Shamima Akhtar

Policy and Research Manager, Assistive and Accessible Technology

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

Shamima has a broad background in disability inclusion having worked on policy and campaigns as the Disabled Student’s Officer at her Student Union, on the NUS Disabled Student’s Committee and in the Disabled People's Organisation sector. She is visually impaired, an assistive technology user and has written blogs about assistive technology for the University of Birmingham. 

Shamima joined Policy Connect as a Project Coordinator in January 2022 and became a Policy and Research Manager in September 2022. While at Policy Connect, Shamima has chaired and organised an ATech Policy Lab roundtable on Digital Inclusion and Disability at London Tech Week 2022. She scoped for the Higher Education Commission inquiry on Blended Learning in Higher Education and is the lead researcher for the APPG for Assistive Technology report on supported employment. Since its launch in 2023, Shamima has been supporting the work of the Accessible Transport Policy Commission, part of the National Centre for Accessible Transport, as an Accessible Transport Policy Manager.

Most recently, Shamima joined the Disabled Student Commitment Partner Group to inform, guide and provide expertise to the Advisory Group. She also joined the West Midlands Combined Authority, Disability Working Group - a strategic group with the aim of driving the West Midlands as an exemplar region for disabled people.

Shamima is also Chair of the Disabled Women in Politics Network at the Disability Policy Centre and a trustee at Community TechAid, a digital inclusion charity.

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 reading, yoga, watching films and discovering new music.

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