Syed Zafar Islam
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
4 September 2020 – 4 July 2022
Preceded byAmar Singh
Succeeded bySangeeta Yadav
ConstituencyUttar Pradesh
National Spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office
Personal details
BornHazaribagh, Jharkhand, India [1]
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
SpouseShiba Kamal
Residence(s)Mumbai, New Delhi
Alma materDelhi University (PhD),
IIM Ahmedabad (MBA),
Aligarh Muslim University,
Ranchi University[2]
OccupationInvestment Banker, politician

Syed Zafar Islam is an Indian Politician and Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha from the state of Uttar Pradesh.[3] He is currently one of the national spokespersons of the Bharatiya Janata Party.[4] Islam is a former investment banker and the former Managing director of the Indian subsidiary of Deutsche Bank.[5] He is regarded as one of the prominent Muslim leaders of the party.[6]

He also served as a non-official independent director for Air India from 2017 to 2020.

Political career

Entry into politics

Syed Zafar Islam was influenced by Narendra Modi's politics and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 5 April 2014 after resigning as director of Deutsche Bank, India .[7] He was made the National Spokesperson of the party. In 2017, he was appointed as a non-official independent director of Air India by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.[8] A close friend of Jyotiraditya Scindia, Zafar is believed to have help Scindia shift to the BJP from the congress in 2020 and topple the elected Madhya Pradesh Congress government of Kamal Nath.[9] He also writes opinion pieces on politics and economic affairs in several national newspapers.

Member of Parliament

In the 2020 by-polls, he was elected unopposed to the vacant Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "[1]".
  2. ^ "Shri Syed Zafar Islam| National Portal of India".
  3. ^ "BJP's Syed Zafar Alam elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh". Indian Express.
  4. ^ "BJP Spokesperson Syed Zafar Islam Party's Rajya Sabha Poll Candidate from UP". News18.
  5. ^ "SYED ZAFAR ISLAM Profile". Indian Express.
  6. ^ "Zafar Islam, who helped bring Scindia to BJP, given RS ticket".
  7. ^ न्यूज़, एबीपी (27 August 2020). "जानिए कौन हैं सैयद जफर इस्लाम, जिन्हें यूपी से BJP ने दिया राज्यसभा का टिकट". (in Hindi). Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  8. ^ "BJP leader Syed Zafar Islam appointed non-official director of Air India".
  9. ^ "Syed Zafar Islam is BJP nominee for RS from Uttar Pradesh". The Hindu. 26 August 2020. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  10. ^ "BJP's Syed Zafar Alam elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh". Indian Express.