Shahnaz Ahmed

Creative Strategist, Facebook & Instagram/ Founder, Knit Aid

London, United Kingdom
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About me

Hello! I’m Shahnaz and I'm an award-winning creative and maker with 10+ years in the creative industry. I’m currently Senior Designer at Livity, a youth-led creative network in London. I help lead some of the most impactful campaigns that help young people to change the world. Over the past decade I’ve been creative and design lead for clients including Google / Youtube, Facebook, Dyson, Comic Relief, Ministry of Sound, Food Standards Agency, Girlguiding. During my maternity leave two years ago, I founded Knit Aid – a global social movement that empowers refugees through the craft of knitting, and uses creativity to bring communities together – And well, 2017 was a rather exciting year: I've been recognised as – > Shortlisted for The Drum's Creative Women of the Year 2017 award in partnership with Creative Equals and Facebook. > One of 15 high-potential senior creative women globally for Cannes Lions See It Be It 2017 programme > Creative Equal's and Campaign's Future Leader’s award ‘Women to Watch’ Being one of few women, and often only ethnic minority woman, in creative teams throughout my career, I’m on a mission to increase equality and diversity in the creative industry. I’m a regular speaker at industry events and work to attain and retain minority talent within the creative industry through talks, panels and mentoring. I’ve spoken at Cannes Lions in London, Eurobest, Creative Social, Glug, She Says, and General Assembly, and mentor BAME talent to enter and remain in the industry. And 2018 is set to be a whopper: I’m going to be judging the White Pencil category for D&AD's New Blood Awards 2018, awarded to outstanding work that uses the power of creativity to do good in the world. And have several speaking and mentoring dates booked in to get the year rolling. Busy busy! And that's how I love it.

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  • Graphic Design

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Companies I’ve worked with

  • VICE


    • Publishing
  • ustwo


    • Design
  • Creative Equals

    Creative Equals

    • Social Enterprise
  • R/GA


    • Advertising

Work history


Senior Designer


Jun 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time