Pav Akhtar

Director of Public Affairs and Sponsorship

Pav is an employment and equality law practitioner. He is Director of Professionals and Managers at UNI – the global trade union for private sector workers, prior to which he worked as Director of Communications at Education International, and National Race Equality Officer of UNISON, the public sector union. Pav also worked in central government as Head of Equality in the Department of Education, and as a private sector analyst in the Department of International Development.

Since graduating from Cambridge University, where Pav was elected the first Black President, he has served as NUS National Black Students’ Officer; a councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth, and as an LGB rights advisor to Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London. Pav was elected to the boards of Pride London, and Imaan – the Muslim LGBT group. Pav was also appointed by the UK government to serve as an employments’ tribunal member and a Public Appointments Ambassador to promote race, gender and disability equality in public life.

Pav has won a number of accolades including the Gold Medal at the British Diversity Awards; Ethnic Student of the Year; a top-50 entrant in the Pink List; Trinity College Dublin’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Rights, and a nomination for the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award.

Pav can be emailed at: pav@ukblackpride.org.uk