Sham is an Associate Senior Lecturer in Law and Leadership at SOAS, University of London. After reading Law LLB (obtaining a first class) he completed his Ph.D (Law) which examined how British Muslims as cultural surgeons are dealing with the accidents and diseases of multiculturalism. He specialises in 'race', culture, religion, and the law, Islamic law, immigration law, capacity building, leadership and management, and Equity and Trusts Law with special reference to practices offshore. From 2010-2013 he received funding from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to support community leadership and as a part of this he developed the first postgraduate degree in the UK that focuses on Law and Community Leadership. In 2013 he received an 18 month grant from the European Commission to explore and address issues connected to radicalisation through community leadership in East London. In recognition of his work in 2014 he received an ‘outstanding scholar award’ by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. In 2015 he was made a Winfield Fellow by the U.S. Embassy. He has trained civil servants in England, Nigeria and Somalia and regularly provides briefings for Ambassadors to the Indian Subcontinent and Afghanistan. Sham is also an experienced expert witness on issues related to Islamic law, with particular reference to South Asia. His academic work is informed by his activism and he is currently the Chief Executive of the Council of Somali Organisations. He also provides advice and strategic leadership through his role as a board member of a number of charities, including The Monitoring Group, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, and Islington Refugee Forum.