Category: Education

FIRE AID and International Development Conference 2019

The FIRE AID and International Development Conference was held at the London Fire Brigade HQ on 1st November 2019.

The conference was opened by Jim Fitzpatrick MP who is the Chair of FIRE AID. The conference had discussions on the importance of supporting Fire and Rescue Charities, the importance of data and research in post-crash response and working in partnership to improve post-crash response.

FIRE AID is a charity which provides ethical and sustainable donations of fire and rescue equipment and training to over 50 countries across the world.

Lord Sheikh was invited to speak on his experience in Tajikistan when he visited the Republican Fire Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan alongside His Excellency Mr Matthew Lawson, the British Ambassador to Tajikistan to close the latest FIRE AID project.


Lord Sheikh’s Visit to Tajikistan

Lord Sheikh visited Tajikistan between 16th to 21st September 2019 at the invitation of His Excellency Mr Masud Khalifazoda the Ambassador of Tajikistan to the United Kingdom. Lord Sheikh had the pleasure of staying at the residence of His Excellency Mr Matthew Lawson the British Ambassador to Tajikistan during his visit.

The purpose of the visit was to find out more about the current situation in Tajikistan and to strengthen political, trade, educational and cultural ties between the UK and Tajikistan. It was primarily a fact-finding mission and Lord Sheikh had the intention of observing and exploring the social and economic factors in the country. He wanted to meet and talk to people, ascertain the situation and make representations to government departments.

To read Lord Sheikh’s summary report from his visit to Tajikistan, please click on the following link: 2020-01-06 – Report – Lord Sheikh Tajikistan Visit 16-21 September. This report was sent to all the relevant persons in the UK, Tajikistan and other countries.

During his visit, Lord Sheikh had a full schedule of engagements. His engagements included the following:

Meeting with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Muzaffar Huseynzoda.

Meeting with the Rector of Tajik Technical University Mr Haydar Odinazoda.


The Main Directorate of the State Fire Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan together with the British Embassy in Dushanbe, FireAid, Staffordshire Emergency Services Humanitarian Aid, Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport and the Young Generation of Tajikistan NGO hosted a joint ceremony to officially hand over two fire engines and fire appliances to Tajikistan’s State Fire Service.

Lord Sheikh attended and spoke at the ceremony alongside the Head of the State Fire Service of MIA Major-General Nozimjon Ibrohimzoda, British Ambassador His Excellency Matthew Lawson and the representatives of other partner organisations. During his speech, Lord Sheikh noted the importance of building up the resilience of Tajik firefighters and rescuers so that they could effectively respond to fire cases and traffic accidents in Tajikistan.

Since 2015, with the help of the Fire Aid project, the State Fire Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan have received 6 fire engines, 1 ambulance car and a specialized vehicle for carrying out road accident operations.


Lord Sheikh and His Excellency Matthew Lawson spoke at the plenary session of the International GCRF Conference “Tajikistan and Cultural Diplomacy in Central Asia and Eurasia”.  Lord Sheikh highlighted the importance of education for building prosperity in the country. Responding to the questions from the audience, His Excellency Matthew Lawson noted that helping Tajikistan build its resilience is the cornerstone of UK Government’s mission in Tajikistan.

Lord Sheikh’s meeting with Mr Numon Abdugafforzoda, the Chairman of The Committee for Tourism Development under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan.


Lord Sheikh’s meeting with Mr Kozidavlat Koimdodov, AKDN Representative in Tajikistan.


Lord Sheikh’s meeting with the representatives of the Sughd Free Economic Zone (FEZ). Established in 2008 in a highly favorable location, the Sughd FEZ offers 320 hectares of land and a number of incentives for enterprises.


During his visit to the Sughd region, Lord Sheikh participated in the official opening of the 14th UNICEF Tajikistan’s Adolescent Innovation Lab.


Lord Sheikh was pleased to meet with active social entrepreneurs in Khujand to listen to their success stories.






LMSE Sixth International Conference on Responsible Research and Innovations in Management and Human Sciences

Lord Sheikh was the Chief Guest at the London School of Management Education’s (LMSE) Sixth International Conference on Responsible Research and Innovations in Management and Human Sciences.

Through the three days of conferences, LSME offers a platform for presentations, discussions and interaction with international scholars and dissemination of research to local and international research communities. LSME interprets ‘management and human sciences’ broadly to mean not only the specific core areas, but also areas of other disciplines relevant to Management: Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and Operations and Human Sciences such as Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Health and Information Technology.

The overall theme of the Conference was designed to appeal particularly to academics and practitioners of management sciences at all levels of their career development.

In his capacity as Chief Guest, Lord Sheikh spoke which raised the profile of the event and inspired LSME’s delegates.



Guru Nanak Worldwide Essay Competition

Lord Sheikh attended and spoke at the Second Annual Essay Competition hosted by Guru Nanak Worldwide. Lord Sheikh is Chairman of Guru Nanak Worldwide and has given many talks on Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Indeed, when Lord Sheikh wrote his book on Maharajah Ranjit Singh he studied Sikism and he has included a small chapter on the ten Sikh Gurus in the book.

Guru Nanak Worldwide aims to promote worldwide the philosophy of Guru Nanak Dev ji, which helps to preserve global peace and co-existence. Organising such essay competitions is one of the first steps to know His philosophy. General Mark Carleton-Smith CBE, Chief of General Staff, presented the prizes.




Holocaust Memorial Day

Lord Sheikh attended the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Parliamentary Reception. Lord sheikh met with survivors of the Holocaust and genocide, such as Helen Aronson who survived the Holocaust as a teenager.


Holocaust Memorial Day is an important remembrance of the horrific and tragic events of the Holocaust. The day is held on 27th January every year and the date marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. The day remembers not only the six million Jews murdered during the holocaust but also the millions of people killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.


Lord Sheikh said “The experiences of survivors such as Helen remind us about the importance of marking Holocaust Memorial Day – a day when we remember the millions of people who were affected by the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. I want to encourage others to mark HMD on 27 January 2019.”  



Book Launch – Emperor of the Five Rivers, The Life and Times of Maharajah Ranjit Singh

The launch took place at the Nehru Centre in Central London and was attended by a range of prominent community members from a spectrum of backgrounds.

Speeches were delivered by Lord Lexden, Lady Singh, Mr Hardyal Luther and the author, Lord Sheikh. Their words and the excerpts read from the book inspired an audience which was already intrigued about this book which has stemmed from years of research and dedication. Lord Sheikh pledged that the full proceeds from the sales of the book will go to Orphans in Need; his generosity inspired the same from the amazing crowd and all copies of the book were sold out on the night.

The book is on general sale and with all proceeds going to Orphans in Need, we encourage all of your supporters to read this inspiring biography whilst helping orphans at the same time.



Lord Sheikh BookAbout the book:

Ranjit Singh was the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire and one of the greatest figures in the history of the Punjab. Despite the difficult conditions he faced, including harsh terrain, a mixed ethnic population and surrounding aggressors (particularly the British in India), Ranjit Singh managed to unite the various Sikh factions and built a nation that neighbours soon learnt to treat with respect This new biography sheds new light on this important figure in Sikh history. Lord Sheikh’s accessible account of Ranjit Singh’s life illustrates the extraordinary leadership qualities, military prowess and political skills which ensured his success as a leader in challenging circumstances.

About the author:

Lord Mohamed Sheikh is a Patron of Orphans in Need. He is also Chairman of the Conservative Ethnic Diversity Council and the founder and Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum. Lord Sheikh, who was made a life peer in 2006 is a prominent promoter of interfaith activities.

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Outstanding Achievement Awards


Lord Sheikh was asked to speak and present several awards to high achieving Bangladeshi GCSE and A Level students at the Outstanding Achievement Awards organised by the Bangladeshi High Commission. Lord Sheikh commended the children on their achievements and acknowledged their parents for their involvement.

Bangladeshi High Commission Awards



The photographs above show students receiving awards from Lord Sheikh and the High Commissioner of Bangladesh.



Lord Sheikh attended and presented awards at the Bangladeshi High Commission Awards Ceremony on the 9th February 2014. The awards were given to GCSE and A Level students from all over the UK who had attained excellent results. This event has been organised annually by the High Commission for the last eight years.

The performance of the Bangladeshi children is improving year by year and they have made the biggest progress of all ethnic groups over the last eight years. The students received awards for grades A* and A’s.

The photograph above shows students who had received awards for GCSE results (back rows), front row (from left to right) Rt. Hon. Simon Hughes MP, Lord Sheikh, H.E. the High Commissioner of Bangladesh Mr. Mohamed Mijarul Quayes  and Rt. Hon. Frank Dobson MP.