Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz OBE was elected the Mayor of Newham in May 2018. Since her election, she has been leading a transformative and radical agenda in Newham, reflecting a series of manifesto commitments to address inequality and poverty, invest in young people to widen opportunities, embed Community Wealth Building as the economic approach being adopted by the Council, increase participatory democracy and respond to the Climate Emergency.
Her administration’s Newham Sparks programme ignites a new era of innovation as it beckons forth a thriving community of data sector visionaries and investors. Newham positions itself as a premier hub for the data sector's luminaries, all while seamlessly embedding the potential of data and digital realms across the Council's spectrum – from enhancing the environment to revitalizing transportation.
As an advocate for racial justice and equalities, Rokhsana was awarded an OBE in 2019 for services to Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in the UK.