Cllr. Zaffar Van Kalwala was born and brought up in Brent. He attended his local school before going onto to university to read politics and history as well as achieving a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Business. He was first elected to the council in September 2007 and represents the Stonebridge ward which, is the second largest ward in London. At the time of his election, Zaffar was one of the youngest Local Councillor’s in the country.
Since being elected to Brent council, Zaffar has served on various council committees and local bodies including:
Gangs Task-Group (Set-up and chaired cross-party task group)
Partnership and Place Committee, which looked at working with local partners and community groups (Committee Chair)
Budget and Finance Committee
School governor at Mitchell Brook Primary School
Park Royal Partnership
Currently, Zaffar continues to focus on areas that help the local economy to create jobs and support Brent businesses. He also works closely on issues affecting young people namely, youth unemployment, apprenticeships, and gangs. He is a member of the GMB trade union.
Zaffar has always been active locally including serving on Brent’s Youth Council where he was awarded the Millennium Fellowship for his community work. Through the fellowship, he went to Israel and Palestine to review the Middle-East process where he met with Israeli and Palestinian officials along with community groups and NGOs.
In addition to his role and duties as a Local Councillor, Zaffar presently works for an Investment Bank in the City. Prior to his current role, Zaffar worked in Local Government and for the Department for International Development (DFID) where he worked on government initiatives to combat poverty in developing countries.
Outside of politics, Zaffar tries to keep-fit by attending his local boxing club in Stonebridge as well as playing football and supporting Liverpool FC - his favourite football team!