Murad grew up in Northwest and Central London where he attended his local comprehensive school in Westminster called Quintin Kynaston. He went on to receive his first degree from the University of East Anglia and his MSc in Environmental Economics from University College London.Before becoming an Assembly Member, Murad worked in Housing and Regeneration for 15 years. His biggest achievement during this time was to help establish Housing Associations and Housing Co-ops in the East End in response to chronic housing needs.
Previously, Murad was an Executive Committee member of SERA (1994-2000) campaigning on green issues throughout the 1990s. He is especially keen on promoting the use of renewables as an alternative energy source and on promoting energy efficiency initiatives to deal with fuel poverty.
Murad is a former member of the City of Westminster Council (1998-2006) and entered local politics through his family involvement in order to represent the neighbourhoods he grew up in on issues such as transport and the environment.
Murad is a Board Member of BRAC UK, an International NGO that is part of the BRAC family. The organisation seeks to alleviate poverty and empower the poor in the UK and abroad. It is currently raising funds for relief and rehabilitation work in the cyclone affected areas of Bangladesh.
As an avid sportsman Murad enjoys cricket and football and still continues to play for local pub teams. He has campaigned for more open spaces and playing fields in London and is looking forward to London hosting the Olympics in 2012.
At the Assembly, Murad is Chair of the Environment Committee, Chair of the London Waterways Commission, and a Member of the Standards and Budget Committees. He is also a member of Unison.