Talat Yaqoob is a third-sector leader, writer and campaigner, focused on equality issues across politics, public life and the labour market; in particular championing women, communities of colour and migrants. She is an independent consultant providing policy, public affairs and research expertise to the third and public sectors. She was the Director of Equate Scotland, the national expert on women in science, engineering, technology and the built environment. She is a co-founder and Chair of the campaign group Women 50:50, advocating for fair representation of women in politics, which won a Herald Diversity Award in 2017. She is also a member of the First Minister’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls.
Talat is a well-versed public speaker and commentator across media on equalities issues. She won the Write to End Violence Against Women Award in 2017 and the Saltire Scotland Outstanding Women of 2018 award.