I recently spent a day with Zulfi Hussain MBE, explaining the pros and cons of WordPress and guiding him through the process of running his own website.
“Zulfi is one of Yorkshire & Humber’s best known and most respected entrepreneurs and has been recognised as one of the top 100 most influential.”
Zulfi is also “a rarity in the business world – a man who is successful but modest.”
Zulfi’s honours and awards include…
- Honorary degree from the University of Bradford 2010
- MBE – Services to Businesses and Services to Charity 2008
- IAB – Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2007
- IOD – Director of the Year 2007
- CVS – Volunteer of the Year 2007
You can see his new website here…
Zilfi is an entrepreneur, coach, speaker and philanthropist.
He’s “the man who makes the impossible possible” and lists his interests on Linkedin as “Making a Big Difference in the World”. He’s certainly done that!
Using corporate skills to help those in need.
In 2005 Zulfi launched the Global Promise Foundation in response to the disastrous Tsunami in South Asia. Global Promise quickly raised over £2m to provide relief “by engaging businesses and the community”.
But Global Promise is not just about disaster relief.
Enterprise and education, climate change, healthy living and lifestyle, connecting communities and Fair trade have all benefited from Global Promise. As have Help for Heroes, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the National Autistic Society.
Zulfi is also keen to make a difference close to home.
“We have been working with around 4,000 young people in Bradford and inner city schools in partnership with Laisterdyke Enterprise College.”
“I have a lot of history of getting things done, being a bit of a maverick, very much a serial entrepreneur and a philanthropist, and all the things I learned in the corporate world I applied to Global Promise.”
BT board member and restaurateur
He’s also co editor of Virtual Coach, Virtual Mentor
The real Zulfi Hussain
With such a list of achievements and awards I expected Zufi to be aloof, cool and distant. But he’s not, he’s just an ordinary man who gets things done.
It’s been a pleasure to meet Zulfi Hussain MBE, he’s a man who not only cares about people but uses his skills, abilities and contacts to help in practical ways.
“People, Planet, Profit. It is always the triple bottom line, in that order,” says Zulfi.