Hashi Mohamed – Keynote Speaker

Barrister, Broadcaster, Commentator and Thought Leader

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Specialist Subjects

  • Harnessing talent, taking risks
  • Change in society
  • Law and policy
  • Nature vs nurture debate
  • Social Mobility
  • Crossing divides
  • Migration Trends
  • Inclusion


  • English


Hashi Mohamed is one of the UK’s leading junior barristers, a broadcaster at the BBC and an author. He was called to the Bar (The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn) in 2010, and now at No5 Chambers he practices in public law with a specific focus on planning and environmental law. Mohamed presents documentaries on BBC Radio 4, most recently on 20 years since the inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, and on access to the top professions.

One of 12 children, born to an illiterate mother, Mohamed’s father died when he was just 9. Soon after, he came to the UK as an unaccompanied child refugee from Kenya in the summer of 1993. When Hashi Mohamed arrived he spoke basic English, attended failing schools and was raised exclusively on state benefits in a deprived area of North West London. Today, he is also a published author who attended Oxford University for his postgraduate degree and Bar School on a full scholarship.

His story is one of hope and ambition, aspiration and inspiration, luck and tragedy. He uses his personal journey to draw powerful conclusions for business and enterprise, public sector and central government – about devising better policy, about resilience, focus and the ability to adapt in the pursuit of success. The lessons to be drawn are multifaceted and relevant to many people and industries.

Hashi Mohamed writes and has been featured regularly in various newspaper publications, including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer and Prospect Magazine. In January 2020, Profile Books published Hashi’s first literary work – People Like Us; What it takes to Make it in Modern Britain – a non-fiction aiming to appraise the state of social mobility in modern Britain. The book is currently out in all bookstores, available in audio form as well.

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