Sajid Rizvi is founder of Saffron Books, the imprint’s commissioning editor and editor of several current book series, founding editor of journals, magazines and periodicals, online and/or in print, several of those academically refereed. As an author and commentator, he writes on art and current issues in society for Eastern Art Report, Art Criticism Today, East Asia Journal, East Asian Europe, European Crossroads, The Middle East in Europe/meenet.info and other international media. A Pulitzer prize (journalism) nominee, he holds two additional United States awards for “outstanding” journalism and previously was diplomatic editor of Compass, Luxembourg; managing editor of South; an international independent observer to parliamentary general elections in Egypt and activist and campaigner for universal rights-related activities and developments in United Nations Geneva and elsewhere.
As a frequent participant in the UN Human Rights Council and other humanitarian fora and think tanks, his overall remit as a writer and commentator includes monitoring and scrutiny of international non-government organisations that are involved with campaigns and public fund-raising for universal rights, governance and human development. This work includes particular focus on identifying governance shortfalls and transparency deficits.
His voluntary sector work includes honorary directorship of two educational community initiatives active in the UK and abroad, AfricaEurope and Work&Shine, involvement with charitable, cultural and educational organisations committed to career advancement and empowerment among disadvantaged youth and the elderly.
As part of an occasional art practice his work in various media features in gallery exhibitions in Britain and abroad.