Assembly Member for South Wales East
Spokesperson for Skills
Mohammad Asghar was born in Peshawar, Pakistan. After gaining a BA in Political Science at Peshawar University, Mohammad moved to London to complete an MBA. He later gained an accountancy qualification, in Newport where he settled with his family. After spending much of his professional career working for a firm of chartered accountants in Newport, Mohammad is now principal of his own successful accountancy firm.
Mohammad also holds a Pilot Licence and is fluent in both Urdu and Punjabi.
In 2004, Mohammad became Wales’ first Muslim councillor, representing Victoria Ward in Newport.
Mohammad was first elected to the Welsh Assembly in 2007, making him the first ethnic minority and Muslim member of the Assembly. He was delighted to be re-elected again in 2011 as an Assembly Member for the South Wales East Region. Mohammad is currently the Shadow Minister for Equalities and the Shadow Minister for Sports. He is also a member of the Public Accounts Committee, Enterprise and Business Committee and a member of the All-Faith Committee. Mohammad is also a member of the Cross-Party Group for Looked-After Children.
Having a real passion for promoting business and enterprises both nationally and internationally, Mohammad has developed firm relations with various countries in the Commonwealth and is an avid supporter and member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).
Being a very keen sportsman, Mohammad has always encouraged participation in sport for all ages. He had the honour of running with the Olympic Torch in 1964 and campaigns for Wales to have its own Cricket team and is delighted when sport, in particular Rugby, Football and Athletics unite the nation.
Mohammad has served as a school governor of two schools in Newport. He is a Fellow of Financial Accountants (UK).