ABDA KHAN Writer ~ Speaker ~ Lawyer
Abda Khan was born in inner city Bradford, England, in 1969. She was the seventh of eight children to Pakistani immigrant parents, and the first of their children to be born in the UK. Her father fought for the British Indian Army in the Second World War in the Burma Campaign. Her father came to England in the early 1960’s followed by his wife and children in 1968. Her father worked in the wool mills and her mother was a housewife.
Abda was the first child in her family to sit ‘A’ level examinations, and go on to higher education. Abda studied in Manchester and graduated with a law degree in 1991, and after successfully passing her Law Society Final Exams in 1992, she started work as an Articled Clerk (nowadays referred to as a Trainee Solicitor) in the town of Keighley, North Yorkshire. In 1994, she qualified as a Solicitor and began work in a busy Criminal Law firm in Bradford. She married in 1995 and moved to Birmingham, where she set up her own law practice in Smethwick, in 1997. She now lives in Solihull with her husband and children.
Abda also writes short stories, and guest writes for various publications.
Aside from her legal work and her writing, Abda undertakes voluntary work; with the charity Mosaic, mentoring secondary school children, as a Mayor's Mentor working with University students, as a Trustee with Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid and as a Women of the Future Ambassador. She is also a Patron of and Speaker at the annual International Youth Summit, Lahore, Pakistan, and a visiting lecturer at Lahore University.
Abda has received recognition for her work; a True Honour Award from IKWRO in 2017, and Highly Commended as a Finalist in the Nat West Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2017 in the Arts & Culture category.
Abda was honoured to receive the Your Saheli Inspirational Woman of the Year 2018.
Abda recently organised her first, very successful, Birmingham International Women's Day 2018 Celebration chairing a panel of inspiration female change-makers.
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