Gonville & Caius College Fellow Professor Arif Ahmed MBE has been appointed as a Commissioner to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Board.
Professor Ahmed was appointed alongside Kunle Olulode MBE by Minister for Women and Equalities, and Trade Secretary, Kemi Badenoch MP. The pair will serve four-year terms.
A Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, Professor Ahmed writes mainly on decision theory, but also has an interest in religion. He has campaigned for freedom of speech for many years, and in 2020 he, Ross Anderson and others successfully liberalised the University's free speech policy. He was awarded an MBE for services to education in 2021.
Professor Ahmed said: “I feel tremendously honoured to have been asked to sit on the Board of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The Commission does vital work enforcing anti-discrimination legislation and protecting human rights for everyone. I very much look forward to starting work."
The Master, Professor Pippa Rogerson, said: “On behalf of the College Council and the Fellows of Gonville & Caius, I wish to warmly congratulate Professor Ahmed on his appointment to the EHRC Board.
“Equality and human rights are critical to every citizen. I am confident Professor Ahmed will make a valuable contribution to an integral role.”
The official announcement is on the Government website.