Munira is responsible for advising the Mayor on his strategy for Arts and Culture in the Capital.
Munira's work has a key focus on the Cultural Olympiad and 2012, arts and music education for young people, supporting London’s cultural sector through the recession, raising the profile of outer borough organisations, and ensuring greater access to culture for Londoners of all backgrounds.
Munira has a background in policy research, and has written and lectured on issues related to cultural policy, race and identity. She has worked for a range of cultural and charitable organisations including the Royal Society of Arts, the independent think tank Policy Exchange and Tate. In 2009 she completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent, examining developments in UK cultural policy and multiculturalism. Her book, 'The Politics of Culture: The Case for Universalism' will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in November 2011.
Munira edited the book ‘Culture Vultures: Is UK arts policy damaging the arts?’ (2006) and was the co-author of the report ‘Living Apart Together: British Muslims and the Paradox of Multiculturalism’ (2007). She is a member of Arts Council England, London Regional Council, the Cultural Olympiad Board, and the Council of the Royal College of Music.