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Omar Khan

Omar Khan

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2012

Gulbenkian Fellowship

Update Spring 2013

How has this period of your Fellowship been?

I continued my coaching and tried to develop my secondment opportunity. However, I have now had to reevaulate my secondment and am first exploring an IBM opportunity and then NSPCC or Shelter or similar organizations (and perhaps Wellcome?)

What has been your greatest challenge?

My greatest challenge has been confirming my secondment. Google has not accepted me for legal/contractual reasons. Balancing family/work/;Clore has also been a challenge

How has your leadership  had an impact on those you work with?

Gave evidence in Parliament to APPG on Dementia, highlighting increasing cases of older BME people likely to get dementia in coming decades, which the peers and MPs found very useful (click here to see the transcript)

I will also now be working with Alzheimers UK to improve their delivery of services to ethnic minorities in Britain.

 In what way you are a better leader now than at the start of the Fellowship?

I am more likely to see myself as a leader. I was initially somewhat uncomfortable with the concept and indeed in acting in a way that was seen as too ‘pushy’. However, I now am more likely to volunteer myself to take a lead on projects or even internal issues, and am more confident and comfortable in doing so. One example is my volunteering to lead on work for the DWP as a member of the Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Group.

 What have learnt so far during the Fellowship programme?

I (sometimes!) need to say no, and sometimes let opportunities go. This is hard to do.  Not only is it difficult to deliver on too many commitments, but it can also lead to a loss of focus. One clear example of this has been my willingness to change both my secondment and research plans for my Clore fellowship.

What opportunites/support/skills/inspiration/lessons have you received from other Fellows?

I’ve had numerous positive interactions will fellows over the past quarter, including my action learning colleagues in particular. I have met them outside of our sets for advice on work, but have also had the support of aClore fellows outside my action learning set. The most prominent example is that Aftab has agreed to become the Treasurer for an organisation that I currently chair, and this has significantly improved the quality of our financial reporting, and thereby the accountability of the board.

How would you describe the CSLP experience so far?

The Clore social leadership fellowship has allowed me to take a step back from the multiple demands of my day-to-day work to think about what it is I am achieving, and what I think I should be doing in the coming years. Without the support of the CSLP I wouldn’t have the time – nor indeed the necessary support from other fellows, the CSLP team and my coach – to think about these questions, much less begin to develop answers to them.




Twitter: @omaromalleykhan

Current principal role: Head of Policy Research
Current principal organisation: Runnymede Trust
Other leadership role 1: Task Group Member and Chair at Olmec
Other organisation 1: Anti-poverty strategy: http://www.jrf.org.uk/topic/anti-poverty
Other leadership role 2: Impact Assessor
Other organisation 2: Sociology Research Excellence Framework

Research: Race Equality and Impact: Can unpopular causes achieve social change?
Research topics: Employment; Equality; Impact; Older people; Policy;
Secondment host: Oxfam

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