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Bangladeshi activist to be honoured with Queen’s Young Leaders Award

Her Majesty The Queen will present The Queen’s Young Leaders Award to winners from 45 different Commonwealth countries at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, on 23rd June.

Osama Bin Noor is one of the Queen's Young Leaders winners of 2016.
Osama Bin Noor is one of the Queen's Young Leaders winners of 2016.

Her Majesty The Queen will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to an exceptional young person from Bangladesh at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday 23rd June.

As the Commonwealth celebrates The Queen’s 90th birthday, this year’s Award winner, Osama Bin Noor aged 25, has been recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in his community. As a Queen’s Young Leader, he will be representing Bangladesh as he joins winners from 45 different Commonwealth countries in London for five days of high-level engagements, all designed to help them further their life-changing work.

Before receiving their Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street and the UK headquarters of global social networking company Twitter, and meet with senior executives at the BBC World Service. They will also meet the Commonwealth Secretary General, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, have meetings with UK business leaders, and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.

Osama Bin Noor has been recognised for co-founding Youth Opportunities, an online platform advertising scholarships, internships and conferences. Selected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth applied to be a Queen’s Young Leader, Osama said: “I am so happy to be a recipient of The Queen’s Young Leaders Award. To be recognised for my work and be presented with an Award by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace is such a huge honour. I can’t wait to meet all the other winners in London and get involved in all the exciting activities that are taking place throughout the week.”

This year’s Award winners are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues including education, climate change, gender, mental health and improving the lives of people with disabilities.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2017 application process

The application process to become a 2017 Queen’s Young Leader opens at 8pm BST on Friday 24 June 2016. The programme is looking for people aged between 18 and 29 who are dedicated to creating positive changes to the lives of people in Bangladesh.

Details about how to apply to become a Queen’s Young Leader, together with information about the 2016 Award winners and Highly Commended runners up, is available at

Further information

British High Commission Dhaka
United Nations Road
P O Box 6079
Dhaka - 1212


Follow the British High commissioner to Bangladesh on Twitter: @AlisonBlakeFCO

Follow the British High commission Bangladesh on Twitter and Facebook: @UKinBangladesh and UK in Bangladesh

Published 21 June 2016