Iqbal Wahhab OBE joins YCl as its first ambassador

Iqbal Wahhab, business entrepreneur and founder of the highly successful London restaurants, Roast and the Cinnamon Club, is the new ambassador and special advisor for business and development at Y Care International.

Y Care International helps vulnerable young people all over the world to unleash their potential, skills and energy to support themselves and their families despite severe hardship and change their own lives for the better. Y Care International’s work is increasingly focused on empowering young people aged 15-24 through skills, training and enterprise and ensuring their health and well-being, youth justice, and resilience in crises.

Iqbal Wahhab brings extensive experience in enabling young people, ex–offenders and social entrepreneurs to create better lives through mentoring, providing those opportunities to develop business skills and build work experience. Iqbal will help Y Care International to reach a wide range of people and encourage investment in innovative ways that can change the lives and opportunities of disadvantaged and vulnerable young people internationally, mainly in Africa. Iqbal will serve as a public representative for our work, advising on development and business, engaging other expertise and support to increase impact and sustainability, and in conjunction with the Roast Foundation.

Iqbal says, When I visited the ‘Justice for Young People’ project in Togo I saw first hand the impact Y Care international has on local communities with their support for the young people at risk of involvement in crime. Their work helps transform people, their lives, the lives of their family and so the community. I’m passionate about supporting their work further to gain future investment to help create opportunities and provide for these people.

Y Care International President, Terry Waite, says, “Iqbal and the Roast Foundation have already given a lot to Y Care International. I am very delighted that he has agreed to represent us. We are very fortunate to have such a committed, passionate and generous person who brings fresh perspectives and inspiration to our work with young people.”

The Board of Trustees and staff are delighted to welcome Iqbal. Adam Leach, CEO, says, “It is a privilege to work with Iqbal. I am thrilled that he’s helping us to create opportunities with vulnerable young women and men and helping to increase investment, relevance and impact of our work.”

Iqbal received an OBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list for public service and services to the hospitality industry. His diverse career has included establishing his own PR firm, publishing and creating a multi award winning Cinnamon Club to change the way we viewed Indian dining. In 2005, Iqbal opened Roast Restaurant and established the Roast Foundation.

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