Shazia Hussain

Former Candidate on the BBC's 'The Apprentice' & Founder of Gourmet Mithai

  • Founder of womenstennis_socialslondon
  • Specialist Technology Recruiter
  • Former Talent Acquisition Specialist at Barclays

When Shazia Hussain is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Women of Colour in the Corporate Sector and Business World
Women in the Business World
Subverting the Gender and Colour Stereotype
Mental Health
Healthy Lifestyles
Fashion and Natural Beauty

Shazia Hussain has recently been making waves in the business world, raising awareness about neurodivergent people, and how they can succeed in the world of business, despite the stigma surrounding it. She rose to fame as a candidate on the 17th series of the BBC’s The Apprentice’ and has also utilised her business expertise to found Gourmet Mithai. By day, she is an experienced Specialist Technology Recruiter currently working for Bupa. Drawing on her experiences from working in the corporate world, Shazia is well equipped to speak on a range of topics, from neurodiversity to ethnic minorities, women in business and mental health.

Throughout her fruitful career, Shazia has worked in some of the largest companies in the UK including Accenture, Bupa, Barclays and JP Morgan. Since gaining her bachelor’s degree in media and communication from the University of London Shazia has been working in recruitment and now has over a decade of experience in digital and media placements in the financial services and technology sector. Some of Shazia’s notable roles include being the Technology Sales and Recruitment Specialist for Cassium Technologies, the Head of Sales and Recruitment for Harte Solutions, Lead Talent Acquisition Consultant for Accenture UK, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Barclays and the Lead Recruiter for Chase.

Diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia, a memory issue and ADHD, Shazia understands more than most, the stereotypes which come with being neurodivergent. Shazia, however, learnt to utilise her differences to her advantage and now believes her uniqueness makes her stand out from the crowd and is an asset in the corporate world. As a woman working in the world of technology, Shazia has first-hand experience of the difficulties which many women face in a male-dominated industry.

Now, Shazia is on a mission to inspire everyone who is neurodiverse to pursue their goals within the business and corporate world. Highly successful in her field, Shazia can teach others on how to utilise their strengths to their advantage; with their uniqueness making them so special, able to think differently to others. The Founder of her own business, Shazia is also able to advise organisations on how they can accommodate to neurodivergent people, so all employees can flourish in the workplace. Consider hiring Shazia Hussain for your next corporate event today if you are in need of an excellent speaker who can advise managers on how to ensure a diverse workplace, and employees on how to exploit their own strengths.

Official Testimonials

Shazia Hussain is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“Shazia headhunted me for BHF. I have worked with her for several years and have seen her work in a discrete way where relationships are paramount with both clients and candidates.
She has a very good understanding of the technical and non technical requirements of the roles she deals with and on all occasions involved cutting edge skills. The excellent trusted relationships she holds with the hiring managers and the enthusiasm with which she supports the candidate through the recruitment process is highly commendable. I would definitely work with her again and would have no hesitation recommending her to any one who is seeking a new opportunity and want a discrete and confidential process.”

Abhijit, Senior Analyst at Arup

“I had the pleasure of working with EDG during my time at the Telegraph Media Group. I found Shazia to be a a great relationship manager with a wealth of experience in her field. A pleasure to work would highly recommend.”

Susan, Owner and Managing Director, Tecsavvy Consulting

“Shazia is one of a kind. Over the 5 years I have known her, since she placed me at Telegraph Media Group, Shazia has always been razor sharp and an empathetic listener. She is a pioneer, leader and problem solver who knows how to put the right people together, utilising her large, loyal network.

She is able to make great placements by taking the time to really understand role requirements and company culture, as well as the skills and aspirations of her specialists. Shazia ensures her applicants are thoroughly prepared for interviews because she fully understands what the hiring manager is looking for.

Overall, Shazia is a very personable, consummate professional who fosters an open and honest recruitment process and I would recommend her to anyone in digital seeking new opportunities or carefully selected specialists”

Barry, Founder of Diversive

“Shazia is a self-motivated professional easily adapts and embraces challenges in any environment. Shazia is personable and has the ability to get the job done. Her experience in recruitment strengthens her ability to build relations with clients in all industry sectors, With a keen eye for detail and ambition Shazia can turn her hand to any challenge and is an excellent resourcer.”

Muneer, Programme Director at Cisco

“Shazia was one of the most dedicated professional through her work at Cassium. Hard working, broad-minded, open minded and result driven expert. Very experienced colleague, has no problem to work hard when necessary.”

Mike, Director, Blockchain

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