Focus on Government and Politics Panel Discussion & Networking @ Asian Business Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham [15 March]

Focus on Government and Politics Panel Discussion & Networking

18:30 - 20:30

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Asian Business Chamber of Commerce
75 Harborne Road, B15 3DH Birmingham, United Kingdom
The British Pakistan Foundation, in partnership with the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce, is delighted to invite you to the Focus on Government and Politics Panel Discussion and Professional Networking event on 15th March 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, 75 Harborne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3DH.

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

Our inspirational panellists include:

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 Councilor from 1990-1993.He also served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Home Office Minister Tony McNulty from 10 November 2005 until 6 September 2006.

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.

Ahmereen Reza (Conservative Parliamentary Candidate): Ahmereen is a Non- Executive Director at the Southern Housing Group. In June 2017 Ahmereen was invited to be the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Hodge Hill- Birmingham, where she increased the Conservative votes by 12%. And is a Director at the Conservative Friends of Pakistan. In October 2015 Ahmereen was awarded the British Communities Honours Award. In September 2014, Ahmereen received the Eurasian Award recognising her work with women & multi ethnic minority communities in the UK. In April 2013, she was recognised under the Social and Humanitarian banner as 'Women of the Future' at the Asian Women of Achievements Awards. Ahmereen Reza is the Co-Founder of Developments in Literacy UK a charity that educates girls in Pakistan and provides courses for British Multi-ethnic minority mothers of under-performing students in the UK. Ahmereen has given priority to mentoring young first offenders to provide pathways and opportunities toward a life without crime. She has served on the founding committee and later as a Director of the British Pakistan Foundation, was the country director of Aman Foundation UK until March 2017 and served on the cross parliamentary steering committee of ‘Women Building Britain’. Ahmereen received her Masters from Massachusetts Institute of Technology -MIT with a focus on Low Cost Housing & Community Based Sustainable Development at the grass roots. Early in her career, as an architect, she was involved with NGOs and professional firms that, through advocacy and planning, provided technical support to strengthen the capacity of local communities. Much of her work has focused on evolving effective community based self-help and gender equality programmes, promoting community advocacy, pushing for legislative reforms where necessary, and identifying sustainable public-private partnerships. Her fined tuned interpersonal skills, goal oriented and methodical process in delivering programs is based on her over 25 years’ experience as an architect and development planner, in a male dominated sector in cities like NY, Boston, Tokyo, Karachi and London


Saqib Bhatti (President, Asian Business Chamber of Commerce): Saqib Bhatti is President of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce and by profession, a chartered accountant based in Birmingham. He is a Director at Younis Bhatti & Co Limited Chartered Accountants and an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is currently a director of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP with responsibilities for promoting diversity and business support. The GBS LEP is one of the most senior strategic boards in the region tasked by the government to promote economic growth across the Greater Solihull and Birmingham Area.

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