Dr Zareen Roohi Ahmed is the Chair of The Halimah Trust
Dr Zareen Roohi Ahmed has become the first woman of Pakistani heritage to be appointed by King Charles III to serve as his special adviser.
The position will be similar to the one of an assistant secretary and will see Dr Ahmed take care of government and political matters.
Since ascending to the throne, King Charles III stated that he was also king of all minorities and that he was going to ensure that everyone was represented fairly.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said:
“We’ve been working to ensure our culture is inclusive. We are not where we would like to be and are committed to making progress.”
The king’s new advisor is reported to be a domestic and international affairs expert and will be helping him on all state matters.
Dr Ahmed will work with Dr Nathan Ross, who has also been newly recruited. He will work with the monarch on Commonwealth and sustainability.
Dr Ross has previously worked as New Zealand’s Deputy High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea.
But who is Zareen Roohi Ahmed?
She is the Founder and CEO of Gift Wellness Ltd, championing an award-winning range of natural products.
Gift Wellness aims to provide healthy lifestyle products that give customers a feeling of well-being and the knowledge they’re supporting a brand that cares about their individual needs.
Dr Zareen Roohi Ahmed is the Chair of The Halimah Trust, a charity established to fulfil the dreams of her daughter who was tragically murdered in 2007.
Dr Ahmed has been awarded the Asian Women of Achievement Award, the Asian Professional Award and the Order of St John.
She is also an Honorary Consul for Pakistan in Birmingham.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Dr Ahmed went on to obtain a Master’s degree from Harvard University in Public Administration and a PhD in International Relations, which she gained from the University of Cambridge.
This new position is a momentous accomplishment for Dr Ahmed and the wider British-Pakistani community.
She is not only the first woman, but the first person of Pakistani origin who has obtained such a superior position within the royal household.
Her position will see Dr Ahmed aiding King Charles III on a number of issues that are effective for Britain.
She has been handed the chance to work on promoting diversity and inclusion in the royal household.
The latest recruits will step into the Private Secretary’s office, where they will primarily advise the king on all constitutional, governmental and political affairs.