YPS President Professor Waqar Ahmed and Founding Chair Dr Nasar Ali win 2022 Outstanding Achievements Awards for ‘Youth Leadership Development’

Over the past 3 years Young Professional Society has worked tirelessly to bring key leadership principles to youngster via a range of activities including workshops, clubs, courses, and lectures from world renowned professionals. These have included scientistic, lawyers, politicians, doctors, academics, entrepreneurs and other business leaders. Youngsters have had access through Q & A sessions, group and one-to-one mentoring and coaching sessions. The main goal of the activities was to build leadership knowledge and experience of young people because they will go forward in the future and shape society and the environment in which humans live. The training went beyond academic knowledge to high quality experiential and immersive activities so that the principles are embedded in the nervous system of each participants making it useable in real life situations.

The activities employed principles of 100% participation and engagement and used accelerated learning technology to embed knowledge and experience with individual’s personalities so that core principles become habits that enable excellence to be achieved.


YPS has strived to recognise excellence and the achievements of young people through their major Young Leaders Award. The inaugural award (in 2020) went to Dr Yarjan Samad from the Cambridge Graphene Centre (University of Cambridge) for his work on graphene-based materials for space applications. In 2022, the award went to Lady Zahra Niazi from Bradford City Council (2021) who has demonstrated leadership and championed diversity and equality amongst all people of Bradford and beyond. This year’s 2022 award went to Dr Tanveer Tabish from the University of Oxford who has made scientific breakthroughs and significant contributions to the development of anti-cancer nanomedicines and is currently working on projects to support British Heart Foundation in providing solutions to overcome the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.


These 3 award recipients will be attending and speaking at the YPS’ Leaders Conference 2022 to be held on 6th August 2022 in Manchester. The conference will host many world-renowned speakers and leaders in different fields and will also hold a special expert panel session “Quo Vadimos on Leadership in a Volatile World for Young Professionals”.


In recognition for their contributions to ‘Youth Leadership Development’, Prof. Waqar Ahmed (University of Lincoln) President and Dr Nasar Ali, Founding Chair of Young Professional Society were presented with 2022 Achievement Awards by Nazir Afzal OBE, the new Chancellor of University of Manchester and Lord Wajid Khan, Baron Khan of Burnley, and former Member of European Parliament (MEP) and Lord Mayor of Burnley, respectively.

Speaking at the presentations Dr Ali (pictured on the left) dedicated these awards to the energetic efforts of professionals who have generously contributed their time and effort for the benefits of youngsters. They provide the impetus to intensify and diversify into activities that will benefit our future leaders and their efforts to make the world a better environment for everyone on the planet. The awards ceremony took place at the Old Trafford Cricket Club (Etihad Stadium) on 21 May 2022 and was attended by 800 people consisting of professionals, leaders, businesspeople, and artists. The mega event was hosted by DM Group and chaired by Dr Liaqat Malik.

Photo at the top left is of Prof. W. Ahmed (left) and Dr N. Ali (right) with their awards at the Awards Ceremony held at the Old Trafford Cricket stadium (Etihad Stadium).

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