Pakistan has untapped talent, which when explored gets recognition worldwide. Zara num ho tou ye mitti bari zarkhaiz hai saaqi. Renowned author, Arif Anis is the first Pakistani to receive the highest honors from the city of London. They awarded him ‘Freeman of the City of London’ at a ceremony at the Chamberlain Court of the Guild Hall. He is also co-founder of the David Beckham-backed One Million Meals campaign. We congratulate him on receiving this prestigious award.
A motivating speaker and coach
Arif Anis is not only an author and a columnist but a motivating speaker and coach as well, who voices his opinion and raises concerns wherever needed. He has trained heads of state, chief executives, movie stars, members of parliament, and Olympic athletes in the art of influence, non-verbal excellence, and executive presence. He is a Wall Street Journal and the USA Today bestselling author of Habits of Success, I’MPOSSIBLE, and Made In Crises.
He wrote his first book ‘Follow Your Dreams’ when he was in the last year of his university. This book talks about successful people and their amazing success stories, and how they lived against the odds. ‘I’MPOSSIBLE’ talks of how to achieve a winner’s attitude. ‘The Man in the Arena’ is about how to lift your soul when you face challenges.
Some of his key achievements are:
- Brian Tracy International Award of Excellence (2017)
- Brain of the Year 2020” by the Brain Trust UK
- 100 influential Muslims in Europe listed by Power100 British Parliamentary Review (2018 edition)
- The Global Man Of The Year by Global Man Magazine (2019)
- Trustee of Akhuwat-UK Trust
- Co-Founder of the One Million Meals Campaign
Son of a Shepherd
As he says, “I am a son of a shepherd born in the most Godforsaken place who rose against the odds to be a celebrated trainer, coach, psychotherapist, and author. For over 15 years I have advised thousands of people on how to enhance the quality of their lives, relationships, and outcomes. In my pursuit of excellence, I have shared the stage with the global leaders, celebrated business gurus & coaches including President Donald Trump, President Bill Clinton, Tony Robbins, Daniel Goleman, Richard Bandler, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Paul McKenna, Tony Buzan, Brendon Burchard, Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, James Caan, and many others.”
He also added, “I speak worldwide about crisis leadership. Crises bring opportunities for leaders to stretch, embrace, and evolve new behaviors, solutions, and attitudes. The One Million Meals campaign was founded as a community response to the COVID-19 crisis. I dedicate the Freedom of the City of London recognition to the co-founders of the campaign, Suleman Raza, Bilal & Momin, my family, and countless volunteers who rose above and beyond the call of duty in the time of crisis.’’
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Freeman Award recipients
Other notable recipients of the Freeman Award are:
- Royal Family Members: Princess Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth, Diana, and Princess of Wales
- Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom: Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher
- Global leaders: Jawaharlal Nehru, Nelson Mandela
- President of the United States of America: Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Entrepreneurs and academics: Professor Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Jimmy Choo, Morgan Freeman, JK Rowling, Sir Michael Cane, George Helon, etc.
It gives us honor as a Pakistani to celebrate his achievements and the highest award that he has achieved. We at Neemopani are truly proud of you. More power and strength to Arif Anis!