Senior Fellow Cultural and Community Development
Saiqa gained her Masters in Security Studies from the University of Birmingham in 2005 and since then has been working in the further education and youth employment and training sector.
For the Kyra Foundation, Saiqa pioneered initiatives to draw talented mature students into higher education. She developed and managed training programmes, teaching modules and was responsible for the supervision and mentoring of students. Saiqa managed a major employment and welfare programme for the major British charity, Groundwork. Her work opened up training opportunities for 2000 unemployed young people in the Midlands. Another aspect of Saiqa's work was to develop and deliver a programme of seminars and workshops for start up businesses in Birmingham.
Saiqa&39;s work in improving access to further education was recognised with an Outreach Project award from Birmingham City Council in 2007.
Her six years of experience of working with the West Midland's diverse ethnic minority communities has given Saiqa specialist knowledge and a keen insight into urban and education policy; and the practical implications of the debates on identity, integration, gender, politics and culture.
Saiqa is fluent in Urdu and is a qualified public service Urdu interpreter. Saiqa maintains a continuing interest in questions of security, globalisation, development policy and international affairs and a commitment to empowering young people to achieve their potential through the arts and culture.