Imran Ahmad Biography
Imran Ahmad is hugely popular with audiences as a spellbinding, intelligent and funny after dinner and keynote speaker. He was born in Pakistan, grew up in London, went to university in Scotland, and has had a global corporate career (General Electric, Unilever, Ernst &Young, Oracle) which took him all over the world, including five years living in the United States.
Imran Ahmad as an Acclaimed Writer
Imran is best known as the author of the highly acclaimed Unimagined – a Muslim boy meets the West, which is already being taught as English Literature at academic institutions – when he isn’t even dead yet! Unimagined was chosen by no less than three major newspapers (Independent, Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald) in their ‘best books of the year’ lists. This unique and moving book has propelled Imran to some of the world’s most prestigious literary festivals, where he always wows the audience.
President Obama’s inauguration speech, in which he mentioned a new era of ‘mutual respect’ between America and the Muslim world, inspired Imran to do something to contribute. He immediately went up to his study, pulled open a map of the United States, plotted a circular route around the entire country, and set about contacting potential hosts in each city. He thus organised a US speaking tour, and in mid-March he embarked upon it – driving 13,934 miles in a hybrid car, with 41 events in 39 cities. This extraordinary experience and the extremely positive responses from American audiences established Imran as a natural communicator and humorous, insightful speaker.
Compelling Keynote Speaker
Imran is a compelling and entertaining speaker, and received rave reviews from the audiences of his US tour – some suggesting that he should have been a stand-up comedian or an actor.
On the subject of ‘Islam and the West’, Imran’s main theme is ‘re-humanisation’ in the way that we deal with other parties. He weaves an intricate and compelling narrative of personal experiences which touch upon many subject areas: English Literature, sociology, religion, international relations, global politics, modern history, Homeland Security – told in a compelling, humorous and human way which keeps the audience spellbound. His account of the path to publication and the stubborn determination it required – whilst still doing his demanding, corporate ‘day job’ – is an enlightening and laugh-out-loud motivational and inspirational story, with many lessons about making assumptions and seizing opportunities.
Media and Current Affairs
Imran is on the Board of British Muslims for Secular Democracy, a diverse organisation which has the goal of dissolving the myth that all Muslims can be grouped together to fit a single stereotype, as well as opposing the imposition of theocratic and regressive cultural values on any individual, group or gender.
He has appeared on BBC television, Sky television, SBS television (Australia), Voice of America television, Press TV, National Public Radio, BBC radio (many times), Radio Australia, and ABC Radio National (Australia).
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Imran Ahmad News
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16th April 2013
Entrepreneur and star of Channel 4 show ‘Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory’, Willie Harcourt Cooze, has recently released a new range of chocolate desserts and gifts, which are now available all over the UK.
6th March 2013
Entrepreneur and lifestyle guru Lynne Franks is set to return to a career in PR after 19 years out of the business.
28th February 2013
After dinner speaker and current CEO of Mothercare, Simon Calver, has decided to write a book about his time working as the head of Lovefilm, the movie rental service.
20th February 2013
Farmer and after dinner speaker, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, plans to sell his well known, high end meat to Jamaican supermarkets and extend his clothing range.
8th February 2013
Featured in the Sunday Times, Fraser Doherty, Scotland’s pride and joy, boasts an arresting smile and friendly charm to top off the fairytale of entrepreneurship and drive, which culminated in one of the UK’s most successful businesses, and defied the economic pessimism of this generation.
25th January 2013
Rachel Bridge has released another book aiming to help people start their own business.
24th January 2013
Kanya King featured on the cover of Elite Business Magazine this month discussing her rise to fame.
11th January 2013
The popular show will be returning for a four-part Comic Relief celebrity special on BBC Two.
7th January 2013
Forbes has released a list of the twelve women to watch over the coming year.
30th August 2012
Forbes magazine has compiled a list of the top 100 women in the world, led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, amongst other heads of state, CEOs, entrepreneurs, celebrities and philanthropists, including Hillary Clinton, Melinda Gates, Michelle Obama and Christine Lagarde.
Imran Ahmad Reviews
Imran Ahmad has spoken and appeared at a number of recent corporate events. Please find some client speaker testimonials and reviews for Imran Ahmad for a number of these events and conferences. If you would like some additional information as to how to book Imran Ahmad for your corporate event, then please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email email@example.com
Imran Ahmad's talk in Pasadena was a real eye-opener, though not only in the way I'd expected. There was much more to his presentation than merely sharing his experiences as the child of Pakistani immigrants in England. Imran is a consummately entertaining storyteller, who focuses on the humanity of everyone he meets and knows just how to extract the relevant theme from each experience so that his audience can appreciate its full import. He truly engages with the audience, establishing rapport through humorously self-deprecating anecdotes and no-holds-barred honesty. And the question and answer portion of Imran's talk was every bit as interesting as the prepared speech. Imran Ahmad will give any group a fascinating introduction to an unfamiliar world and enrich the life of anyone who wants to engage on a personal level with a fellow human being.
Imran Ahmad is fascinating to listen to. His message brought a big crowd of people into our offices to listen. His wit and delivery style engaged them throughout. Enjoyable and informative ... so many subjects ... Islam and the West, global politics, modern history, international relations, Homeland Security, even Shakespeare and spirituality, all woven by a master storyteller into a spellbinding narrative that gave many of us fresh perspectives. The audience loved it!
This was an amazing talk. Imran weaved Shakespeare, re-humanization, anthropology, current affairs, Islam and the West, geo-politics, corporate life, self-help, spirituality, motivation and following your dream into a wonderful, engaging and hilarious narrative that had me riveted.
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