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Manchester High School for Girls

Asra Shakoor

Asra is Specialist Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. She looks back on her professional journey so far:

"I still remember the first time I gave a speech at one of Manchester High’s Model United Nations conferences when I was 13 years old. Fear and nerves were soon overcome with encouragement and support from my peers.

Little did I know, this valuable introduction to diplomacy, international issues and public speaking would lead me to a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, to working in Parliament and running the National Model United Nations conference in New York.

I now work at the very heart of UK government, advising on policy that directly affects the day to day lives of millions of people.

"I am so proud to be a part of the Manchester High community, a place that really feels like home."