Celebrate the A100, the most impactful Asian Pacific Leaders.

Riz Ahmed


Riz Ahmed is an actor, rapper, and activist. He is the first man of Asian descent and first Muslim to win an Emmy for acting (for his role in The Night Of), and has been nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and three British Independent Film Awards. He has a long history in independent film through The Road to Guantanamo (2006), Shifty (2008), Four Lions (2010), Trishna (2011), Ill Manors (2012), and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013), before his break-out role in Nightcrawler (2014). In 2016, he starred in Una, Jason Bourne, and as Bodhi Rook in the first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One. Ahmed, also known as Riz MC (a member of the Swet Shop Boys), has earned critical acclaim with his hip-hop albums Microscope and Cashmere, and commercial success featuring in the Billboard 200 chart topping Hamilton Mixtape, with his song “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” winning an MTV Video Music Award. As an activist, he is known for his political rap music, has been involved in raising awareness and funds for Rohingya and Syrian refugee children, and has advocated representation at the House of Commons. In 2017, he was included on the front cover of the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.