Shamima Akhtar

Policy Coordinator, Assistive and Accessible Technology

Shamima joined Policy Connect in January 2022 and works on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology.

She joins from the Disabled People’s Organisation sector where she worked on policy and campaigns related to Covid-19. She also has a broad background in disability inclusion, working on multiple equalities campaigns as the Disabled Student’s Officer at her Student Union and as an NUS Disabled Student’s Committee member, such as improving Disabled Student’s Allowance. She also has a keen interest in accessible and assistive technology (ATech) as a visually impaired person using ATech herself, and as a previous ATech blogger at the University of Birmingham. 

She holds a BA (Hons) in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Birmingham where she majored in politics and international relations, and studied a range of disciplines including philosophy, economics and sociology. She also completed a study year abroad at University College Dublin broadening her understanding of politics in Ireland, the EU and equalities studies.

Outside work, Shamima enjoys long walks, skateboarding, watching films and discovering new music.

shamima.akhtar [at] policyconnect.org.uk