Adeeba Malik, deputy chief executive of QED Foundation, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours list for her services as a British Muslim woman on mainstream public bodies.


The Commander of the Order of the British Empire is awarded for having a distinguished, innovative contribution in a prominent role at national level, or a leading role at regional level.


Adeeba has held many ministerial and non-ministerial high profile national and regional board level appointments in the last 15 years in diverse organisations including British Waterways, Yorkshire Forward, and the Advisory Board on Naturalisation and Immigration. She was the first Asian woman to serve on most of these boards.


In 2005, she was appointed Chair of the National Ethnic Minority Business Forum based in the Department for Trade and Industry and became a Commissioner for the Women and Work Commission set up by then Prime Minister, Tony Blair.


Adeeba is deputy chief executive of Bradford-based QED Foundation a leading and respected national development agency. Founded in 1990, QED is working with ethnic minorities to eradicate poverty, disadvantage and discrimination. Adeeba joined QED in 1992 after one year of teaching in a Bradford school. She has supported QED to become one of the most influential organisations of its kind in the UK. In 2004, Adeeba was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to ethnic minority businesses.


Mohammed Ali OBE, founder and chief executive of QED said: “QED has been campaigning for 25 years for ethnic minorities to play mainstream roles in all walks of British life. Adeeba has demonstrated just that.

As a British Muslim woman she contributed to the mainstream agenda of public sector boards and her CBE is a great recognition of her hard work. We are all proud of her.”


In 2011 she was appointed to the Department of Energy &Climate Change Green Deal Women’s Panel.  In 2011, she was a governor of Sheffield Hallam University. She was made an ambassador for the Hashoo Foundation, a Pakistan based charity.  She continues to speak at high profile events at national and international level and has won numerous awards.


She said: “I am humbled and honoured to receive such a prestigious award and to be recognised for my work which I have always enjoyed. I remember how I felt when I received the MBE, and then to be honoured with a CBE is very special. There are many others who will be part of this including my family, friends and colleagues who have supported me in my career. And the person who this will mean a lot to is my mother, this is why the award is so special. I have also been fortunate to have the support from Mohammed Ali over the years too to do the work I was interested in.”

Catch our interview with Adeeba Malik in our New Years issue of Asian Sunday