Anj's passion is people. She loves understanding what makes them tick and how they can develop and help both themselves and others.
Anj Handa is a speaker, writer, lobbyist and coach who has a focus on social impact and inclusion. Passionate about the boosting the self-esteem of young people through helping them to discover the power of their voice, Anj has trained over 1000 young people in public speaking over the last two years, with an emphasis on social action.
She encourages young adults to share their views and help them raise awareness of challenging subjects such as mental health, gender-based violence and topical political issues. She does this by creating an open and supportive platform within which to develop their critical thinking and researching expertise, as well as their presenting skills.
Anj feels drawn to help girls and women. She places her energy into supporting individuals and organisations in advancing the empowerment, education and health of girls and women, and working to end gender-based violence, including female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
Anj has delivered sessions ranging from 3-5 hours, working with groups of between 10 and 70 young people at a time on behalf of the National Citizen Service, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and through her own Speak Up for Social Action workshops. She is also a Mental Health First Aider.
Anj is multilingual (fluent German and Punjabi, competent French and Hindi).
“Anj, thank you so much for such a wonderful, rewarding, engaging day. I really appreciate you taking your time and effort to provide such an inspirational day…NCS cannot thank you enough for your support in helping to ‘challenge’ a young person.”– Dan, Programme Leader, NCS
“We were delighted to have Anj speak at our event, and her presentation went down a storm! She was articulate, funny, emotive and thought provoking - not easy to do in the time we gave her! I would highly recommend Anj to speak at your event, or if you're looking for help in improving your presentation skills. I have nothing but praise for her approach and her style.”– Gary Hibberd, MD, Agenci
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