Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad was born in Kuala Lumpur in 1982. His father is a retired civil servant while his mother is a housewife.
He was educated at SRK La Salle Petaling Jaya before being selected to attend the Malay College Kuala Kangsar. While he was in MCKK, he was in the Bahasa Malaysia debating team that won the Dato Shukor Abdullah Trophy and the Prime Minister’s Trophy in 1999.
Nik Nazmi then attended Kolej Yayasan UEM for his A-Levels. He was also elected as Student Council President.
In 2002, he furthered his studies to King’s College in the University of London where he read law. He was active with various organisations including the King’s College London Malaysia Singapore Society, Kesatuan Penuntut Undang-Undang Malaysia (KPUM), the United Kingdom & Eire Executive Council for Malaysian Students (UKEC), the King’s College London Labour Students and the Federation of Students Islamic Societies United Kingdom and Eire (FOSIS). He was also a facilitator for Projek Kalsom, a project for underprivileged secondary school students in 2004.
He was also elected as a delegate for King’s College to the National Union of Students (NUS) Conference in 2005.
Upon graduation in 2005, Nik Nazmi returned to Malaysia to work as an executive in Permodalan Nasional Berhad. At the same time, he became a member of Parti Keadilan Rakyat Kelana Jaya. he then joined Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s office as his private secretary.
In 2007, Nik Nazmi was appointed to the KEADILAN Youth Exco. He also founded the Mentari Project, a voluntary tuition project for the children of the Desa Mentari low-cost housing estate in the same year. He is now the patron to the project, which thanks to the dedication of the volunteers has made an enormous positive impact in the local community.
In the 2008 General Elections, he was elected as Selangor State Assemblyman for Seri Setia as the youngest candidate in the 12th General Election. He was appointed as the Political Secretary to the Selangor Menteri Besar. In 2010 he was subsequently appointed as KEADILAN’s Communication Director.
He also served as a member of the Selangor State Assembly’s Select Committee on the Freedom of Information Enactment that played a key role in redrafting and passing Malaysia’s first freedom of information enactment.
In the 13th General Election Nik Nazmi succeeded in defending his Seri Setia constituency and was subsequently elected as the Deputy Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly. He was also elected to chair the Select Committee on Local Councils (JK-PBT) and sit as a member of the Special Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (SELCAT), the Select Committee on Poverty Eradication and the House Management Committee. He also played a key role in establishing the Program ADUN Muda that allowed students the experience of being a legislator.
In the 2014 party elections, Nik Nazmi was elected as the KEADILAN Youth Leader. Three years later, he became the first Pakatan Harapan Youth Leader.
Under the administration of the 15th Menteri Besar of Selangor, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, he was appointed as the State Executive Councillor (Exco) for Education, Human Capital Development, Science, Technology and Innovation.
He was also appointed as the Chairman of Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Selangor, first Chairman of the Board of Governors for Universiti Selangor, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for UNISEL, Yayasan Selangor and Institut Darul Ehsan.
In the historic 2018 General Election, Nik Nazmi contested in the one seat that Barisan Nasional has not lost before in Kuala Lumpur – Setiawangsa. The seat has 21,000 advance voters – mostly military and police. Nik Nazmi was able to win with a majority of more than 14,000 votes and became part of the new Pakatan Harapan administration that formed the Federal Government.
Nik Nazmi enjoys writing and has written in various publications including Malay Mail, the Star, Malaysiakini, and Suara Keadilan. He has columns in the Edge (English), Sinar Harian (Malay) and Oriental Daily News (Mandarin). He has written several books in Malay and English.
He is also a football fan: He is a lifelong supporter of the Malaysian national team along with Kelantan and Selangor. He also supports Liverpool in the English Premier League. He used to work as a match steward at Stamford Bridge while he was studying in London.
He is married to Imaan, a medical doctor at a government hospital and is blessed with a son, Nik Ilhan.