BBC news reporter
“The seeds of Mosaic were sown a few years before the official launch in 2007, when I was amongst several people invited to listen to an idea. HRH The Prince of Wales wanted to find a way of getting young British Muslims, often living in disadvantaged areas, to fulfil their potential by achieving their goals, aims and ambitions. The idea sounded great and so the challenge was set to make it a reality. During a long series of discussions and meetings, I was always impressed with the personal input of The Prince through his ideas, comments and questions.
Months later, Mosaic was born and I had the honour of hosting the launch. We didn’t know what the future would hold, but after five years it is now obvious that there was always a need for British professional Muslims to give others a helping hand in life. After building a firm foundation, Mosaic is now in a position to continue offering young British Muslims the skills and confidence needed to grow as individuals, enrich the lives of communities and strengthen Britain as a whole.”
Asad is an award winning reporter and presenter for BBC London Television News. His path into journalism was unusual, working as a Foreign Exchange Dealer in the City at the age of 18, before working at the House of Lords and then studying Law. Later, the BBC’s News Trainee Scheme paved the way for a new career in journalism and a long list of enjoyable challenges. These have included being the BBC’s Scotland Correspondent, a Political Reporter and presenting BBC Breakfast and Newsnight Scotland.
Asad has travelled widely with his work. His reports from Pakistan after the earthquake in 2005 won him a Royal Television Society London Reporter of the Year Award. He also helped BBC London win a Royal Television Society Programme of the Year Award with his coverage of London’s Olympic winning bid in Singapore. Asad was involved in some of the earliest discussions with HRH The Prince of Wales about forming Mosaic and he presented the charity’s official launch in 2007. He passionately believes in helping young people achieve their huge potential by unlocking untapped and hidden talent.