Mohsin Zaidi is an award-winning author, lawyer, and commentator who rose to mainstream notoriety with his critically acclaimed memoir, A Dutiful Boy, which was named Book of the Year by leading publications, such as The Guardian, New Statesman and GQ. Hailed as the book that will save lives by The Times, Mohsin’s memoir is deeply moving and offers heartfelt insight into his struggles growing up gay in a strict religious household. Now a prominent advocate for LGBT rights, Mohsin also campaigns for BAME representation and social mobility, speaking eloquently on those issues when booked for speaking engagements.
The first person in his school to attend Oxford University, Mohsin completed a degree in Law with European Legal Studies at the prestigious university. Following that, he gained experience interning at prominent organisations, including Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the UK Ministry of Justice, before landing the role of Trainee Solicitor at the prestigious international law firm Linklaters, where he qualified as a lawyer. With such distinguished credentials, Mohsin went on to practice as a criminal barrister at one of the top chambers in England, and he had the opportunity to work at the UN War Crimes tribunal in The Hague, as well as serving as a Judicial Assistant to Lord Sumption and Lord Wilson at the UK Supreme Court.
As a leading advocate for LGBT rights, Mohsin sits on the board of Stonewall, a non-profit organisation which campaigns to eliminate homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia. For his efforts in empowering LGBT people, he was listed by The Financial Times as a Top Future LGBT Leader. Moreover, Mohsin has been listed in The Lawyer Magazine Hot 100 and was named a trailblazer changing the world by Attitude magazine. A regular commentator on Sky News, Mohsin also frequently writes for notable publications, such as CNN Styles, The i Newspaper, Bustle, Newsweek, and Mr Porter.
Overcoming severe adversity, discrimination, rejection and more, Mohsin has broken boundaries to attend the University of Oxford and forge a highly successful career as a lawyer. He candidly shares his experiences in his Lambda Literary Award-winning memoir, A Dutiful Boy, which delves into his struggles growing up gay in a religious family. When booked for speaking engagements, Mohsin articulately speaks on his experiences growing up and discusses mental health, social mobility, intersectionality, and the power of representation.
“Mohsin’s speaker session at Bain was incredibly powerful. We had an outpouring of positive feedback after the talk – from people expressing both their gratitude for having the chance to be part of an open conversation on critical intersectional topics, and their praise for Mohsin as a powerful storyteller. If you’re an organization that cares about DE&I and mental health you MUST get Mohsin to come for a session with your people.”
“I hosted an event between PwC and NatWest where Mohsin talked about his book and the themes in it with PwC’s Head of Client Experience…[it was] one of the largest events we have ever had in the Diversity and Inclusion space both virtually and in person. I have had a huge amount of positive feedback after the event that it was an incredibly important set of topics to cover (including social mobility and mental health) and that it was great that our company had taken the time to discuss them. Mohsin was a pleasure to work with – helped us prepare appropriately and spent a good amount of time with the facilitator to get her up to speed. He was brilliant on the day and helped us navigate through some difficult yet important questions.”
“Mohsin brought every bit of himself to the discussion and let the audience in on the conflict that was raging inside of him for a long time. He deeply moved his listeners and made them re-think what they can do to make their environments more inclusive. He is witty, thought-provoking, eloquent and worth every minute of your time.”
“It was an absolute pleasure to have Mohsin speaking at the Faculty. The event flowed like no other and the conversation covered so many relevant topics, I wish we had him with us for longer. One could see from the numbers and the kinds of questions we received how needed this conversation was and how inspirational Mohsin story is. He was brilliant and we hope he will consider coming back, once the pandemic is over, as he can definitely captivate an audience!”
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