30 Jan 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 February. This 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