Coventry, a Global City

Coventry, a Global City

The British Foreign Policy Group is proud to partner with Coventry University and West Midlands Economic Forum to host the event Coventry, a Global City. The aim of the event is to assess the scope of challenges that the city of Coventry and the West Midlands may face post Brexit.

Coventry has a globally established reputation as a convener of dialogues on peace and reconciliation. Post-Brexit, utilising the soft-power assets such as those possessed by Coventry will be crucial in sustaining regional well-being. How can the West Midlands capitalise on this proven track record to articulate the region’s aspirations, in trade, culture and ideas, to the rest of the world?


11.00am-12.00: Panel 1 – Coventry, a Global City – Business Perspective

Pam Waddell, Director, Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands

Mr Shri S.M. Chakraborty, Head of Chancery, Consulate General of India, Birmingham

Professor Jonothan Neelands, Professor of Creative Education at Warwick Business School

A representative from the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

Tom Cargill, Executive Director, The British Foreign Policy Group


12.00 -1.00pm: Panel 2 – Coventry, a Global City – Soft Power Perspective

Kathy Leach, Joint Head, Policy Unit, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive, Coventry City of Culture Trust

Mike Hardy, Executive Director, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations Coventry University

Matt Qvortrup, Chair of Political Science Coventry University

Beverley Neilsen, Executive Director Institute of Design and Economic Acceleration (IDEA), Birmingham City University

Amaara Siddiqi, BFPG Student Ambassador, University of Leicester


1.00-2.00pm: Networking Lunch

If you would like more information and would like to attend please contact Nadia Khan

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Nadia Khan

Nadia is a Researcher at the British Foreign Policy Group. Nadia is a graduate in International Relations from Queen Mary University of London. Prior to joining BFPG Nadia worked in Vienna and Kosovo on Human Rights issues around post-conflict state resolutions. She has a keen interest in British foreign policy, in particular the role played by international Space programmes in fostering cooperation between states to achieve the UN sustainable development goals. Nadia is fluent in Hindi, Urdu, and Gujarati.