Asif Iqbal MBE sits on the BDA Board of Trustees.

A well-known public figure in the Deaf, Black and Minorities Ethnic and Disability World; Asif is passionate and committed to empowering diverse communities and enabling local deaf people across London to have a voice on local and national issues and participate in changes.

Previoulsy voted one of the 150 most influential disabled people in the country, he is also President of Harrow United Deaf Club. 

He was the first deaf person to work at Buckingham Palace in 2000 alongisde a special celebration for The Queen Mother’s 100th birthday. He has been actively involved in various projects including in an advisory role on the Royal Collection Queen's Gallery Project Group at Buckingham Palace to improve access to the Palace and Gallery tour for deaf people. He was also involved in the fundraising drive and successfully raised money for charities including BBC Children in Needs, Comic Relief, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Lepra, Macmillan Cancer, HIV Aids and St Luke's Hospices.

In addition to Asif’s work, he enjoys the vast variety of roles on voluntary basis including Public Appointment Ambassador for Cabinet Office and Government Equalities Office; Vice President of Deafax; Deaf Parenting UK Ambassador; and President of Harrow United Deaf Club. He recently joined the Board of Runnymede Trust Advisory Group to support Black Minority and Ethnic communities. He was also a former Board member of Disability Employment Advisory Committee for Department for Work and Pensions for six years, Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee; Former Board member of RADAR (now renamed as Disability Right UK), sat on British Council’s Disability Advisory Panel; and Member of the London Organising Committee Deaf Community Outreach Team of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2012.

Asif was honoured to meet Prime Minister, David Cameron earlier in 2015 at a Community Champion reception, to mark the contribution Asif has made in his local community.


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