Dr Ahmed Hankir works as an Academic Clinical Fellow in General Adult Psychiatry at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in the UK.
He holds academic posts as Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health Research in association with Cambridge University and Academic Clinical Fellow in General Adult Psychiatry at King's College London. In recognition of his research and scholarly outputs and his services to public engagement and education (he has lectured to over 75,000 people in 19 countries on five continents worldwide) Dr Hankir was was appointed Visiting Professor of Academic Psychiatry at the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies in Cape Canaveral, USA.
Born in Belfast and raised in Dublin and England, he moved to Lebanon where he spent his formative years. When the country was ravaged by civil war, he was forced to leave his family behind at 17 years of age and returned to the UK where he started off as a janitor. He went on to graduate from Manchester University Medical School.