Furqan Naeem is a community campaigner and political activist with a passion for social justice. Over the past decade Furqan has taken an active role in youth work, charity and political campaigns.
He was born and raised in Manchester and studied Pharmacy at the University of Bradford. After working in student politics he went on to complete his Masters in International Politics and Security Studies at the world-renowned peace studies department also at the University of Bradford.
Furqan currently works as a campaigner for Friends of the Earth – the biggest environmental campaigning organisation in the world.
Furqan’s passion for international development and charity work has seen him at the heart of many national campaigns organising fundraising events to raise much-needed funds for the poor and needy across the world.
He has been active volunteer for Islamic Relief that culminated with a charity trek to Mount Everest base camp. He travelled to Kenya and Somalia with Human Appeal International on a humanitarian delegation after the East Africa famine drought in 2011 and was the first employee of the fastest growing charity in the UK – Penny Appeal as their campaigns manager.
He was selected as a global ambassador for the Global Poverty Project working with communities to campaign against global poverty.
Having grown up and seen the lack of representation from the BAME community in the political process Furqan took it upon himself to get involved and encourage others to get politically engaged in order to contribute to wider society.
Furqan joined the Labour arty after a community organising event and was Chair of the local youth group in Manchester and the student club at his university. He served on the national committee of Labour Students campaigning to bring a living wage to staff at university institutions and served on the national committee of the youth wing of the Labour party where he was the BAME officer – increasing the voice of ethnic communities from the UK.
Furqan has been an active member of the student political movement in the UK serving as the Chair and then the Education Officer at Bradford Students Union as well being part of the first ever interfaith forum with the National Union of Students.
Through his various political role he has managed to engage with a number of senior politicians across all parties advising on issues ranging from getting young people involved in politics and how politicians should engage with BAME communities.
Furqan’s community work over the past decade was recognized by his peers and the Muslim community in the UK when he was awarded the Malcolm X Young Person’s award at the annual Muslim News Awards in 2013. In 2015 he was selected by the US State department on its prestigious International Visitors Leadearship Program to visit communities across America focusing on integration and community cohesion.
Furqan’s insight with grassroots communities has seen him interviewed across national news on television and broadcast media including the BBC, SKY, Channel 4 as well as Radio 4’s World at One speaking on issues on the environment, extremism and engaging young people and BAME communities in Politics. He regularly blogs on Huffington Post, Labour List and the Independent.
Furqan has been mentoring with Mosaic since 2010 primarily on Mosaic’s Secondary School Programme where he has been the lead mentor at his old high school – Burnage Academy in Manchester.
On his recent appointment to the regional board Furqan said that he “wanted to give young people the same opportunities he has had growing up and to inspire them to be the best version of themselves.”
He went on to say that “greatness is within their grasps… they just have to ignite the spark within them and that is where Mosaic comes in.”