Hey, I'm Arfah Farooq

A Community Builder

Consultant, Diversity + Inclusion Expert and International Speaker

Creating Collaborative Cultures with Community 

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I’ve been building and working on communities all my life from moderating online community forums to being on the school council to now co-founding Muslamic Makers (a community of Muslim Change-makers)

For the last year and a half in my day job, I was the community development manager for GDS and cross-government product and delivery communities. I also helped to start the Muslims at GDS employer network too. I’ve aided the development of many communities so I really understand the magic of bringing people together and shaping and sustaining communities. I’m starting an interesting new role around tech talent soon. More on this later!

My vision is to collaborate and connect unique ideas to achieve great outcomes that will positively impact the world. I’m a problem solver who can take an idea and help you execute it. My focus is building communities to reduce repetition and increase efficiency to help create better bonds within organisations. I’m also a massive advocate for diversity and inclusion.

I’m a 2017 fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and have been awarded a prestigious fellowship exploring Muslim Women in Technology in USA, UAE and Pakistan.  I was featured as a trailblazing Muslim Women as part of International Women’s Day campaign and have been named as a top 30 London Tech Week Changemaker. and Emerald Networks 100 top inspiring Muslims. 


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What I can do for you

Community Building Masterclass​

The community building masterclass is perfect for organisations exploring new community initiatives, universities and leadership programmes.

1:1 Coaching

1:1 Community Building Support. I can do one off sessions or a series of sessions. I can work with teams or individuals.

Part time in house consultant​

Bring me in-house to help build a long term community strategy.

Events Curation ​

Co-creating interesting events online or offline. These include roundtables, away days, hackathons and inspirational sessions.


I speak on a broad range of subjects including Community building, diversity and inclusion,raising aspirations, future skills, and my own personal journey on how I entered the technology world.

Events Hosting

Need someone to host a good event or facilitate a panel discussion?

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