Councillor Dr. Mahamed Hashi is the Deputy Cabinet Member (Youth) for the London Borough of Lambeth.
Mahamed is extremely well known for his community work and holds a number of prominent positions on community engagement boards across London. In April 2013 the South London Press awarded Mahamed the Our Heroes Award in recognition of his work, and he has also been featured in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy 100 list and in the Evening Standard’s top 1000 influential list 2015.
He spoke about “Change Through Engagement” on BBC Radio 4 on 15 July 2020. He drew on his experience as a teacher, youth worker, councillor and victim of a stabbing and shooting to speak out against racist stereotyping. He explains why he thinks community outreach is a two way process: meeting people’s needs but also listening to what they have to say, especially young people. Positive engagement with the police and representative bodies is the way, he believes, to change racist culture and a discriminatory status quo.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy by the University in 2016.
Mahamed is the co-creator of Brixton Soup Kitchen, a community space for people in desperate need.
He has a YouTube Channel.