Maajid Nawaz speaking around the world in 2016
Maajid Nawaz is fo-founder and Chairman of Quilliam – a globally active think tank focusing on matters of integration, citizenship and identity, religious freedom, extremism and immigration.
Human Rights and a respect for individual liberty are matters close to Maajid’s heart. His work is informed by years spent in his youth as a leadership member of a global Islamist group, and his gradual transformation towards liberal democratic values. Having served four years as an Amnesty International adopted ‘prisoner of conscience’ in Egypt, Maajid is now a leading critic of his former Islamist ideological dogma, while remaining a Muslim. He now encourages inclusive citizenship-based participation of Muslims in the West, while seeking to synergize a respect for human rights with the civic liberal imperative to defend those in danger of being stigmatized by extremists of all stripes due to their personal choices. Maajid has become a prominent counter-extremism consultant and a regular writer, debater and public commentator. In this regard, he has been called upon by heads of state, statesmen and international bodies for his professional opinion.
In late June and early July this year, Maajid is involved with Power of Power, a four weekend long festival of talks and debates which explore the contemporary themes of Money (June 25-26), Dynasty (July 2-3) and Desire (Oct 8-9). Maajid will be taking part in a panel event at the Dynasty weekend in a discussion titled ‘Young, Free and Fundamentalist’ which will explore why young people are drawn to extremist ideologies.
In August Maajid will appear at the Non-Conference in Canada – an atheist conference that highlights secular issues, and in September he will make appear as keynote speaker at two different events in Amsterdam, before taking part in a panel event at the Perry World House Grand Opening at Pennsylvania State University in Philadelphia. Then in late September Maajid will be in Canada again, in Ottawa, for the One Young World Summit. The annual summit brings together the most valuable young talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and other forward-thinking organisations. Delegates to the summit meet and make lasting connections with peers from almost every industry, sector and country. No youth-led movement outside of the Olympic Games represents as many nationalities as the One Young World Summit.