Esmat Jeraj is a community organiser and activist. Professionally, she works as the Director of Operations at the Patchwork Foundation which strives to build confidence and resilience amongst young people from disadvantaged communities, whilst promoting their participation in British democracy and civil society.
She previously led a national commission exploring barriers to Muslim participation in public life; and authored its report The Missing Muslims, which explored issues around integration, employment disadvantage, anti-Muslim prejudice and Muslim institutions. She also worked to promote community sponsorship of refugees affected by the Syrian conflict, and sits on the Advisory Board for Sponsor Refugees.
Outside of work, Esmat facilitates leadership training for young people and women, as well as acting as a strategic advisor for a number of community organisations and charities.