Syed was born and brought up in London. He is married with two children. Syed was educated at the Latymer School, Edmonton. He has a degree from Liverpool University, a Masters from the London School of Economics and a PhD from City University, London.
He is a Visiting Fellow at Leeds University Business School where he has lectured MBA students in international business and strategy and supervised doctoral students' research. He has written a number of articles on the international strategies of firms and foreign investment. In 1996, Syed completed a book on EU telecommunications policy.
Before entering the European Parliament, he worked as a consultant to companies on marketing, strategy and public affairs. In 2003, he started a diversity recruitment business. Syed is a co-founder of the Global Business Research Institute (GBRI), an educational body conducting outreach to business executives, journalists and civil servants, promoting a greater understanding of globalisation and its consequences. Syed's interests include telecommunications, transport, postal services, broadcasting, global free trade and foreign investment.
Syed Kamall's Experience
Syed became a Member of the European Parliament in May 2005. He has been a member of the Conservatives since 1987 and has been a member of Vauxhall, Bath, Westminster, West Ham and Barking Conservative Associations. Since November 2007, Syed has been Treasurer of the Conservatives in the European Parliament.
In May 2000, Syed was a Conservative Candidate for the Greater London Assembly. The following year, he was Conservative candidate for West Ham in the June 2001 General Election.
Syed is an associate of the Centre for Social Justice working to identify community based projects at the forefront of tackling poverty for the CSJ alliance. He also sits on board of the Conservative Party's Globalisation & Global Poverty working group.