Kawsar Zaman (Alderman)

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Email:  kawsar.zaman@cityoflondon.gov.uk

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Kawsar Zaman was elected as the Alderman for Bishopsgate in the City of London in September 2022, becoming the youngest ever to be elected to the Court of Aldermen in its 700-year history, and the first from a British Bangladeshi background. 


Kawsar grew up in a Council Estate in the East End of London. As the youngest of seven siblings, he went to his local state comprehensive and was the first in his family to go to university. He graduated with a First in law from the London School of Economics (2HC Scholar), before completing the BCL at Oxford University (OCIS Scholar), and then the LLM at Harvard Law School (Fulbright Scholar).


By profession, Kawsar is a practising Barrister at No5 Barristers’ Chambers in London specialising in Public, Regulatory and Employment Law. He is also a former solicitor at ‘Magic Circle’ law firms Clifford Chance LLP and Allen & Overy LLP, where he specialised in financial services regulatory law.


He holds various unpaid roles including as a Trustee of the Wembley National Stadium Trust; a Trustee of Toynbee Hall; a Governor at Morpeth Secondary School and an Associate Member of the UK’s National Muslim War Memorial Trust, which is supported by His Majesty’s Government and the Chief of the Defence Staff. In 2020, he founded the ‘Take the COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign’ to encourage vaccine uptake amongst BAME communities and was praised in Parliament.

Kawsar is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of Law and a Guest Teacher in Law at the London School of Economics. In 2009, he was a Global Fellow of the Prime Minister.