My name is Amina, as you can see I am many things. My key thing at the moment is the PhD. My research focuses on highly skilled and highly qualified migrant women and their inclusion into leadership and entrepreneurship. I place emphasis on the woman’s lens, working across corporations, small and medium enterprises (SME) and individual businesses or sole proprietorships. I align my research with the current international discourse on gender balance in leadership, and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals; #SDG5 – Gender Equality and #SDG10 – Reducing Inequalities.
I have now concluded data collection, I am at the data analysis stage. Thank you to all the Highly Skilled Migrant Women who gave me their time and participated.Contact me if you have any questions
Founded in October 2020, MLI is my latest undertaking. It brings together all my practitioner experience, a leadership journey that started with me as the Data Manager for the ZAMBART Project in Zambia, then moving to the UK and taking on various jobs including as an IT trainer in the NHS in 2003. After that as the founder and CEO of BME Community Services from 2005 to 2015, a not for profit charity which helped to bridge the gap in service provision for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities in West Sussex, a job that I thoroughly enjoyed and did tirelessly for 10 years. In addition to making a massive difference in many migrants’ lives and contributing submissions to policies such as the UK FGM law, the Domestic Violence Visa rules and much more, it also paved the way to me obtaining an MSc in Leadership and Management from the University of Southampton in 2010, an induction as a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management in 2011, a diploma in Corporate and Executive Coaching from the Coaching Academy.
Somewhere along the line, I became a leadership development coach from 2013, rejoined the NHS at a senior level, became a Prince2 Practitioner, and a Certified High Performance Coach with the High Performance Coaching Institute USA from 2016 to 2019. All that experience brings an excellent grasp of issues facing highly skilled and highly qualified migrant professionals like myself.
Starting in 2019, I decided to position myself as an expert and prove my credibility by embarking on my academic journey to the expertise in ‘ Migrants Self-Inclusion into leadership’ and organisational behaviour as a University Lecturer (PT), and PhD(c) in Inclusion in Leadership for which I am due to graduate in 2022.
The result is an institute showcasing highly skilled migrants’ professionals and encouraging more migrants to aspire for a seat at the decision-making leadership table. Life as a migrant is tough, but together we can achieve our goals and making a difference in both our home countries and our host countries through effective participation in leadership.
In February 2017, I founded Diverse Cultures Publishing. It was born out of my passion for writing even though I have dyslexia and can never write without mistakes, and I cannot read fluently. When I was told about my dyslexia in 2015, I started challenging myself to write more, after all, I could write creatively, the only problem was that my work was not typo-free to a point where I had been shut down so much that I lost my self-esteem. It was extremely confusing, especially that at that point, I was doing well in my career, I was business-minded, and the go-to person for others. Additionally, I had already contributed chapters in three anthologies published by PWN Books, a US-based independent publisher. I had to change my mindset; I vowed to teach myself to read and write in ways that worked for me.
Secondly, I have a shaky history of not knowing my paternal ancestry. Maybe if someone could have written it down before my dad’s sudden passing followed by my sister with whom I shared a dad and knew more than me, I would have something to tell my children and future generations; thus I am keen to change that, not just for me but for many out there who want to leave a legacy.
After naysayers told me I had no chance of being published by major publishing houses, I did not even want to try; instead, I learned how to publish books using the same channels they used. After much research, I thought if I have struggled with reading and writing, but, I am creative, many neurodivergent and multilingual people might have the same struggles, So I set out to help people who would not typically be offered an opportunity by mainstream publishing houses and would not be confident to self-publish.
That is what we do at DCP, we help people to tell their stories and leave a legacy. I became my first client and published my first solo book in 2017, then clients’ followed, the catalogue is slowly growing. On a funny note, relax, I do not do the proofreading by myself.
I highly recommend Amina’s services for you. Amina is very professional, Energetic, Motivational & Friendly. You can easily discuss all your confidential matters. She gives her full attention to you as a client and makes you know you are important. I have gained clarity of direction in my career and dramatically improved my job prospects. I received great ideas on how to make myself stand out to the competition in seeking business or employment. Amina has the following great qualities; Friendliness and professionalism, great ideas to improve my life and start working towards my goal. Her coaching questions made me think for myself what the best direction in my career was. She helped me a lot when I was confused. Now I feel relaxed and calm, and I have a great future ahead."
As a mother who spent ten years at home looking after children, I joined Amina as an employee of her charity. Amina quickly saw potential in me and became my coach and mentor. She is selfless, supportive, professional and always wants people to succeed. My husband and I are business owners. We were juggling work and three girls. It was all getting tiring, managing time and the staff was not easy, and the business was starting to suffer. Amina helped me develop a flexible plan than that help us to turn things around, which have improved our energy and help us to perform better in the business. She was a great coach for my career journey. I am now the first ever Asian Woman and only the second ethnic minority person to hold political council office in West Sussex. Give her a go and let the results speak for themselves. You won’t regret it!"
Amina is very inspiring. She motivates me to achieve better results and get the most out of myself and my team. She doesn't tell me what to do but leads me to think outside of the box, look at future visions, have a clear focus for my work. Her wealth of experience and knowledge has benefited Hampton Tiddlers immensely. What is more, she helped Hampton Tiddlers to get the funding that we desperately needed in February 2017. Now we can offer more service and activities for the children and their families in Peterborough and surrounding areas."
I met Amina at an event in 2017. For a long time, I had dreamt of becoming a published author. Since I started working with Amina as my book writing coach and publisher, I have written and published four solo books and co-authored another three books. Her efficiency and mentorship have been impeccable and invaluable. She is a good coach because she is not afraid to challenge your thinking. She can be tough, but it is all because she wants your work to be the best quality possible. I thank God for linking us, and I have many more books to come. If you want a great boo coach, Contact Amina."
I have been working with Amina for over ten years now. She has not only changed my way of thinking but my attitude towards life too. She is a great trainer and coach; she is a High Performer who uses unique tools to help her clients to achieve their goals. Her courses are laid in such an easy to follow way but offer great depth."