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Anwar Akhtar

Anwar Akhtar

Director, The Samosa

Anwar Akhtar is Director of The Samosa.

Anwar was born in Manchester, to Pakistani parents and spent his junior years working on his dad’s market stalls selling jumpers and T shirts. He was Chief Executive of the Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA) and spent three years as Director of Rich Mix, an arts and cultural centre in East London and ten years working as a DJ and Club promoter in Sheffield. He graduated in social studies at Sheffield Hallam University and was a fellow on the Clore leadership programme in 2004. 

He is now Director of The Samosa, a digital media news, culture and publishing project, focusing on Britain, South Asia, the Pakistani Diaspora and the politics of identity and human rights.  Anwar is also an associate of Manchester a cooperative working across urban design, regeneration, sustainability and community involvement.

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