On 19th January 2010, Quilliam issued the following:


Quilliam announces new head of advisory board


Iqbal Wahhab OBE, a high-profile businessman, has been appointed as the new chair of Quilliam’s Advisory Board. Quilliam directors welcome Iqbal’s business insights and strategic-thinking skills.


A Quilliam spokesperson said:


“Iqbal Wahhab has a wealth of experience in the business sector, government, media, as well as in the interfaith field and in the charity sector. His experience and knowledge will help Quilliam continue to challenge extremism, help develop a Western Muslim identity, and make the UK a more successful, united and cohesive society.”


Quilliam’s Advisory Board currently consists of Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Dr Musharraf Hussain Al-Azhari, Dr Catherine Fieschi, Canon Dr Giles Fraser, David Goodhart, Michael Gove MP, Dr David Green, Sheikh Dr. Ali al-Saleh al Najafi and Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui.


In the coming months, Iqbal will help bring new energy and greater diversity to Quilliam’s Advisory Board.





Iqbal Wahhab was educated in London and is a graduate of the London School of Economics. In 1991, after working as a journalist in the national press for three years, he set up his own PR firm that specialised in food, drink and restaurants and in 1994 launched Tandoori Magazine.


He sold out of the magazine to launch the multi-award winning Cinnamon Club in 2001— a restaurant and bar aimed at changing the way that British people view Indian dining. In 2003 he co-authored The Cinnamon Club Cookbook and in 2005 opened Roast, a restaurant and bar in Borough Market celebrating the best of British cooking with the best of seasonal British produce.



In 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by the University of East London.


Charity and interfaith work:

Iqbal works closely with The Prince’s Trust, taking children from under-privileged schools in south-east London, spending half days with them at Roast and taking them on food education programmes around Borough Market.


Iqbal is chair of the Government’s Ethnic Minority Advisory Group which examines ways to reduce ethnic minority unemployment levels and he also sits on a Ministerial Task Force to help formulate policies to this end.

Other positions:

Chair, The Mayor’s Fund for London, Business Club

Patron, Concern Worldwide

Ambassador, Rivington Place

Advisor, The Delfina Foundation

Board Memberships/Trusteeships:


The Prince’s Mosaic, Race for Opportunity – Business in the Community, Bright Ideas Trust, Business Leaders Advisory Group – London Development Agency, The Mayor’s Fund for London


Director of the Month, Institute of Directors, January 2010

Voted Restaurant Personality of the Year by Menu Magazine

Voted one of the Top 10 Restaurateurs in Britain in an Independent on Sunday survey

Received an OBE in the New Years Honours list for public service and services to the hospitality industry

What others say:

“Iqbal is a restaurateur par excellence, combining a passion for food with an art for communication, fine attention to detail and sound commercial acumen” – Mark Price, Managing Director of Waitrose on waitrose.com

“National Treasure” – The Times