Matt is the keynote speaker that will leave your audience truly moved and deep in thought long after your conference ends.
“His gentle and articulate style was so powerful, he received a standing ovation from a group of professionals toughened from their work in the criminal justice system. I am sure there was not a dry eye in the room.
I feel fortunate to have heard Matt share his and Naz’s story. It broke my heart but it has changed me, and I vow to encourage all I meet to stand up against bigotry.”
– Dr Roxanne Khan
“Matt’s talk was genuinely one of the most powerful and moving I have ever heard in my 20 years as a research academic.”
Matt Mahmood-Ogston is the pioneering Founder of the Naz & Matt Foundation, a multi award-winning organisation dedicated to tackling religious homophobia. He set up the Foundation in memory of his fiancé and soulmate, Dr Naz Mahmood, who sadly took his own life two days after his deeply religious parents confronted him about his sexuality.
Matt is now an international keynote speaker on the subjects of unconditional love, acceptance, motivation, faith and religion, goal setting and happiness. He uses their personal experiences to inspire audiences to take action and improve the world around them.
In 2015 he was voted the 6th most influential LGBTI person in the UK by the Independent on Sunday.
Matt and Naz’s personal story inspired a ground-breaking storyline in one of the most watched TV programmes in Britain, Coronation Street. Their story has also been turned into the BBC Folk Award nominated song “Be the Man”, released in the charts by The Young’Uns and performed at Glastonbury.
A totally motivational experience that empowers audience members to do as he has done - spread love, unconditionally.
People were genuinely moved and motivated to take steps to eradicate religious homophobia and encourage acceptance.
Matt's courage was an inspiration to them all, and many spoke of his bravery at speaking to strangers of his love and loss.