Meet Fouzia Younis, the first female British Muslim Head of UK Diplomatic Post
Fouzia was also the co-chair of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Network (BAME) until March 2020.
In an exciting new development, a British Muslim woman has been appointed as the Head of the UK Diplomatic Post.
Fouzia Younis is a British diplomat of Pakistani descent, and she has become the first woman to be selected as the head of a UK diplomatic post. Younis has also been named the British Consul General to Toronto, Canada, after working as the communications director at the British High Commission in Islamabad.
First British Muslim woman appointed as Head of UK Diplomatic Post
Younis has extensive expertise in coaching, developing, and managing multicultural and diverse teams, along with establishing international partnerships in the Middle East and South Asia.
Fouzia was also the co-chair of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Network (BAME) until March 2020. She also led a global network of more than 250 personnel. Younis took to Twitter to express her gratitude. She thanked her father, who would drop her off at the coaching station at 4 am for job interviews.
Younis also mentioned her mother for encouraging her to seek further education and would accompany her home through dark streets.
To my aba who used to drop me at Digbeth Coach Station at 4 am so I could get to my work interviews, & my late ama who stood up for 18 year old me to go to uni & waited at bus stops to walk me home through dark streets. You went without for our today. Shukriya
— Fouzia Younis (@YounisFouzia) March 24, 2023
Three years ago, Fouzia made headlines after she landed the role of director of communications at the British High Commission in Islamabad. She was the first diplomat from a South Asian country to have been appointed for this role. Younis has also led British strategic efforts across the Gulf Cooperation Council region and worked on the Royal Visit. She managed English cricket and has been a part of many other endeavors, adding to her professional portfolio.
It is important to mention here that Younis is the first to go to university in her family, and she did her bachelor’s at the University of Manchester. She went on to do a Master’s from the University of Cambridge.
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