women, young people and BAME groups. Shazia regularly appears on national media from Sky to LBC as a commentator, and writes for the New Statesman, the Huffington Post and The Independent.
Shazia’s impressive career led to her being listed in the Management Today/Sunday Times ’35 under 35′. She was also handpicked by the American Embassy and US State Department to spend several weeks in Washington DC taking part in community activism projects.