Athar Husain Khan was born in The Hague to a Pakistani father and a Dutch mother. Because of his father’s work, he spent the first years of his life in the Middle East where he was educated in English and Arabic. These early years gave him an awareness and exposure to different cultures and were formative in his global outlook.
Athar's career to date has afforded him an impressive skill-set; diplomacy and negotiation; leadership and business; stakeholder management and engagement. His interpersonal skills make him an excellent communicator and manager. He is results oriented and resilient.
He has extensive experience working with the press and media at all levels; the Brussels press corps, national and international media as well as corporate and business journals. He has been a regular contributor in printed media as well as on TV and radio, and has taken part in various panel debates and as guest speaker at conferences and corporate events.
Natural Leadership and synchronicity
In 2016 Athar embarked on the Wilderness Leadership Transformation Programme. The mission of this programme is to support the development of natural leadership and to increase awareness of the connection between nature and humanity. It is based on the principles of the u-curve, and synchronicity theories which seek to engage its proponents in attaining their leadership goals through a methodology that lays down the path to a person’s inner source of leadership and creativity.
Athar believes in the interconnectedness between all spheres of human activity and experience, it is this deep understanding which informs his stance and activities. He is a supporter of Human Rights Watch, Africa is not Ebola, Aviateurs sans Frontières, and the Foundation for Natural Leadership.
His outlook can best be summarised thus; that in order to achieve a better future for all, leadership requirements must be de-politicised, and there must be an active fostering of public-private partnership and cooperation between international organisations, business communities, NGOs and citizens.