Mr Qari Asim
Qari Asim, MBE is senior Imam at Makkah Mosque in Leeds, which has won the award of being UK's model mosque. He is a Legal Director at a global law firm, DLA Piper.
He is Deputy Chair of Government’s Anti-Muslim Hatred/ Islamophobia Working Group and he is Chair of Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, and senior editor of ImamsOnline.
Qari is a trustee of British Future, a think-tank which addresses identity, integration and migration. He is also a trustee of the charities Peace Matters and Hope not Hate, which seeks to challenge and defeat the politics of hate and extremism.
He is a member of ITV Yorkshire’s Diversity Group, on the advisory panel of Oxfam and on the regional leadership board of Mosaic, founded by HRH Prince of Wales, to inspire young people to realise their talents and potential.
Qari is passionate about fostering relations between communities and is a trustee of Christian Muslim Forum, an executive board member of National Council of Imams & Rabbis, a director of Forum for Promoting Peace (London) and one of the faith advisors to the Near Neighbours programme.
He holds various positions on a number of other organisations that focus on issues related to government policy, education, business, leadership, youth empowerment, gender equity, environment and social welfare.
He is a blogger and columns or comments from him appear in The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, Yorkshire Post and Huffington Post.