Kamal Ahmed’s childhood was British in every way – except for the fact he was brown. Half English, half Sudanese, with a Raleigh racing bike, rainbow-coloured jumpers, Adidas Gazelle trainers and cords, he was raised in 1970s London, at a time when being mixed-race meant being told to go home, even when you were born just down the road.
Kamal Ahmed was part of the first generation of mixed-raced children born in Britain during the 60s and 70s. He started his career writing for local newspapers before working at several national newspapers including the Guardian and the Sunday and Daily Telegraph. Throughout his twenty-year career in newspapers, he remained one of a small group of BAME journalists.
Today he is one of Britain’s most respected journalists, working at the BBC as Economics Editor. He has also served as Group Director of Communications for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is a board member of the Media Trust.