Alfiaz Vaiya co-founded the Equinox Initiative for Racial Justice which was awarded a $300,000 grant by the Open Society Foundations. Equinox is a people of colour-led initiative working to advance rights and justice for all people in Europe through influencing European Union law and policy. Mr. Vaiya is also currently working as a Political and Strategic Advisor to Lord Simon Woolley (Crossbench). He setup the parliamentary office and is currently leading parliamentary work on Covid and rising economic inequality in BAME communities.
Mr. Vaiya was previously the Coordinator of the European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI). He helped re-establish the cross-party group and successfully managed the campaign for the Intergroup to be renewed for the 2019-2024 mandate. At ARDI, he managed the legislative and non-legislative work on a wide range of issues such as racial justice, migration, counterterrorism, harmful online content including hate and disinformation, workplace diversity and political representation.
Prior to his role at ARDI, Mr. Vaiya was at the Secretariat of the European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance and Advocacy Officer at Human Rights Without Frontiers where he worked on human rights in foreign policy. He has also worked in London for an advocacy campaign group on the Legal
Aid, Sentencing and the Punishment of Offenders bill (LASPO).
Outside of work, Mr. Vaiya Co-Founded Me Too European Parliament and helped create the most signed election manifesto of the 2019 European elections. He is also the Co-Convener of the Transatlantic Minority Political Leadership Conference (TMPLC) which brings together diverse elected officials in the U.S. and Europe to advance policies and initiatives in support of inclusive and equitable societies. Mr. Vaiya also sits on the Tech for Inclusion Advisory Committee of the German Marshall Fund of the United States where he helped to organise the Tech for Inclusion Summit and the Advisory Boards of RECLAIM and the European Forum of Muslim Women.
In recognition of his work, Mr. Vaiya has been invited to speak at United Nations HQ, United States Senate and Congress, national parliaments and Harvard Kennedy School. The Obama Foundation invited Mr. Vaiya to an Emerging Young European Leaders town hall discussion with President Obama. The German Marshall Fund of the United States also selected him for the prestigious Marshall Memorial Leadership Fellowship (MMF) which he undertook in the United States in 2019. The Fellowship expands future American and European leaders understanding of transatlantic relations. He was also invited to become a member of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network.
Mr. Vaiya holds a MA from the University of Birmingham and an LLB from Leeds Metropolitan University.