Focus on Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Leadership Roles
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08/07/2021 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


Event Start Date:
8th July 2021
Event End Date:
8th July 2021
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Come join our panellists as they talk about their personal challenges, and opportunities for women in leadership roles



  • Hira Ali (Author, Executive Leadership Coach & Equality Advocate)
  • Ebba Qureshi (Founder & CEO FemGames)
  • Zara Mohammed (Secretary – General of the Muslim Council of Britain)


  • Suniya Qureshi


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Hira Ali (Author, Executive Leadership Coach & Equality Advocate.)An inspiring leadership trainer and career coach, Hira Ali has been committed to helping others achieve their potential throughout her award-winning career. She is an Associate Certified Coach accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and a licensed Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner. Hira is also a successful entrepreneur who has launched several businesses to support her mission, including Advancing Your Potential, Career Excel, International Women Empowerment Events and most recently, The Grey Area, which focuses on decoding inclusion. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Huff Post, and Entrepreneur, among hundreds of other TV, radio and print outlets, and earned Hira several prestigious honours including the Top 100 Women-Lift Effects award, the Women in Media award, The Baton Awards Entrepreneur of the Year and recognition as an Outstanding British Pakistani by British Pakistan Foundation. She was also named as a top D&I voice to follow on LinkedIn and featured as a role model in Girls Who Do You Want To Be alongside phenomenal world changers. In 2019, Hira released her first book entitled Her Way to the Top: A Guide to Smashing the Glass Ceiling which earned outstanding reviews globally. Hira’s second companion book—Her Allies: A Practical Toolkit to Help Men Lead through Advocacy—invites men to join the gender equality movement.


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Ebba Qureshi (Founder & CEO FemGames)Ebba is an accomplished campaigner with qualified experience of working in the Public Relations, Communications sector as well as developing high profile events. An active entrepreneur striving to empower women entrepreneurs across Pakistan. She is the founder and CEO of FemGames, where she aims to implement structured PE lessons for girls’ schools across Pakistan.




Zara Mohammed is a Law & Politics graduate. She is currently a third sector consultant.

In 2018, she was the Assistant Secretary General at the Muslim Council of Britain as well as the head of Media and Communications for the Muslim Council of Scotland.

In January of this year, she became the MCB’s youngest and first female Secretary General.



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Suniya Qureshi I have been a Senior Strategy Adviser at the International Unit G20 of the Department for Work Pensions and worked across UK government departments on social protection and human rights, international labour markets, and employment strategies in some of the UK’s most deprived wards. I ran the British Pakistan Foundation as Executive Director for two years whilst on a sabbatical from the civil service. Creating a formidable platform for the British Pakistani Diaspora. In my recent role as Business Development Executive at Algebra Consulting, I delivered a successful two day event at Olympia London in 2016, with a footfall of 20,000 people. I was responsible for managing stakeholders, campaigns and online outreach to increase subscriber-ship and curate and launch campaigns. My core achievements have been fundraising, community outreach, managing stakeholder relationships, campaigning, and media marketing. I have also written and produced six theatrical plays and am currently working on my seventh venture with our group have also written an unpublished novel which is still laying in my back draw. I have additionally consulted for Oxfam policy and Southbank Alchemy Festivals, on cultural and community, fundraising and engagement.

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