Hashi Mohamed

Fee Band

  • Conference Speakers£2.5k to £5k
  • Overcoming Adversity, Diversity, Risk, Social Responsibility

Arriving in England as a nine-year-old unaccompanied refugee, speaking almost no English and raised solely on state benefits, Hashi Mohamed overcame improbable odds to become a barrister, broadcaster, journalist and author. In his book People Like Us: What it Takes to Make it in Modern Britain, Hashi draws on his own experiences to explore what businesses and policymakers can do to bring about meaningful change in the areas of social mobility, diversity and inclusion. 


Hashi Mohamed is a barrister, broadcaster and journalist. He is also the author of People Like Us: What it Takes to Make it in Modern Britain in which he draws on his own experiences to examine the issue of social mobility in Britain.

Born in Kenya as one of 12 siblings, Hashi arrived in England as an unaccompanied child refugee following the death of his father in a car accident. Raised solely on state benefits and educated at a struggling comprehensive, he went on to study French and Law at the University of Hertfordshire, and eventually completed a postgraduate degree at Oxford University. He was subsequently called to the Bar and became a lawyer at No5 Chambers, specialising in planning and environmental law.

In presentations, Hashi considers what he calls ‘society’s most intractable problem’ - the issue of social mobility: “We live in a society where the single greatest indicator of what your job will be is the job of your parents”. He explores what policymakers and educators can do to bring about meaningful change in the areas of social mobility, diversity and inclusion. For businesses, he examines the pitfalls of implementing a minority quota system, and instead explains how fostering an open-minded environment, with a willingness to try new ways of working, can encourage people from different backgrounds to bring bold ideas for tackling difficult problems. Drawing on his own story of overcoming improbable odds, he also offers lessons in resilience, goal-setting and mindset, and outlines how the power of imagination can be used to unlock potential. 

Hashi is a regular commentator and contributor to newspapers including The Guardian, The Times and the Financial Times. He has presented several programmes for BBC Radio 4, most recently a documentary on the inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

More Details


Book written by Hashi Mohamed


We’re on hand to help you find the perfect speaker, presenter or performer for your events. Call or email our London office and use our agents' experience to expertly match you with the right person for your programme!

From time to time we send out emails announcing new speakers and free tickets to our showcase events including Speakers Breakfasts and the JLA Real Variety Show. Please tick the box below if you would like to receive these emails.

Don't miss anything!

We will never share the data you submit here with a third party. Information is stored in a database in order to service your enquiry, but is deleted once it is no longer required. You may request to have this data removed at any time.

JLA Presents

Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

We were joined at 87 Barts Close by three brilliant speakers on a panel that delved into the complex world of Artificial Intelligence. Over the hour our panellists de-mystified AI, speaking about AI’s immense promise for enhancing our lives, alongside the apprehension it has generated regarding job security, privacy infringement, and ethical considerations.


87 Barts Close, 87 Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7EB


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, Julia Gillard, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, London