Asim Mukhtar is a New Zealand Permanent Resident with more than two decades of experience leading non-profit as well as for-profit organizations. He is currently a PhD student at Auckland University of Technology. He has successfully applied his leadership and governance skill set in different roles and helps organisations to grow. He is the advisory board member of the Pakistan Association of New Zealand, a Founding Member of Sanjha Punjab (United Punjab) New Zealand, and a Radio host at Radio Spice 88FM. Asim is also a professional photographer and has carried out some documentary filmmaking for community development projects, aimed at lifting the voice and visibility of ethnic and religious minorities in Aotearoa society and creating public awareness about their countries of origin. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Muslim New Zealander of the Year 2019 award and holds the Peter Harwood Scholarship in Community Leadership and Excellence.
Asim would like to create awareness in his community about the prevalence of domestic violence. He notes: “It is important to build awareness, identify abusive behaviours, and take action to prevent harm to people in our communities who may be family, friends, neighbours, or co-workers. I intend to lead efforts in raising awareness about domestic violence and will help victims by referring them to local services, resources and other support available to them. I will become a link between victims. Due to my media background, I understand the importance of an effective campaign and will assist by sharing important information within the community. The strong community support I have garnered over the years means I will be able to challenge the taboos regarding Domestic violence within ethnic communities.”