Leicester Global Links

Leicester Global Links

The British Foreign Policy Group is proud to partner with the Midlands Economic Forum and the  University of Leicester to host the Leicester Global Links event on 13th FebruaryThis event will connect local and national perspectives on Leicester’s international economic capacity, thriving Arts and Space sector, to assess how Leicester and the East Midlands can utilise its soft power and economic capabilities post Brexit.

The Leicester Global Links discussion will:

  • Assess the how Leicester can leverage its multicultural society to promote better trade links across the world.
  • Reveal how partnerships between the University of Leicester and the public and private sectors could help to boost the city’s international profile.
  • Examine how Leicester can maximise its soft power capabilities, to boost the UK’s profile across the world.
  • Highlight why Leicester’s reputation in the international Space sector can generate better international opportunities for the East Midlands post Brexit.

Order of events:

11.00 am-12.00 pm: Panel 1 – Economic Perspectives and International Opportunities

Chair: Paul Forrest, Director and Head of Research, Midlands Economic Forum

Professor Martin Barstow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Science Projects. Director, Leicester Institute of Space and Earth Observation

Michael Weedon, Chair of Retail and High Street Unit East Midlands Policy Representative for the Federation of Small Businesses

Dr Giulia Sirigu, North West Branch Manager, The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK

12.00 -1.00pm: Panel 2 – Soft Power Perspectives 

Chair: Dr Marianna Charountaki, Lecturer in Kurdish Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester

Paul Brummell CMG, Head of Soft Power and External Affairs Department, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Keith Hebden, Community Organiser, Citizens UK Leicester

May Sawalha, BFPG Student Ambassador, University of Leicester

Dr Emma Parker, Associate professor in Post-War and Contemporary Literature

1.00-1.30pm: Networking Lunch

For tickets click here more information about this event, email Nadia Khan, nadia.khan@bfpg.org.uk

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the views of the BFPG. The BFPG is an independent not for profit organisation that encourages constructive, informed and considered opinions without taking an institutional position on any issue.
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.