Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon is the Minister of State for the Commonwealth, the UN and South Asia, and the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

As the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Lord Ahmad supports the UK's commitment to religious tolerance, and demonstrates the country’s commitment to religious freedom by promoting interfaith respect and dialogue internationally.

His role also involves promoting the UK’s firm stance on religious tolerance and respect abroad, helping to tackle religious discrimination in countries where minority faith groups face persecution.

Lord Ahmad was appointed Minister of State with responsibility at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and appointed the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, in June 2017. Prior to this, he was Minister for Aviation and Trade and Minister for Skills & Aviation Security at the Department for Transport (2015-2017), Minister for Countering Extremism at the Home Office (2015 - 2016) and Local Government and Communities Minister (2014-2015).

Lord Ahmad has also undertaken the role of Government Whip and Lord in Waiting to HM the Queen (2012-2014), Vice-Chairman (national) of the Conservative Party (2008-2010) and Councillor (Wimbledon Park) and Cabinet Member in the London Borough of Merton (2002-2012).

Lord Ahmad had a 20 year career in the City working in banking and finance, including at the NatWest Group where he was a senior manager in corporate banking and financial markets. He was later Vice-President and Marketing Director of Alliance Bernstein and his last role before joining the government was as Strategy and Marketing Director at the commodities firm, Sucden Financial.

Lord Ahmad joined us for the final Freedom of Religion or Belief retreat in our Emerging International Leaders programme, in July 2019, and gave an inspirational presentation to our 50 international student participants on the closing day.