Politics students named ambassadors for the Vibrant and Inclusive Communities Strategic Theme

Students Ghanim and Ahmad Muhammad Al-Muftah have been appointed as the University’s Strategic Theme Ambassadors for the Vibrant and Inclusive Communities theme.

The twin brothers, who are both studying Politics, will work closely with the Theme Associate Pro Vice-Chancellors to act as advocates for the University’s activities and achievements at events and through their networks to enhance the University’s reputation and profile.  

Ghanim Muhammad Al-Muftah is a Qatari brand ambassador, goodwill ambassador and entrepreneur, with more than 10 million followers across his social media channels. In 2022, Ghanim was appointed an ambassador for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and appeared alongside the US actor Morgan Freeman at the event’s opening ceremony, with the pair speaking about inclusion and diversity and Ghanim reciting from the Qur’an.  More recently, he attended the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, and was invited to a gala dinner alongside guests including the FIFA President Gianna Infantino and Sheikh Rashid Al Nuaimi, President of the United Arab Emirates Football Association. 

Born with Caudal Regression Syndrome, a disorder that impairs the development of the lower spine, Ghanim has climbed Jebel Shams, a 3,000m mountain in Oman, enjoys scuba diving and skateboarding and has dreams of being a Paralympian. 

Of his role, Ghanim says: “I want to foster a sense of belonging and connectivity among the whole University community and to create opportunities for students to learn and grow outside of the classroom,” he says. 

Ahmad Muhammad Al-Muftah, who helps to support his brother, wants to share the sense of community and inclusivity he has experienced at Loughborough. 

He says: “I believe being an Ambassador will allow me to show prospective students what makes Loughborough such a special place. I’d also like to advocate for the needs and concerns of under-represented groups on campus and develop initiatives that promote equity and a sense of belonging.” 

Ghanim and Ahmad are joined by alumnus Steve Varley who was named the Ambassador for the Climate Change and Net Zero Strategic Theme in December 2023. The ambassadors for the final strategic theme, Sport, Health and Wellbeing, will be announced in due course.