We are delighted to announce that Minhaz Abedin has been appointed as the new CEO of Future Talent after joining the charity 6 months ago.
From an early age, Minhaz has represented the voices of young people, from the House of Commons to the United Nations. Now 22, he will lead Future Talent in its mission to support talented young musicians across the UK with financial bursaries, professional mentoring and performance opportunities.
Minhaz will be taking the helm to grow the charity across the UK, starting with the opening of a second office in the North of England in 2021. In three years, the charity plans to double the number of young musicians it currently supports and Minhaz has been awarded the responsibility to achieve that.
HRH The Duchess of Kent and Nicholas Robinson, Co-Founders of Future Talent, said:
“We have exciting plans for the expansion of our work in the UK and Minhaz has the energy, ideas and experience to lead this growth and to ensure that our young musicians will continue to get the vital holistic support that we offer and to give them a future with exceptional possibilities.”
From first lobbying his MP at the age of 10, Minhaz has sky-rocketed from local politics to international diplomacy. He has gone from speaking at the Dispatch Box of the House of Commons to representing the views of millions of young people in the United Nations. On his decade long journey, Minhaz has won the Diana Award, worked alongside world leaders and currently sits on the board of a global charity as one of the youngest trustees in the world.
Minhaz Abedin, CEO of Future Talent, said:
“I’ve experienced first-hand how difficult it is for young people from struggling backgrounds to receive the necessary support to fulfil their destinies. Music has the power to change lives and this has never been more evident than in the current crisis. By leading Future Talent, I will be able to reach into communities across the nation and offer financial and developmental support to the gifted young musicians who need it most. That is how we’ll make a lasting impact, by allowing passionate young people to access equal opportunities for success."
We are very excited to begin this next chapter with Minhaz as we plan to reach more gifted young musicians from across the UK.
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