Alex Kumar

Associate in Social & Environmental Justice

Portrait by Nick Watton

Alexander Fraser Kumar is a musician based in the UK.

Kumar grew up in the county of Devon, England. He worked as a folk & blues musician from the age of 17, before going to the University of Oxford to read History & Politics at 20.

While at Oxford, Kumar was a Student Union official and served on the committees of a number of student societies. With Adam John Ellison, he co-chaired the international human rights group Oxford Students for Self-Determination. He publicly rejected a nomination for the Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Award. His thesis was a study of the Fabian Colonial Bureau.

From 2017 to 2018, Kumar was chairman of the homelessness campaign On Your Doorstep, and he has appeared on panels and given talks on homelessness in Britain, as well as appearing frequently as a commentator on related issues in the national press. He has been behind campaigns to change local government emergency shelter policies and to reform the laws around rough sleeping in England & Wales. Following this, after an anti-Semitic attack in his East Oxford neighbourhood, Kumar served as President of the Board of the Oxford Chabad Synagogue.

Kumar is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Associate of the Linnean Society of London, and a member of Liberty and the Academy for Social Justice. He is a governor of the Topsham School, and sits on the Devon Windrush Committee and the Advisory Board of Human Circles. Kumar is a Liaison Officer for the South Asia & Middle East Forum and a researcher/writer for UNHCR.

Kumar has written for The Guardian and the Royal Society of Arts. He has been an occasional guest on BBC Radio.

He is currently studying to be a barrister as an Inner Temple Scholar.