Atif Choudhury is an award-winning social entrepreneur, with a background in economic justice and disability inclusion projects. Focusing on the inclusion of marginalised communities, Atif has worked on high profile social development projects across the world. He is the co-founder and CEO of Diversity and Ability and Zaytoun CiC (the World’s first Fairtrade Palestinian olive oil cooperative), as well as a trustee for Disability Rights UK.
Drawing on his own neurodiverse personal experience, Atif forged his path in the field of Assistive Technology starting as a trainer. In that time, he refined his training style and strategies that D&A shares with its learners, using a philosophy of mindfulness, mentoring and emotional intelligence. He co-founded D&A in 2009 to further the wellbeing and development of other dyslexic and disabled learners and educational communities.
With both an MSc in Conflict and Development from SOAS and a Postgraduate Teaching Diploma in teaching adults with dyslexia, Atif knows how to make sure D&A trainers/ tutors work with learners in ways that leave them inspired and prepared for life’s challenges. Atif is also the co-writer and creator of post-graduate teaching certificate ‘PgCert in Needs Assessment and Training of Enabling and Learning Technologies’ and has been twice voted onto the ADSHE (Adult Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education) Executive Committee.
The change Atif would like to see in the world is one that raises the strength of inclusion through intersectional lenses. He believes in pushing for a future of inclusive change and broader equality. He is adamant that poverty, class, race, gender and culture must be part of the systems that work to welcome the diversity of thought and the hidden assets in everyone.
Atif was awarded the Assistive Technology Good Practice Award by ADSHE, the Global Equality and Diversity Noon award. In 2019 he was shortlisted for the UK Inclusive Companies Awards and also as a finalist as ‘Entrepreneur of Excellence’ for National Diversity Awards.