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Kishan Devani, BEM, FSRA - Hon Vice President

Kishan Devani, Hon Vice President, Green Liberal Democrats (Kishan Devani)

A politician, consultant and educator whose work has been pioneering in the area of community-cohesion.

One of the youngest BAME Freemen of the City of London as well as a seasoned politician, consultant and educator, his work has been pioneering in the area of community cohesion within the British-Asian community.

Since leaving university ten years ago, he has engaged young Asian people to get involved in British civic life through talks at schools, colleges and universities, with the aim of inspiring them to join the fields of politics, education and social service.

He has previously served as Deputy Chairman of the London Conservative Party, becoming the youngest politician of ethnic minority background to be appointed to the role, before leaving to join the Liberal Democrats. He now serves as a Board Member of the Lib Dems and Vice President of the Liberal Democrats Campaign for Race Equality.

A passionate campaigner for equality and inclusion, he has worked closely with British Asians to build community links in London and beyond, as well as working with young people at risk of radicalisation.

Kishan was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in Her New Years Honour's List 2020 with the BEM (British Empire Medal) for Services to Community Cohesion.

Kishan was also made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015 and was honoured with the Freedom of the City of London - making him one of the youngest BAME Freemen of London.

He was the Deputy Chairman (Membership and Finance) of the London Conservative Party. He sat on the National Association Finance Board of the Conservative Party. In addition to this, he was the Chairman of Conservative Way Forward's Treasurers Committee. He stood for Parliament in 2015 for the Constituency of Leicester East and has previously stood for Council elections in 2014. As well as this, he was a candidate for the Greater London Assembly for the elections in 2016.

Kishan left the Conservative Party in 2017 due to Brexit and their Anti-Immigrant outlook and joined the Liberal Democrat Party - he was appointed to be a Treasurers Envoy for the Party by Lord Michael German (the party's Treasurer).

He was also appointed to the party's Racial Equality Working Group.

Kishan was appointed Vice-President of the Liberal Democrats Campaign for Race Equality (LDCRE). Kishan was also elected Vice-Chairman of Liberal Democrats in Business.

Kishan was also the Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Montgomeryshire in the 2019 General Election. Kishan was also appointed Ambassador of the REC (Religious Education Council of England and Wales) and is Advisor to The Unity of Faiths Foundation.

Kishan Devani BEM was also appointed Associate Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations. During his time there, he will have a particular focus on Geopolitics
and Diplomacy.