Entreprenuer, Inspirational Speaker, Grenfell Survivor & Founding chairman of Grenfell United
Shahin Sadafi is an engaging and compelling inspirational speaker and business specialist who has overcome not one but two major tragedies to become an influential and inspiring leader, continuously finding hope and proving that with resilience and a never giveup attitude you can triumph through the most difficult of times.
Born in Iran in 1984, Shahin earliest memories were of a country ravaged by war and with his Mum and Uncle, he was forced to flee from his home city for fear of his life. Upon returning to his home he discovered it had been hit by bomb and all of his posessions were destroyed.
Shahin moved with his family to West London in 1994 and in 1997 moved to Grenfell Tower in the borough of Kensington and chelsea. By 2017 Shahin has established himself as a successful businessman, consultant and trainer working with some of the UK’s leading PLCS and organisations. it was here he discovered he had a natural gift for speaking and leading others.
He was working away from home on the 14thJune 2017 when he received a call in the middle of the night to say that Grenfell Tower was on fire and he raced home as soon as possible to find his family and help others. The end was devastating. 71 people died and 70 people were injuried and most of the building was destroyed.
Shahin and everyones lives were changed forever. But in this moment of extreme tragedy a community came together and working with residents and the wider community Shahin established Grenfell United – an association with the ultimate mission to unite the bereaved families and survivors with a strong and dignified voice, as well as assisting with their immediate and long term needs which included campaigning for justice, access to housing and charitable funds, trauma support and taking part in major fundraising projects.
Among other awards and recognitions, Shahin has received a Pride of Britain Award in 2017 for his work with the Grenfell community and together with QPR Trust were awarded Community project of the year 2017 at the London Football Awards for taking part in Game 4Grenfell.
Shahin is a powerful speaker who through strong leadership and resilence, has been able to use his incredible experience to inspire and motivate people through his leadership, speeches and Workshops. Giving the audience an authentic and practical look into how we can overcome adversity and overcome crises.
Prior to Grenfell Shahin lead a successful career in sales training and sales excellence working for companies such as Philip Morris, AAH Pharmaceuticals and finally Wolseley. Due to his volunteering in setting up Grenfell United Shahin was unable to continue with his chosen career, making a brave decision to dedicate his work to impacting lives, his mission is to be a champion for change, to impact millions of lives and to do his very best for himself and others.
Shahin uses his vast and unique experience to shed light on what drives people to success and helps individuals and businesses identify their true goals and purpose. Shahin talks about resilience, self motivation, and the skills and knowledge we all can use to manage stress, positively tackle challenges and overcome tragedy.
Shahin also speaks on the power of community and how working together as one voice you can achieve anything you set your mind too. An interesting and informative take on collaboration on many levels.
Shahin is also the founder of RAAW Talks – aimed at schools and students RAAW talks is a unique platform providing workshops, talks and events, aimed at inspiring and empowering young individuals. Raawtalks mission is to champion young individuals and focus on working with children affected by disadvantage or adversity to engage better with society and learn key practical skills that will encourage them to reach their full potential, and become the true pioneers of a better future.
“Motivation is a key element in our daily lives; what drives us, influences us, and keeps us going. We must not forget motivation is temporary; but, Inspiration is long lasting” –Shahin Sadafi
“A massive thank you form all of us. Your sessions were incredibly impactful. Much feedback from staff and students saying how moved they were by you to enact change in their own lives going forward. They pretty unanimous yours was the most powerful session”
— Monstsaye Academy
“Shahin's talk was so impressive and beneficial. I am sure Shahin will go on to achieve many great things as an inspirational leader”
— Alex Carroll, QPR academy Director