Book Anj as your Speaker

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Hi, I’m Anj Handa, Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers.

One of Grant Thornton UK’s 100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy in 2018, I was also honoured to win the AFSA Award for Positive Action in 2017.

My changemaking work has been featured in several books (which you can read about below), and extensively by the media, including ITV, The Guardian and HuffPo. The most random accolade I’ve received has to be being described by i-news as ‘a bloody brilliant woman’!

When I’m not running my business, I give my time to Chair arts organisation Freedom Studios and I’m a Governor of Leeds Arts University too. I’m passionate about the arts, love to paint and walk in nature.

How I got into changemaking

In 2014, my life changed when I was introduced to Afusat Saliu and her two little daughters. I led a high-profile campaign on their claim for asylum based on the risk of Female Genital Mutilation to the little girls in Nigeria.

I pulled together a top legal team and started a petition which gathered 128,000 signatures. The campaign attracted attention from the global media, MPs and even personalities such as Richard Branson!

Unfortunately, the family were eventually deported, but my fundraising campaign through a local charity secured their accommodation and schooling for a full year.

I learned that by gathering professional, motivated people together, it’s possible to make an impact on the lives of others on a massive scale. And that’s how Inspiring Women Changemakers came about.

Anj Handa with Afusat Saliu and her girls

Using story to teach and inspire others

My experiences showed me what I’m capable of and brought me into contact with influential and inspirational people from around the world. Possibilities I couldn’t have dreamt of opened up. I want the same for others.

In my talks, I teach the personal and professional lessons that I developed through leading a high-profile legal and media campaign to inspire others to make change in themselves, their communities and in the wider world.

Recent talks include the opening keynote at the Chartered Management Institute IWD18 conference, the closing plenary at the Institute of Fundraising Yorkshire conference, the Charity Retail Association Annual Conference and moderator for Disorienting Race, Carnegie School of Education.

Book Anj as a Speaker

As a professional lobbyist of over 15 years, I have a wealth of experience of social impact and inclusion to share with your audience. I’ve spoken in the UK and abroad, in venues as diverse at The House of Commons and the Palace in Brussels.

Audiences have been as intimate as 35 and as large as 400. My talks focus on three key areas of leadership and can be tailored to your objectives. These are:

  • Power of Connection (based on my global campaigning experience of using social media for social good)
  • Navigating the Labyrinth: Shattering the Myth of the Glass Ceiling
  • How to Win Supporters and Influence People in a World of Digital Noise

Download my media kit for more details. Within the IWC membership, we have a range of speakers who cover other topics, so contact us to discuss your event. I also offer conference moderation and accessibility expertise.

Gary Hibberd

Gary Hibberd

MD of boutique Cyber Security consultancy, Agenci

Each year, Agenci hosts a ‘Cyber Security’ event, where we ask speakers from all walks of life to offer insight into our Digital world.

We were delighted to have Anj speak and her presentation went down a storm! She was articulate, funny, emotive and thought provoking - not easy to do in the time we gave her!

I would highly recommend Anj to speak at your event. I have nothing but praise for her approach and her style.

Featured in Print

I have been featured in Generation Share by Benita Matofska and Sophie Sheinwald, which launches on 17th June 2019. It’s a visual storybook featuring 200 global changemakers, the largest ever collection of changemaker stories. My work on Female Genital Mutilation and asylum also been included in Eradicating FGM in the UK by Guardian writer Hillary Burrage, and Refugee Tales by Comma Press.

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