Fatima Zaman was selected by the Kofi Annan Foundation to become one of its Extremely Together Young Leader's based on her track record in fighting violent extremism in the UK. As a civil servant, she advises key stakeholders on countering violent extremism (CVE). Her expertise lies in the role of education in preventing violent extremism, gender and peace-building.
In 2016, as part of the Extremely Together initiative, she helped write and design the first ever youth-led CVE tool-kit and guide, a practical resource to empower youth across the world to actively prevent violent extremism. Alongside this, in 2017 she pioneered the first ever CVE Roadshow in schools and universities across international boundaries to help young people understand and disengage from extreme violence.
In 2018 Ms. Zaman became the only UK national to form part of the Inaugural Class of President Obama Scholars, at the Obama Foundation, focusing on the further development of educational resources, workshops and trainings for peace-building and the prevention of radicalisation into violent extremism.
Ms Zaman has also been named as the UK Asian Woman of Achievement, with judges commending her for her internationally groundbreaking work on bringing improvements to peace, security and countering violent extremism in conflict countries. In the laudatio, judges earmarked her as a future Nobel Prize winner.
She hopes to continue the work of her late mentor, Kofi Annan, and strives to empower young people to build long-lasting and sustainable peace in their communities and overcome the challenges of extreme violence.