Health Equity Champion

Dr. Habib Naqvi, MBE

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Dr. Habib Naqvi, MBE

Dr. Habib Naqvi is the Chief Executive of the NHS Race and Health Observatory in the UK, which works to identify and tackle ethnic inequalities in health and care by facilitating research, making health policy recommendations, and enabling long-term transformational change.

Habib joined the English National Health Service in 2001, managing large public health research programs in the South West of England. He spent a number of years working at the Department of Health and Social Care where he led national equality and diversity policy, including on the health sector’s response to the UK government’s review of the Public Sector Equality Duty.

From 2013, Habib directed the development and implementation of national health equity programs for the NHS workforce, patients, and communities. Habib has spoken and written widely on health equity and has given evidence to the UK’s House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee.

Habib was awarded an MBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to equality and diversity in the NHS and is listed in the Health Service Journal’s “100 most influential people in health”.