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30 September 2019 / press release

Raz Ahmad wins Loyens & Loeff Law & Tax Award

During the presentation of the ECHO Awards the Loyens & Loeff Law & Tax Award was won by Leiden Business Law student Raz Ahmad. Students who qualify for an ECHO Award are successful students with a non-Western background who distinguish themselves as a result of their outstanding academic achievements, mediation qualities or active social involvement.

Sharp analysis

Besides studying Business Law in Leiden, Raz is an ambassador at the Netherlands Asia Honours Summer School (NAHSS) and secretary at the Foundation Leiden Honours Community. Furthermore she is an ambassador at Mr. Studenten, writing articles for law students on legal developments and focussing on the labour market.

Raz impressed the jury with her sharp analysis of the challenges related to diversity and inclusivity that exist in the legal sector and the concrete ideas she sees as solutions. 'In a very natural manner, she links personal experience to professional ambitions and identity. Raz is not afraid of letting her authentic voice be heard, but in doing so she is constantly conscious of creating room for the voices of others. As a result Raz is the winner of the Loyens & Loeff Law & Tax Award.'

ECHO Award

Every year, Diversity Policy Expertise Center ECHO presents the ECHO Awards. The ECHO Award’s aim is to generate positive attention for individual successes of multicultural students. The winners, who were announced by Secretary General Marjan Hammersma, received a fully catered summer course at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles.