Afzal Ashraf’s diverse range of jobs included Aeronautical Engineering research and development in industry. A senior officer in the Royal Air Force, he was appointed to the Multi-National Force in Baghdad where he contributed to Political, Military and Economic strategy working at times directly for the US Ambassador and the Commanding General. He received a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in Iraq. He led organisations of up to 1,000 strong and 3,000 on an interim basis. In one case he had to manage eight centres spread between England, Scotland and Wales, providing corporate level training for over 50,000 personnel globally.
He has served in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he was responsible for Security Sector Reform and Political Military affairs. Ashraf has experience of counterterrorism and all-source information fusion and threat assessment in the UK. His last appointment in the Services was in Afghanistan where he led a multinational team responsible for policing and internal security advice to both NATO and the Afghanistan Minister of Interior.
Afzal’s qualifications include a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering, and an MA in Defence Studies from Kings College. In 2003 he attended St Andrews University’s Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence to undertake a PhD in International Relations dealing with terrorist Ideology Through Political Myth and Rhetoric.
After leaving the RAF he became a management consultant initially contracted by the UK government to develop the capabilities of a national security department. Currently he is undertaking cyber security contracts and is employed by the Royal United Services Institute to design and deliver a ground-breaking course in International Diplomacy.