Shahid Azeem was named one of the Top 100 most influential Muslims in the UK. As a youth, Shahid found formal education unappealing; he also knew that without conventional qualifications, he would have to work a great deal harder in life to make it in the ‘real’ world. Fortunately, this challenge has probably been the key to his success. With no formal qualifications but a burning desire to succeed, Shahid has set up and run a string of multi-million pound, successful businesses – all within the IT Industry. “Straight talking and ethical” are the words Shahid uses to describe his business style.
To book Shahid Azeem for your next event, contact us today
Read more about Shahid Azeem
Shahid Azeem is an Award winning British-Pakistani entrepreneur and philanthropist, and one of Surrey’s best known business leaders whose success has been down to hard work, and a philosophy of doing business in the right and ethical way.
Perhaps a combination of his Muslim beliefs and the hard introduction to Britain he faced at the time of Skinheads and the BNP movement, helped shape his no nonsense character and his desire to become the success that he is today. In addition to a string of successful businesses, he has also been named one of the Top 100 most influential Muslims in the UK and was also named Asian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006/07.
Using the power of sport to integrate communities, he rescued Aldershot Football club from administration to make a community focused club with a view to make it inclusive, galvanising army; the Nepalese community; youth and mainstream via using the club as the hub for the community.
Woking Asian Business Forum- setup to integrate the Asian communities into the mainstream, focusing on female, youth and providing a platform for the voice of the community. WABF, each year since its inception has donated the official Xmas tree to the borough of Woking to exemplify inclusion and respect for all beliefs and cultures
Social enterprise – Through Arcom IT Shahid has setup incubators for start-up businesses, with all the back office functions, such as cloud based systems, hosted phones, state of art meeting rooms, Business mentoring and pro bono work on finances, accounting, legal and marketing.
Lots of things light up Shahid’ s life but if you want to guarantee a lively conversation that plays out like a match of the week, just mention football…
Along the way, he has never lost sight of how blessed he is and, no doubt because of his own life situation, Shahid has a readily available soft spot for people in need. He is a visionary of our time, a tireless worker, a stickler for getting things done and magnet for others who want to make a difference. The words others use to describe him, frequently come in the way of recognition and the awards he receives for his contributions to humanity.
Asian Entrepreneur of the Year 2006
First Non Academic Visiting Fellow at University of Surrey
Chairman of Woking Asian Business Forum
Charity Champion of the Year for Jubilee Action
Chairman of Aldershot FC
Special Advisor to Sporting Equals
Surrey Business Personality of Year 2010
Pakistani Entrepreneur of the Year 2010
Paul Harris Fellow 2011 (the first time this award has been bestowed on any member in the Guildford Rotary’s 35 year history)
Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey
Patron of Surrey Law Centre
Director of British Pakistan Foundation
Ambassador Mosaic HRH charity
Patron of GASP
WWF ambassador for Pakistan
Chairman of Social–Outsourcing, helping youngsters (NEET), into apprenticeship in digital and social marketing and finding employment
Listed in Independent on Sunday 2014, as Top 100 UK listed who makes a better difference to others.