Asif Iqbal MBE

Asif Iqbal MBE is well known for his vast contribution to the Harrow area for the past 5 years and loves working with the local communities. To date, he has developed strong links with diverse communities and engaging with Deaf and Hearing people, bringing people together living and working in Harrow.

Asif has been President of Harrow United Deaf Club since 2009 and has organised several successful events including: London Olympic Reception 2012; Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration 2012; Eid Mubarak & Diwali Celebration; Easter; Christian and Jewish Festival; LGBT Awareness; Chinese New Year; International Women Day; Harrow Deaf Awareness Day 2013. These events have given the opportunities to promote awareness of different faiths and social/cultural backgrounds aswell to bring educational programmes to our members of all ages who are Deaf and Hearing, bringing community cohesion and sharing mutual understandings.  Asif has also supported many local events including Black History Month, Holocaust Memorial Day, Harrow Poppy Day and given inspirational speeches at Hatch End High School and at Harrow Heroes Awards 2012.

In recognition of his community and voluntary work, Asif gained his MBE for his services to Deaf and Disabled people in 2011. Asif was also featured as one of the 60 Faces of Harrow in the Diamond Jubilee book, organised by Harrow Council. The 60 Faces of Harrow book was hand given to Her Majesty The Queen when she visited Harrow for her Jubilee Celebration in June 2012. Asif is in receipt of several awards for his work, including Community Development Award 2013; Special Award in Civil, Social and Community Services in Harrow 2013; GG2 Leadership Award 2013 and Highly Commended for European Diversity Award’s Inspirational Role Model of the Year 2013.

Asif Iqbal appointed Harrow Arts Centre Ambassador and involved in local community projects. 

Harrow Arts Centre is delighted to welcome Asif Iqbal MBE, President of HADC onto their board of Ambassadors, who works with Harrow Arts Centre to engage with local people. The Centre explained the important roles of Ambassadors that Ambassadors make a vital contribution to Harrow Arts Centre’s success by helping engage new audiences, through helping to develop the Centre’s programme for the future and promoting events and activities in their local communities. The aim of Harrow Arts Centre is to increase general audiences, as well as looking to broaden their engagement within currently under-represented communities including the successful BSL interpreted performance of ‘The Sleeping Beauty’.

Asif is also involved in the Headstone Manor Museum project’s Access Panel to advice on accessibility for deaf/ hard of hearing people in accessing to their Museum.

Asif is also standing as an Independent Candidate for Marlborough Ward of Harrow for the local election: http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/local-news/deaf-rights-campaigner-step-world-6786942;  and
http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/11065801.Deaf_charity_president_to_run_in_council_elections/