Dr Na’eem Ahmed, Founder of “Selfless”, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his outstanding contribution to volunteering and Healthcare in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019.
Dr Ahmed has worked for more than a decade in volunteering related projects.
Dr Ahmed began his interest in volunteering by organising a local football club, then progressed to supporting young people to find meaningful volunteering opportunities; from planting trees to providing arts and craft sessions at nursing homes.
He has worked on projects engaging students in public health promotion opportunities, establishing a diverse network of student health ambassadors to carry out health education projects to reach underserved communities in London. Working with like-minded colleagues, Na’eem spearheaded the award-winning international healthcare-volunteering programme, Elective Aid.
Na’eem has served in advisory roles to the Mayor of London’s Team London, at the Department for International Development (DFID) and as a Trustee at Macmillan Cancer Support. He was also named as a ‘Point of Light’ by former Prime Minister David Cameron.
Dr Ahmed said:
“This award came as a great surprise and I am honoured to receive it on behalf of all the inspiring people that have helped make the projects that I have been involved with a success. Volunteers are an essential thread within society, one that is too often under-appreciated until there is a time of need. I feel privileged to have been able to witness first-hand the life-changing impact volunteering can have on a local, national and international level.”
John-Paul Preston, Chairman of Selfless said:
“Na’eem is thoroughly deserving of this prestigious award. His dedication and drive have enabled those most in need to access better quality health care and education. Through Na’eem’s stewardship, we have not only made a direct impact and provided thought-leadership in the sphere of Global Health, but also inspired a legacy of thoughtful Global Health leaders from amongst our volunteers.”