Durdana Ansari OBE has become the first Muslim and Pakistani in the world to be promoted to the rank of a Captain of the British Royal Navy, as approved by the Queen of England. Pakistani-born Durdana Ansari is the first woman in the Muslim world to be appointed as captain in the Royal Navy by the Queen. It should be noted that Captain is a very senior position in the Royal Navy, above the rank of Commander and below that of Commodore.
The Captain of the Royal Navy holds the rank of Colonel of the British Army and Group Captain of the Royal Air Force. Durdana Ansari came to UK from Pakistan at the age of sixteen and started taking part in various charitable activities along with her education. Durdana Ansari is an entrepreneur and social activist working for women’s rights and women empowerment. In 2012, she was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the UK for creating programs for the advancement of Muslim women.