Rehana Ameer is the first Indian born woman elected as a Councillor in the City of London Corporation’s 950 years of history. She is the Councillor of Vintry Ward. She is also the first woman politician in the UK of Tamil Nadu origin. Rehana is an active member of the Labour party and a successful campaigner. She is the Founder and Director of an IT and Management Consulting firm in in Westminster, London. She possesses over 20 years of experience in IT and Management Consulting where she has led, managed and successfully delivered large multimillion pounds IT and business transformation projects for multinational companies worldwide. She also runs a food store in West London.
She is elected to the Board of Governors of East London NHS Foundation Trust, City of London School for Girls and Bridewell Royal Hospital. She is in the advisory council of UK Asian Business Council, UK Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and UK Women’s Network where she mentors Businesses, Entrepreneurs and Professionals. Rehana is currently working with her team on a Social Housing Project, which will help resolve the Social Housing and Homelessness crisis in England. The scheme is one of its kind using disruptive innovation, which could potentially house 1.1 million people on the Local Authority housing waiting list in England. She is also a Trustee at Asian Women’s Resource Centre a charity which supports over 3000 women every year who are affected by domestic violence and abuse. As a Labour business woman she campaigns on promoting Labour as a business friendly party and her interest also includes in promoting the City in overseas markets. Rehana holds an MBA in International Business and several global IT and Management certifications.
Martin Howe is a founding member of Howe + Co and its senior partner. Martin has over 30 years’ experience working as a solicitor and specialising in social justice cases. Martin is an elected member of the Council of Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties) and in 2012 was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Liberty as an Executive Member. He is a recipient of the Ross McWhirter Award for his campaigning work and twice has been a runner up for the Human Rights Practitioner of the Year Award. Furthermore, as a member of the Gurkha Justice Campaign, Martin won the prestigious Human Rights Award from Justice and Liberty in 2009.
Duncan Enright is the Managing Director and owner of Evidence-based Networks Ltd, a small publisher based in Oxfordshire. His career in publishing spans 30 years including senior positions at Reed Elsevier and five years as head of the British National Formulary.
Stephen Alambritis was born in Cyprus and left there for London in the 1960’s with his parents and three sisters. In May 2010 Stephen was elected as Leader of the Council at the London Borough of Merton and re-elected again to that position in May 2014 for another four year term. Stephen is also a Board Director of the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) and Chairman of the South London Partnership – a grouping of South London boroughs. Stephen is also an entrepreneur as he also runs his own successful small business in the property sector.
Mike Joslin is a leading expert in digital communication and campaigning. His work is regularly featured in the media and his advice is regularly sort by shadow cabinet members and trade union General Secretaries. After working for US President Barack Obama, the Labour Party as an election organiser, former Labour Leader Ed Miliband and former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, he founded a leading global campaigns firm that had over 50 MPs in many different countries, 30 political parties, 20 trade unions and several national charities and businesses among its clients. He now has interests in a number of areas including digital media and consultancy.
Sonny Leong CBE
Sonny Leong CBE is currently Executive Chairman of Academy for Parliamentary & Policy Studies, and Trustee of Future First, a social enterprise company, whose vision is that every state secondary school and college should be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community that helps each one to do more for its students.
He has over 35 years of publishing experience, having worked in various academic and professional publishing houses. He founded Cavendish Publishing and developed it to be the largest independent academic law publisher in the UK before it was acquired by Informa PLC. He was the Hon President of the Independent Publishers Guild, and a trustee of The Book Charity.
He is Chair of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth, a parliamentary-based NGO, founded nearly 50 years ago, at the time of the first Commonwealth Education Ministers’Conference.
He is Council member, and chairs the publishing division of the Singapore-BritishBusiness Council (SBBC), a joint governmental programme for promoting bilateral trade between the two countries.
Sonny was a former School Governor, current Chair of Chinese for Labour and Treasurer of BAME Labour.
He was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2014.
Ibrahim Dogus is an active Labour party member and the founder and director of the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS.ORG), a non-party political forum and think tank focusing on Turkey; and Founder of the British Kebab Awards (www.britishkebabawards.co.uk) and the Centre for Kurdish Progress (www.kurdishprogress.org).
Ibrahim has been working as a community leader in the UK for many years supporting communities originating from Turkey and neighbouring countries. Prior to this, Ibrahim was director of several community-led projects in London and across the UK working for London’s vibrant and diverse community life. Ibrahim has supported the local councils in their efforts to encourage active social participation and citizenship amongst Turkish, Turkish-Cypriot and Kurdish communities. Ibrahim runs also several successful small businesses in London. He has contributed to discussions regarding Turkey, and minorities from Turkey in various British and Turkish media outlets. His work was covered in the BBC, Al Jazeera, ITV, Channel 4, The Guardian, Evening Standard and Radikal and Hurriyet newspapers. Ibrahim used to be a member of London’s Equalities Commission. He holds the MA degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS and BA in Politics from University of Greenwich.