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Heena Mohammed

UChicago Obama Scholars 2022-2023

Role

Former Policy Advisor, UK Government

Location

UNITED KINGDOM

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Biography

Heena most recently served as the Deputy Head of Police Powers for the UK Home Office. In this role, Heena was responsible for ensuring police powers, notably stop and search powers, were used fairly and equitably in the pursuit of reducing crime and violence. Prior to this role, Heena served as the Senior Private Secretary to the British Minister of State for Policing and Fire. Through her early career as a civil servant, she worked on key social policy issues including welfare, housing, and criminal justice. Currently, Heena organizes and delivers educational programming for incarcerated populations, which includes creative writing, civic engagement and voter rights training, at Cook County Jail and Illinois Youth Center.

Heena is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and is a Fulbright Scholar with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.