Saleem Asghar Kidwai, OBE awarded an Honorary Fellowship by UWTSD


Mr Saleem Asghar Kidwai, OBE was today awarded an Honorary Fellowship by UWTSD and made a Professor of Practice during the second day of its graduation ceremonies at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to public life.

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Mr Saleem Asghar Kidwai, OBE is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of EBSP Ltd, Leadership, Equality and Diversity Training Centre. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Islamic Banking and Finance Centre UK.

Presenting the award, UWTSD’s Dr Catrin Williams said: “Today we honour the distinguished contribution made to public life by Mr Kidwai, who is driven by an acute sense of the need to combat prejudice – prejudice that stems from ignorance – and to ensure that community and interfaith relations are undergirded by an informed understanding of Islam as well as an enlightened appreciation of the significant contribution of the Muslim communities to Welsh life and society.

“Mr Kidwai is a founding member of Interfaith Council Wales and also of the Faith Communities Forum, which aims to facilitate dialogue between the Welsh Assembly Government and the faith communities on matters affecting the economic, social and cultural life of Wales. Within his own community, he has been the driving force behind a flagship youth training programme called i-Lead, designed to empower young Muslim adults into becoming confident leaders. By building on the legacy created by Mr Kidwai and others, young people are being equipped to promote active citizenship and to engage with real life campaigns.

“We are particularly delighted that Mr Kidwai has also accepted the invitation to become a Professor of Practice in Interfaith Relations at the university. His dedication to and vision of interfaith dialogue is underpinned by a profound humility and generosity of spirit as well as a genuine interest in people regardless of their colour, faith, ethnicity or nationality. We therefore look forward very much to working with Mr Kidwai on several exciting projects and interfaith initiatives in the years to come.”

The title of ‘Professor of Practice’ is bestowed upon an individual to honour and recognise that person for having attained academic and/or professional distinction in those disciplines which are aligned with the strategic intentions of the university.


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Mr Kidwai said he was deeply honoured to receive the award and extended his congratulations to all UWTSD graduates.

He said: “Today is a very proud day for you and your family. You are starting your new careers in the university of life. You will go on learning, you will succeed and you will also fail, but you must keep on learning. You are the privileged ones and must not let any prejudices get in your way. The future is in your hands, and please keep talking to each other. Interaction is important, it brings understanding and patience. The culture of differences brings us all together, we must work through education to understand each other. It is the diversity of dfifferences that makes the world interesting. We must all be accepting of each other.”

Mr Kidwai also serves as Independent Director at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Mr Kidwai is a Member of Board of Governors, Cardiff Metropolitan University and a Wales Committee Member of Equality & Human Rights Commission Wales. Mr. Kidwai is also a Director of Groundwork Wales and Chair its Finance Committee, member of Glas Cymru; Trustee of South Wales Islamic Educational Trust; Secretary General- Muslim Council of Wales; Trustee Muslim Council of Wales Charitable Foundation; Chair of the Executive Committee, Islamic Social Services Association-Wales; Chair of the Executive Committee, New Leaf- Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders and Vice President, Welsh Scouts Council.

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