Fozia Irfan OBE

“As racial inequality remains one of the most critical issues of our time, foundations will need to understand the historical context of the UK’s colonialist history in order to recognise the link with racial disparities exhibited in communities today.”

Neo-Colonial Philanthropy

Fozia is a Civil Society leader and has worked mainly with philanthropic foundations, trying to persuade them of the importance of social justice. 

She was previously awarded the national ‘Rising Star CEO’ award by the National Charity Times and voted one of the 25 Most Influential Charity Leaders in the sector. Fozia set up the ground-breaking Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coalition of foundations, leading fifteen major national foundations in more equitable practices. She was appointed a Leadership Fellow in 2019, a Churchill Fellow in 2020 and is also a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School on the Charity Management Masters Programme.