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Waheed Alli is Chief Executive of Silvergate Media – a media company that specialises in children’s television, and Chairman of Koovs.com, an online fashion retailer in India. He is also a director of Olga Productions and Paul O’Grady’s agent.
In the 1990s, Waheed was Managing Director of one of the largest independent production companies in the UK responsible for innovative programming such as The Big Breakfast, Don’t Forget Your Tooth Brush and TFI Friday. He was also the owner, along with Charlie Parsons and Bob Geldof, of long-running TV reality show Survivor.
Waheed was also the founding Chairman of ASOS, the UK’s largest independent online fashion and beauty retailer. Under his stewardship, the company grew from £4m to £2bn. He is President of the National Youth Theatre and was appointed a working Labour peer in July 1998.
Waheed has been a long-term supporter of the Foundation. In his capacity as a patron he has advised and helped the foundation engage on policy critical issues such as Global LGBT Legislation and discrimination and most recently hosted a dinner at the House of Lords.