Fellow: Zazai
Elected: 2022
Discipline: Professional, Educational and Public Sector Leadership
Dr Sabir Zazai
Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Refugee Council
Passionate about refugee rights, social justice, human rights and intercultural relations, Sabir was appointed CEO of Scottish Refugee Council in September 2017. As the head of Scotland’s national refugee rights organisation he is dedicated to using his skills and knowledge to build a fairer and more equal society for everyone in Scotland. Before joining Scottish Refugee Council, Sabir was CEO of Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre from 2014 – 2017.
Sabir came to the UK in 1999, seeking protection from the conflict in Afghanistan. He is able to draw on his own experiences of seeking asylum and building a life in a new country to support individuals and communities in Scotland going through similar experiences. Sabir has a wealth of knowledge about community integration that is informed both by his personal experiences and his research and campaigning background in conflict resolution and refugee rights. His policy and research work in refugee integration focuses on community cohesion management, integration and social relations.