Aqeel joined SOS-UK in October 2019. He is primarily involved in furthering ethical procurement within the NUS Trading Team, working with suppliers as well as students and staff on campus to verify and improve the sustainability of the products available. He also supports related projects and campaigns, including the Fairtrade Universities & Colleges Award.
Aqeel started his career as a tax adviser in the corporate world. Driven by a passion for social justice, he moved into the not-for-profit sector, initially working for a children's charity as part of a befriending project involving children being matched to volunteer adult befrienders. This was followed by community development work for a local authority, where he supported community groups and residents in particular neighbourhoods. He is particularly interested in preserving and restoring the natural world as part of building a happier and more just society.
Aqeel enjoys reading, immersing into a film or documentary, being outdoors and playing sports.