12th March 2019 - Faith to Faithless
Imtiaz Shams has been using his experience founding hard-tech start-ups companies to help apostates who leave conservative religions.
In 2012, he began creating ‘underground railroad’ networks for ex-Muslims around the world. In 2015, he founded Faith to Faithless, an organisation working to reduce the stigma faced by ‘apostates’ of all religions. It has been featured on the BBC and in a Vice documentary, the Guardian, and the Times, and has helped thousands find a place for themselves in a world that often dehumanises the non-religious. Faith to Faithless later became a part of Humanists UK. Imtiaz currently serves as Faith to Faithless's Chair and a trustee of Humanist UK.
Imtiaz believes strongly in the fight to bring happiness to apostates who face discrimination from their families, community, and state. He has a management degree from the London School of Economics and works as a consultant for high-tech solutions to problems including GDPR, agri-tech and animal welfare. He tweets at @imtishams.