Usman and Charlotte
Usman Nawaz, aged 21, belongs to the Muslim faith and is a final year law student at the University of Hull. He was born and brought up in Rochdale in Greater Manchester.
In 2007 he was elected to serve a two-year term as Member of UK Youth Parliament and Chair of the Rochdale Youth Council.
During his time at university he held posts of General Secretary and Vice President of the Islamic Society where he raised the profile of the society and helped bring it into the mainstream university environment. He has also been a member of the Young Muslims Advisory Group which was established by the Government in 2008.
Usman has been involved with community radio for a number of years. In 2004 he helped set up a radio station in his secondary school which was recognised with a Philip Lawrence Award in 2005. Over the past couple of years, he has regularly contributed to the Sunday Breakfast show on BBC Humberside discussing faith and ethics and has also featured on Panorama.
Charlotte is a 27-year-old Quaker and a recent graduate of King’s College London, where she studied Religion in the Contemporary World. Having spent her first nineteen years in West Yorkshire, she has been living in London since 2008.
In addition to studying, she was been working in the third sector for the past five years including eight months living and volunteering at a children’s development centre in rural Uganda.
Prior to the Fellowship, she worked for the NGO ICYE UK as a coordinator responsible for facilitating short-term cultural exchanges and volunteering placements in African countries. She was amongst the founding member of the King’s College London Interfaith Network.
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