Sulaiman Khan

Founder and Chief Purpose Officer

Level
Senior
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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Projects

Projects credited in

About me

Who is Sulaiman Khan? Disabled/Wild/Hot AF Exploratory Storyteller and Adventurer. Creating relationships, stories, and magic. A Continual WIP. Sulaiman is an independent consultant, speaker, and writer on Divergent Leadership, Creativity, and Equitability (characterised by equity or fairness; just and right; fair; reasonable: equitable treatment of all citizens). The igniter of hearts creatively, a South Asian disabled wheelchair user exploratory storyteller and adventurer, he loves to create relationships, stories, and magic. Also, Sulaiman is the award-winning Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of ThisAbility Limited, which is a disability-led equity business. With over 30-years lived-experience of disability and over 10-years experience in the creative industries (and deeply invested in working towards disability justice and disability solidarity), he works tirelessly to destabilise the accepted narratives of creativity and disability, changing the culture to make equity the default via disabled creativity. And Sulaiman is an active (non-optical) intersectional accomplice-in-progress and a continual work-in-progress too, relentlessly and unapologetically.

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Skills

  • Organisation
  • Leadership
  • Public Relations
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Writing
  • Enterpreneurship
  • Diversity
  • Consulting

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • D&AD

    D&AD

    • Design
  • Creative Equals

    Creative Equals

    • Social Enterprise
  • Breakthrough Media

    Breakthrough Media

    • Marketing & PR
  • Anomaly

    Anomaly

    • Advertising

Work history

Currently

Founder and Chief Purpose Officer

ThisAbility Limited

Oct 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • “It is learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those others identified as outside the structures in order to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.” – Audre Lorde ThisAbility – Inclusively, daringly forwards. 160 characters: Disability-led equity consultancy. We exist to ignite, empower, and amplify disabled creativity across the world. #ThisAbility https://www.thisability.co Watch this space. "Shared Values + Shared Action​ = Shared Profit (that’s financial profit and social profit)."​ – Cindy Gallop

Currently

Feb 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Proving that diversity works. As a founding member of The GBDE, I am part of the team that’s bringing more diversity to the creative industries (particularly in Advertising and Design), especially for women, LGBTQs, BAEMs and people who happen to have a disability. The report is out - read it now (https://www.thegreatbritishdiversityexperiment.com/the-report)!

Currently

Co-Host, Writer & Asst. Community Manager

Muscle Owl Media

Jan 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • VOLUNTARY: The Muscle Owl is a non-profit media organisation dedicated to changing attitudes towards disability. Using the strategic position of “No barriers, No Boundaries”. My work for The Muscle Owl sees me work as an assistant community manager working through social media channels to co-host on their popular podcast (with over 100k listeners in over 75 countries). We use a variety of channels to spread our message and are now moving into live streaming, as we seek to use technology to further our cause.

Currently

Regional Ambassador | Trailblazers (MDUK)

Muscular Dystrophy UK

Aug 2008
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • VOLUNTARY: As the London Regional Ambassador for the young disabled people’s network, Trailblazers (part of Muscular Dystrophy UK), I am actively involved and use my campaign skills to raise awareness of social injustices faced by young people with disabilities, primarily neuromuscular conditions. This has led to me producing PR through various media organisations including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, The Guardian, Evening Standard, CBC Radio (Canada) and various outlets throughout Europe. My role has expanded to include chairing regional meetings, speaking in public about Trailblazers’ work, and lobbying Parliament for better accessibility and care for those affected by disability. This means I am often managing confidential information for members, staff, MDUK patrons and others across the organisation. I have also trained myself to maintain the CMS for MDUK, as well as contributing articles and blog posts to the site. To this day, I continue to contribute ideas for awareness campaigns to MDUK and support wherever I can.

2016

Festival Speaker

D&AD

Nov 2015 - Apr 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • As an official speaker at the revered (inaugural) D&AD Festival, I was invited to provide my personal viewpoint on the advertising and communications industry. My keynote, “Make Today Worth Remembering: Problem Solving + Other Bullshit” focused on creating purpose within the communications industry and how we should aim for better in everything we produce. One of the highlights of my 2016, it was an incredible experience I will never forget. It increased my confidence in public speaking, as well as my Keynote skills! For a full report on the Festival, and my part in it, read my blog: http://blog.kinectricity.co/post/146176851322/unstoppable

2016

Sep 2015 - Jul 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • The best way to understand what people want and the messaging that will engage them is through research - in the field, from my desk, and by talking to everyone I meet. Reporting into the Head of Planning, my work at Breakthrough helped shape the strategy for our awareness campaigns. I also worked closely with the Social Media team to develop messages that would resonate with our clients’ target audiences. I learned how to present my work to disparate people, and to find insights among the avalanche of data available.

2014

Festival Guide for New Blood 2014

D&AD

Jun 2014 - Jul 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Tasked with increasing D&AD’s standing with the creative community through social media (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook), I used a range of skills to document and promote New Blood Exhibitions to visitors, stakeholders, members and the wider public. This furthered my passion for design, advertising, and creativity, as well as provided me with the opportunity to speak to people about their thoughts on the creative industries.

2013

Work Experience

News UK

May 2013 - May 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • For a feature on musicians for the Arts & Features department at the newspaper, I worked into a senior editor to research the subject and craft copy for the final article. The role gave me a thorough grounding in editorial within a fast-paced international news environment, as well as an experience of promotions, marketing, and printing departments within a global company.

2012

Work Experience

McGarry Bowen

Feb 2012 - Feb 2012
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • With a brief to research, conceptualise and create an advertising campaign for confectionery brand, After Eights that would appeal to young people, I worked within a small team to develop a number of concepts. Not only was I able to begin to flex my ‘Adobe muscles’ in producing final artwork, my brainstorming skills were considerably sharpened during this placement at one of London’s premier advertising agencies.

2011

Live Industry Brief

Bloom Consulting

Sep 2010 - Jan 2011
  • Farnham, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • As part of a live brief for Bloom Consulting (Madrid) for their country-regional brand client, Costa Alentejana, I worked closely with a team of creatives to develop an experiential branding campaign. Our idea of casting the client’s brand as a haven for technophilia (a love of technology) was selected as a finalist. Not only was I able to put into practice my creative and problem-solving skills, the project allowed me to develop a number of useful project management skills.

Education

2012

BA(Hons) Advertising AND Brand Communication

University for the Creative Arts

Sep 2009 - Jul 2012
  • Farnham, United Kingdom
  • Second Class - Upper Division (2:1). Thesis/Dissertation – Mobile Dream Machines: How the notion of being ‘mobile’ impacts creativity