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In November 2012, the Hikmah Club’s keynote speakers were Conservative Party MP, Brooks Newmark, Chief Political Columnist for The Daily Telegraph, Peter Oborne, Foreign Affairs Editor of the Daily Telegraph, Con Coughlin and Chair of Pakistan’s Rural Support Programme Network, Shoaib Sultan Khan. The event took place at the Houses of Parliament and was themed on ‘a journey into the northern areas of Pakistan’, focusing on the work of the Rural Support Programmes Network in alleviating rural poverty in Pakistan. The British Pakistan Foundation were official sponsors for this event.
In May 2012, The Hikmah Club’s keynote speaker was Quintan Wiktorowicz, Director of the White House National Security Council and former Rhodes College professor. An expert on why people become terrorists, Wiktorowicz’sdelivered a ground breaking study on the types of people most susceptible to being radicalised where he interviewed hundreds of UK islamists and found those most resistant to radicalisation as in fact being very religious Muslims. He is also an author and has written widely on radicalisation and Islamism. The event was held in the White House, Washington DC.
In March 2012, The Hikmah Club’s keynote speaker was Lord Guy Black, Executive Director of Telegraph Media Group and former Director of the Press Complaints Commission (PCC), Director of Communications for the Conservative Party and Press Secretary to Rt Hon Michael Howard MP, Leader of the Opposition. He is also Chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance, sits on the Advertising Standards Board of Finance (ASBOF) and is Chairman of the Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust. The event was sponsored by the Concordia Forum.
In February 2012, The Hikmah Club’s keynote speaker was James Brokenshire, Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup and Minister for Security at the Home Office that grants him a seat on the National Security Council. Before entering Parliament James was a partner at a large international law firm where he advised a range of companies, businesses and financial institutions. The event was sponsored by Ernst and Young.
In November 2011, The Hikmah Club’s keynote speaker was Imran Khan, leading Pakistani politician, prolific author and world-class cricketer. Imran is also Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf, a leading political party within Pakistan. The event was sponsored by Barclay’s Wealth.
In October 2011, The Hikmah Club’s keynote speaker was Rashad Hussain, President Obama’s Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the second largest inter-governmental organization in the world with over 50 member states. Mr. Hussain has also served as Deputy Associate Counsel to President Obama.
In September 2011, The Hikmah Club’s keynote speaker was Jon Snow, presenter of Channel 4 News, former ITN Washington correspondent, ITN diplomatic editor and winner of several Royal Television Society awards. Guests included the Head of the Syrian opposition TV channel - Barada TV and Director of Syrian pro-democracy organisation - Movement for Justice and Development, the Head of Research for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s North Africa and Arab Partnership Initiative, a senior CNN Producer, the Head of liability-driven investing for BlackRock and the Deputy Cultural Affairs Attache at the US Embassy, London. The event was sponsored by Lloyd’s Register Group.
In July 2011, The Hikmah Club’s keynote speaker was Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, Founder and CEO of Teshkeel Media Group. Dr Al-Mutawa is also the creator of the comic strip, THE 99, in which world acclaimed comic superheroes are born of an Islamic archetype. Forbes has described THE 99 as “One of the Top 20 Trends Sweeping the Globe” and President Obama has publicly commended the initiative. Dr Al-Mutawa was named one of ‘The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World’ by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center and has been awarded The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations “Marketplace of Ideas” Award and The Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award.
In June 2011, The Hikmah Club’s keynote speaker was Shailesh Vara MP, Assistant Government Whip and was previously Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons. Shailesh spoke about the challenges of a coalition Government. Guests included the Chief Advisor to the BBC, Security Director to the African Development Bank, Head of Islamic Legal Services for Russell Jones and Walker LLP, a Senior Partner at Ernst & Young and a Managing Director at Credit Suisse.
In May 2011, The Hikmah Club’s keynote speaker was Roger Cohen, columnist with the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. Roger spoke about recent ‘Arab Spring’ and the its implication for policy makers. Guests included Foreign and Commonwealth Office Director for the MENA region, Director at Barclays Capital, Shadow Minister for Employment and CEO of State Street Bank. This event was sponsored by State Street Bank.
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