Abdul Razak Osman – Leicester Gets First Muslim Lord Mayor

Shahnaaz Khan
Distinction from the Optical Society of America
Nominated to Board

Leicester: (United Kingdom): An Indian-origin Councillor, Abdul Razak Osman has become the first Lord Mayor to hold the high office in the multi-cultural town of Leicester, which has a large minority of Indians. Osman was born in Kenya and arrived in the UK in 1971. His late father Yousuf Razak worked on the East African Railway, and worked for a local engineering firm after moving to Leicester. The Lord Mayor is Leicester’s first Citizen and has a high profile role maintaining and promoting the interests of the city and its citizens, by attending a variety of civic engagements during the year.
Leicester previously had Hindu and Sikh Lord Mayors, but Osman is the first Muslim to hold the high office. Osman, who joined the city Council in 1996, takes over from Councillor Rob Wann. The term of Leicester’s Lord Mayor is one year.