Meet Jamal Ahmed of Kazient Privacy Experts
Spotting a gap in the market at the lack of accessible, expert services in GDPR compliance & Privacy, Ahmed founded Kazient Privacy Experts to provide Privacy and Data protection compliance solutions to medium and large business in a language you understand.
Having quickly established himself as a leading expert in Data Privacy he (and his company) has received positive media coverage across Europe where Jamal has been cited as an expert in news articles including the BBC and Euronews.
To date, Jamal and his company, Kazient Privacy Experts has provided compliance solutions to businesses across 6 continents in over 17 countries helping to safeguard the personal data of over 57 million data subjects worldwide.
Some of Jamal’s blue chip clients include: Lloyds Banking Group, Qatar National Bank, Santander, M&G Investments, Prudential and Verisure.
His desire to use his expertise to make an impact has seen him work with charities at very favourable rates.
1. Can you explain to us how the idea for your business came to you and how the whole process kicked off?
My wife was pregnant for the first time and I was on the lookout for opportunities to create more income and build a better future for us. I happened to stumble across an article on LinkedIn about something I’d never heard off before – GDPR. I started doing some research and realised this was something very niche and would potentially have a large impact on many businesses.
2. What were the biggest challenges you faced when bringing the idea to market?
No one was familiar with GDPR or had even heard of it so it was very difficult to be able to engage anyone to even discuss it (let alone the impact of it on their business) and pitch them our services. It proved very difficult to get businesses to recognise that they had a need.
3. Where do you think good ideas come from and what inspires you?
Good ideas can come from anywhere – but I strongly believe that good ideas only stick with a mind that is searching for opportunity and prepared to act on it.
I find inspiration when I see something working really well (that I believe) I can tweak and replicate and funnily enough also from something that I think is really bad and I can see a much better way of doing it.
4. What are your company’s values and why are these things important to the business?
Expertise, Sincerity and Integrity are our key values at Kazient Privacy Experts.
These are 3 qualities that clients love, it fosters trust and builds a reputation that precedes you. We recently turned down a contract worth £30K with Nigel Farage and his party as felt there was a misalignment in our values. Our principled stance was well received by existing clients and generated a lot of prospective clients we are in currently in discussions with.
5. What is next for your Kazient Privacy Experts?
We are looking forward to gaining recognition and acknowledgement as thought leaders in our industry and have been increasing our focus on providing positive contributions and insights.
6. What one piece of advice would you have for someone just starting out on their business journey or currently going through a setback?
Commit to do doing just one thing daily – no matter how big or small – it’s important to keep moving forward.
7. What resources and tools do you use to remain productive or up-to-date on industry trends etc?
Google alerts – I have alerts for Key words relevant to my industry which keeps me updated on breaking news and what’s trending. I also use Trello to manage most of our business activities and even personal tasks.
More about Jamal
Jamal a practising Muslim has showed his patience and resolve by continuing to persevere through hardship including the loss of his three children; Ayyub and twins Noah & Isaac within the space of a year Dec 2017 – August 2018. He attributes all his success to god.
- Jamal works with not for profit organisations of all faith denominations and has led numerous campaigns managing the end to end process from fundraising through to delivery.
- Jamal started raising funds and taking food and toiletries to the “Jungle” in Calais in September 2015. After leaving the terrible reality of the situation where people were unable to cook the non-perishable food he had supplied, Ahmed set up Enable 1000, raising £15,000 to fund 100 communal kitchens providing cooking stoves and gas, pots, pans and cooking utensils, enabling 1000 refugees to eat a meal every day.
- He has continued to raise over £100,000 to help displaced people. This has included a sponsored parachute jump.
- His WrapUp1000 campaign raised funds for clothing to help refugees crossing the sea to Greek Islands Lesvos and Chios who had been forced from their homes with only the clothing on their back.
- The Iftar1000 project raised nearly £90,000 to sponsor Iftar meals for people in Syria who had no food to break their fast.
- The RohingyaSOS project raised money for the persecuted Rohingya communities in Burma, providing emergency goods, medical supplies and shelter.
- The Rice4Life project raised £25,000 to distribute rice to the flood victims in the Sunamganj district.
- His latest effort is The Nansana Project in Uganda where he is funding a mosque, water well and restrooms.
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