Tariq Ahmad, Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon

Tariq Mahmood Ahmad, Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon (born 3 April 1968), is a British businessman and a Conservative life peer.[1][2] He was appointed Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and United Nations at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.[3]

The Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Ahmad in 2017
Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and the United Nations[lower-alpha 1]
Assumed office
13 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Liz Truss
Rishi Sunak
Preceded byThe Baroness Anelay of St Johns
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport
In office
11 May 2015  11 June 2017
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded byClaire Perry
Succeeded byThe Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Countering Extremism
In office
11 May 2015  13 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byThe Lord Bates
Succeeded bySarah Newton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
15 July 2014  11 May 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byThe Baroness Stowell of Beeston
Succeeded byThe Baroness Williams of Trafford
Government Whip
In office
4 September 2012  15 July 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byThe Baroness Verma
Succeeded byThe Baroness Garden of Frognal
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
17 January 2011
Life Peerage
Merton London Borough Councillor
for Wimbledon Park
In office
2 May 2002  22 May 2014
Preceded byNew Ward
Succeeded byJanice Howard
Personal details
Tariq Mahmood Ahmad

(1968-04-03) 3 April 1968
Lambeth, London, England
Political partyConservative

Early years

Born in Lambeth,[4] to Punjabi-speaking immigrant parents from Pakistan, Tariq Ahmad was educated at Rutlish School, Merton Park, southwest London.[5]


In 1991, he entered NatWest's Graduate Management programme, eventually working as Head of Marketing, Sponsorship and Branding and in 2000 went to work for AllianceBernstein.[6][7] In 2004, he joined Sucden Financial, where he served on the Executive Committee and as Director of Marketing, Strategy and Research.[7] He is an Associate of the Institute of Financial Services and a member of the Institute of Directors.[6][7]

From 1999 to 2008 he served as vice-president of AMYA, a British Muslim youth organisation.[8] From 2001 to 2006, he served as a governor of Wimbledon Park Primary school.[8] He joined the Conservative Party in 1994.[9] In 2002, he was elected a Councillor in Wimbledon.[9] He contested Croydon North for the Conservatives in 2005. From 2008 to 2010, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party.[9]

He is a part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and was a national vice-president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association's youth organisation from 2003.[10]

Parliamentary career

On 13 January 2011, he was made a life peer, and was created Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon, of Wimbledon in the London Borough of Merton.[11] He formally joined the House of Lords on 17 January.[12] In 2014, Ahmad was promoted to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at DCLG. After the 2015 general election, he was appointed jointly as Minister for Skills and Aviation Security at the Department for Transport and Minister for Countering Extremism at the Home Office. In 2016, he was appointed Minister for Aviation, International Trade and Europe at the Department for Transport in the first May ministry.

After the 2017 general election, Ahmad was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with responsibilities to the Commonwealth, the United Nations, and the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, and later South Asia, the Middle East[5] and North Africa.[3]


Coat of arms of Tariq Ahmad, Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon
Rising from a fret fesswise a falcon Sable.
Or on a pale between two peacocks in their pride Proper three frets throughout Or on a chief Azure a double-headed eagle Or between two decrescents each enclosing a mullet Argent.
Dexter a lion sinister a Punjab urial both Sable and each gorged with an eastern crown Or.[13]


  1. South Asia and the Commonwealth (June 2017–September 2020), South and Central Asia, North Africa, United Nations and the Commonwealth (September 2020–September 2022), Middle East, South Asia and the United Nations (September–October 2022)


  1. "In full: New members of the House of Lords". BBC. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  2. "Minister of State (Middle East and United Nations) - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 7 November 2022.
  3. "Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon". GOV.UK. Retrieved 16 January 2023.
  4. "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  5. "Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Government Profile".
  6. Official website, About Archived 8 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. Official website, Professional Archived 30 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  8. Official website, Community Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  9. Tariq introduced to House of Lords Archived 6 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  10. /www.wimbledonsw19.com
  11. "No. 59676". The London Gazette. 20 January 2011. p. 869.
  12. "Ahmad takes his seat in the House of Lords From: UK Times London". South Asian Pulse. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  13. Debrett's Peerage. 2019.
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