Ministerial role

Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • all Foreign & Commonwealth Office business in the House of Lords
  • The Commonwealth (as an institution)
  • the UN, peacekeeping, conflict and International Criminal Court
  • Overseas Territories (excluding Falklands, Sovereign Base Areas and Gibraltar)
  • the Caribbean
  • human rights, freedom of religion or belief, and modern slavery
  • national security: counter terrorism, countering violent extremism and cyber

Current role holder: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Lord Ahmad was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and as Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations on 13 June 2017. In July 2018 he was also appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion and Belief.

Education

He was educated at Rutlish School and London South Bank University (LSBU) as well as the Chartered Institute of Financial Services.

Political career

  • Minister for Aviation and Trade – Department for Transport (2016 to 2017)
  • Minister for Countering Extremism – Home Office (2015 to 2016)
  • Transport Minister – Skills & Aviation Security (2015 to 2016)
  • Communities & Local Government Minister (2014 to 2015)
  • Government Whip and Lord in Waiting (2012 to 2014)
  • Vice-Chairman (national) of the Conservative Party (2008 and 2010)
  • Councillor (Wimbledon Park) and Cabinet Member in the London Borough of Merton between 2002 and 2012

Career outside politics

Lord Ahmad had a 20 year career in the City working in banking and finance, including at the NatWest Group where he was a senior manager in corporate banking and financial markets. He was later Vice-President and Marketing Director of Alliance Bernstein and his last role before joining the government was as Strategy and Marketing Director at Sucden Financial.

Personal life

Lord Ahmad is married and has a daughter and 2 sons.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE

    • 2014 to 2017

Announcements

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  1. PSVI Film Festival: Fighting Stigma Through Film

    • News story
  2. Universal Periodic Review 31st session: Minister for Human Rights statement

    • Press release
  3. Fighting the stigma of sexual violence: Lord Ahmad launches film festival

    • Press release
  4. Government commits £12 million to champion freedom of religion or belief worldwide

    • Press release
  5. FCO Minister for the Commonwealth and the UN visits Indonesia

    • Press release
  6. Lord Ahmad marks World Day Against the Death Penalty

    • Press release
  7. Lord Ahmad congratulates Nobel Prize winners Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

    • Press release
  8. Lord Ahmad reaffirms UK commitment to stamp out anti-semitism

    • News story
  9. Minister calls for women to be included in peacebuilding process

    • News story
  10. "Support survivors of sexual violence in conflict" Minister says

    • Press release