The 2015 Princess Badiya Mentor of the Year Award, named after Founder Mosaic Chairman HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan, was awarded to Yorkshire’s Waseem Khan in front of 100 senior Mosaic mentors and supporters at EY’s flagship new building in Canary Wharf, London.
The Mentor of the Year Award recognises those individuals that have truly excelled in their roles as Mosaic mentors. They have a supreme passion for helping young people realise their potential and are committed to Mosaic’s mission of helping those from the most disadvantaged communities in the UK. Each of the finalists on the night was shortlisted after triumphing regionally as their Regional Mentor of the Year.
The final five included London mentor Paul Bellamy, who heads up operations at Gatehouse Bank; long-standing South East Mentor Mike Harvey; West Midlands mentor Nabila Zulfiqar, currently Chief Adjudicator for the Services Regulation Authority; North West Mentor Amsha Aslam, a full-time student at Manchester Metropolitan University; and eventual winner Yorkshire mentor Waseem Khan, an accountant at chartered accountancy firm, Hentons.
Waseem received the prestigious award from HRH Princess Badiya, and said immediately afterwards: “I’m ecstatic to have won, and a little surprised because the calibre of the other finalists was so amazing. I’ve been mentoring on the Enterprise Challenge programme for four years now and it’s just been a great opportunity to share my experiences and act as a role model for the young people of my community.
“The most rewarding part of the role is every year seeing the students grow and likewise I learn new things from them. They often start the programme a little nervous but by the end their confidence has grown hugely and they believe that they can achieve anything.”