Minister of State (Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth) and Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Biography

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.

Education

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

Political career

  • Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief (2018 to 2019)
  • 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.

Minister of State (Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth)

The Minister’s responsibilities include:

More about this role

Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development

Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Prime Minister’s Special Representative (PMSR) on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict works with governments, the UN, civil society and others to:

  • strengthen accountability and tackle impunity
  • provide greater support for survivors
  • ensure gender equality is fully integrated in all peace and security efforts
  • deliver a more effective multilateral response to crimes of sexual violence in conflict

The PMSR also promotes and implements the commitments of the June 2014 Global Summit.

In addition to continuing the international campaign to raise awareness, the PMSR chairs the cross-Whitehall ministerial committee which brings together the FCO, DFID, MoD and the Home Office. The committee looks at implementation of UK commitments as well as what additional support we can provide politically and practically to key partners in order to secure measurable progress. The PMSR also chairs the PSVI Steering Board with NGOs, academia and experts.

The PMSR undertakes these activities on behalf of the Prime Minister, and reports to the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative

Previous roles in government

  1. Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Countering Extremism)
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
  4. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  5. Lord in Waiting (Government Whip)

Announcements

  1. Afghanistan political agreement: Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon's statement
  2. Three further flights to bring hundreds of British travellers home from Bangladesh
  3. UK announces more flights to bring stranded Brits home from India
  4. Fifth round of charter flights from India announced
  5. 20,000 stranded Brits returning to the UK from South Asia on UK charter flights
  6. UK announces 5 more flights from Bangladesh to bring home over a thousand Brits
  7. UK announces 9 more charter flights from Pakistan to return thousands of stranded Brits
  8. Thousands more Britons to return to UK on new India charter flights
  9. Bangladesh charter flights to return stranded Brits
  10. Pakistan charter flights to return thousands of stranded Brits