Anwar has a BA in politics and an MA in politics and philosophy from the University of Sheffield, and worked for a time as a derivatives trader before joining the Institute of Ideas. He works mainly on the programming, organisation, promotion and research for IoI’s summer school, The Academy, as well as the flagship Battle of Ideas festival. He is also the Debating Matters Topic Guide Editor. His interests include continental philosophy, the arts and 19th century literature. He has written for the Independent and Culture Wars.