Bilal is passionate about the ESU because he has first-hand experience of many of its educational programmes. He has also contributed to the development its core outreach work over the span of almost 20 years.
Thanks to the skills he developed through schools and university debating, Bilal was selected for a number of ESU programmes including the British Debate Squad, the Worlds Schools judging cohort, and as a Capitol Hill intern. Later, as a member of ESU staff, Bilal was instrumental in developing the London Debate Challenge, a programme that focused on using debate as a medium to empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
After a decade of developing outreach programmes with the ESU, he served as the youngest governor (and for a while only ethnic minority) on the ESU board to help progress our role of developing citizenship and empowerment. He advocated greater focus on outreach programmes, and those programmes that would enable and mobilise those young people most disadvantaged. This was particularly important to him, as debating at school gave him the requisite analytical skills, confidence and empowerment to progress in his career.
Outside of the ESU, Bilal is a banking and finance solicitor. Having trained and practiced with international law firm Allen & Overy LLP, he is now Senior Legal Counsel to one of China’s largest corporate banks. Bilal was also a director of his local credit union and mentor with Business in the Community, part of the Princes’ Trust.