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BPF Focus on Government & Politics Panel Discussion & Networking


BPF Focus on Government & Politics Panel Discussion & Networking

Please join us for the BPF Focus on Government and Politics Panel Discussion and Networking Event on the 20th of February 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Attlee Room, Portcullis House, 1 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2JR.

The aim of this event is assist, guide and inspire those who wish to pursue a successful career within this field, as well as, to provide a networking opportunity for professionals and others from a wide range of industry sectors.

Our inspirational panellists include:

Baroness Sheehan (Liberal Democrats): Baroness Sheehan was nominated for a Peerage following the 2015 General Election.She is currently the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for International Development and a member of the Lords EU sub-Committee on Energy and Environment. Formerly she was the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Immigration, from Oct 2015 to Oct 2016.She was elected as a local councillor for Kew ward on Richmond Borough Council in May 2016, where she served as Assistant Cabinet Member for Energy and Climate Change and on a number of committees, including Planning and Health.Baroness Sheehan’s academic background is in Chemistry (BSc, UCL) and Environmental Technology (MSc, Imperial College). Outside of politics, She is a mother of three and lives in South West London.

Rehman Chishti MP (Conservatives): Rehman grew up in Gillingham where he attended Richmond Infant School, Napier Primary School, Fort Luton High School, Rainham Mark Grammar School and Chatham Grammar School for Girls. After completing a Law degree at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, he was called to the Bar of England and Wales at Lincolns Inn. Rehman represented both Gillingham and Rainham as a Councillor before standing for Parliament. He cares passionately about the community where he grew up. Rehman has completed 12 half-marathons raising money for local good causes and charities. In April 2017 he will be taking part in the London Marathon to fundraise for Cancer Research. Rehman chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pakistan and in September 2016 he setup the APPG for Communities Engagement: to help parliamentarians to be aware of, and respond to, the various issues and challenges facing members of the diverse communities in the UK. Rehman is also Chair of the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council Away from work, Rehman enjoys going to the gym, running, watching the Gills, playing cricket and squash, catching a movie and spending time with friends and family.

Khalid Mahmood MP (Labour): Khalid Mahmood was re-elected MP for Birmingham, Perry Bar in May 2010 with a majority of 11,908. He has been Member of Parliament for Birmingham Perry Barr since the 2001 general election. He is also on the Advisory Council (as a Labour Political Council member) of the Henry Jackson Society. He is a graduate of UCE Birmingham and a former engineer with a trade union background. He was a Birmingham City Councillor from 1990-1993.He also served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Home Office Minister Tony McNulty from 10 November 2005 until 6 September 2006.

Muddassar Ahmed (Managing Partner, Unitas Communications): Muddassar leads Unitas Communications, where he’s lead on projects for the United Nations, the Arab League, US State Department and the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC), amongst others. He also founded, and is the currently the President of, the Concordia Forum, an annual retreat for Senior Western Muslim leaders. In addition, he’s President of the John Adams Society, the UK’s official US State Dept. IVLP Association and he’s a Director/Patron of the European Network of American Alumni, Duke University’s Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and the Faith’s Forum for London. He’s also a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the US Atlantic Council and a NATO YA Fellow. Muddassar also recently completed a term as an Independent Advisor to the UK Government on UK Muslim communities and was also recently listed amongst the 500 most influential Muslims globally by Royal Institute of Strategic Studies and Georgetown University.

Key Note Speaker:

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Faith and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales):Lord Bourne was appointed joint Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office on 27 October 2017. He holds this role jointly with his Parliamentary Under Secretary of State role at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which he started on 8 January 2018.Previously he held this role at the Department for Communities and Local Government, from 17 July 2016 to January 2018.He has been a member of the Lords since September 2013. He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford; University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied law. He previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and as a Lord in Waiting from May 2015 until July 2016.He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Wales Office in May 2015.From 2014 to 2015 he was a Lords Whip (2014 to 2015) responsible for the Wales Office, the Department for International Development, the Department for Work and Pensions and the broadcasting elements of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport portfolio. Lord Bourne was Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales from 1999 to 2011 and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly for Wales between 2007 and 2011. He was also a member of the Silk Commission. Between 1996 and 1998 Lord Bourne was Professor of Law at Swansea Law School. Lord Bourne has taught law at Hong Kong University, the London School of Economics and at Cambridge University.


Saba Shaukat (Managing Director & Founder, Sentient Design Lab): Saba Shaukat is Managing Director and Founder of Sentient Design Lab, a creative digital design and innovation agency helping companies to design new digital products and services. Her specialist areas are in Fintech, working with FTSE 250 companies, challenger banks, launching new digital currencies and sharing economy solutions. In 2017, Saba was named by Innovate Finance on the Women in Fintech Power list. Prior to this, Saba has spent the past two decades in the mobile telecoms and technology industries working at Board level with BT, Vodafone, BBC and Deloitte Consulting in Global Marketing, Brand Extension and joint ventures and partnering across the EMEA and emerging economies Saba has extensive experience in leading global teams to create new commercial ventures and take to market new data and digital products and services. Saba obtained an MBA from London Business School. She is advisor and associate at Ashridge Executive Management and Silicon Valley based Hult International Business School, working with Boards and Government on innovation and disruptive technology. She is a commentator on technology for the BBC. Saba was on the regional Board of one the Prince’s Trust young people on entrepreneurship and business skills. In 2012, she mentored her team to victory in the Princes Trust, nationwide Enterprise Challenge competition. She is also Executive Director and Trustee of the Association of MBAs, a global membership organisation incorporating the top 250 Business Schools and over 30,000 MBAs across the world.

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