Personal Summary

  • Elected Member of Parliament in May 2010.
  • member of the BIS Select Committee.
  • Co-author of Masters of Nothing: How the crash will happen again unless we understand human nature
  • Co-founder and previous CEO of YouGov, the UK's premier political polling company.
  • Ernst & Young, Entrepreneur of the year, 2008.
  • Married to Lana with two sons and one daughter.

About Nadhim

An award winning businessman Nadhim was elected the Member of Parliament for Stratford on Avon in May 2010. Since becoming an MP Nadhim has been elected onto the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee and has sat on the Energy Bill Committee. He proposed the St. Georges day Bill in December 2010 and has published the bestseller Masters of Nothing: The Crash and how it will happen again unless we understand human nature.

Early Life

Nadhim was born June 2nd 1967 to Kurdish parents in Iraq. During Saddam Hussein’s rise to power and his persecution of the Kurdish people his parents fled Iraq to the UK for safety, he later grew up in Crowborough in East Sussex.


Nadhim was educated at King’s College School in West London followed by University College London where he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.

Parliamentary Achievements

Member of the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee
The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the administration, expenditure and policy of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and its associated public bodies, including Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

Member of the Energy Bill Committee
The Energy Bill has been designed to provide for a step change in the provision of energy efficiency measures to homes and businesses, and make improvements to our framework to enable and secure, low-carbon energy supplies and fair competition in the energy markets.

Member of the Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions
The Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions considers:
1)How the statutory and common law on privacy and the use of anonymity injunctions and super-injunctions has operated in practice;
2)How best to strike the balance between privacy and freedom of expression;
3)Issues relating to the enforcement of anonymity injunctions and super-injunctions, including the internet, cross-border jurisdiction within the United Kingdom, parliamentary privilege and the rule of law;
4)Issues relating to media regulation in this context, including the role of the Press Complaints Commission and the Office of Communications (OFCOM).

Introduced a bill to make St George’s Day a Bank Holiday
Proposed a Bill that would amend the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 to provide that St. George’s day or the closest working day become a bank holiday.


Masters of Nothing (co-authored with Matthew Hancock MP)
Masters of Nothing examines the financial crash of 2007 through the lens of the human behaviour that got us there. From the herd instinct of the boom years through the tipping point of 2007 and 2008 and the rewards for failure received by those at the top, this entertaining and highly readable book combines stories of gritty reality with concrete proposals for what must change.

Poles Apart (co-authored with Conservative MPs Steve Baker, Anne Main and Julian Smith
Conservative MPs Nadhim Zahawi, Steve Baker, Anne Main and Julian Smith have today published Poles Apart – ‘how to get rid of a million useless road signs’, a pamphlet drawing attention to the visual blight and waste of public money caused by pointless and unnecessary road signs.

Poles Apart builds on the prior work of the Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan MP and describes the problems of unnecessary and useless signs before promoting a series of new rules to curb them and a Big Society empowerment to help local residents tackle the issue in their own areas.

Prior to Parliament

Co-founder and CEO of YouGov plc 2000 - Feb 2010
YouGov is now one of the world’s leaders in political and business information gathering and its analysis. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, the company employs over 400 people in three continents.

Ernst & Young, Entrepreneur of the year, 2008.

Previously European Marketing Director, Smith & Brooks Ltd.
The leading supplier of licensed children’s merchandise for Mattel’s Barbie, Disney and BBC Children’s properties.