Renowned author, thought leader and Express columnist Arif Anis has become the first Pakistani author to receive the highest honours from the city of London.
Arif, one of the founders of the David Beckham-backed One Million Meals campaign, has become a Freeman of the City of London at a ceremony at the Chamberlain Court of the Guild Hall. Freeman is the highest honour bestowed by London.
Arif, a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of Habits of Success, I’MPOSSIBLE and Made In Crises is a globally renowned speaker of Pakistani origin and a leadership development expert who joins ranks with high achievers who have received the Freeman or Free Sister recognition.
The previous notable recipients include Princess Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth, Diana, Princess of Wales. Prime ministers of the United Kingdom; Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher. Global leaders; Jawaharlal Nehru, Nelson Mandela. Presidents 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, JP, and other senior officials within royal family, politics, business, and celebrities in their chosen fields.