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Welcome breakfast and Festival Launch
Wed 12 October 2016, 09:00 – 11:00 BST
Join this special global dialogue and welcome breakfast for the 2016 Unusual Suspects festival in Derry, Londonderry.
We are lucky to be joined by Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, CEO of the Cape Town Partnership and a distinguished panel of speakers from Northern Ireland and Scotland to help us launch this year’s Unusual Suspects Festival.
This brilliant panel of speakers will inspire your Wednesday morning through a discussion on how to make cities work for the people that live in them and exploring what social innovation can offer to Northern Ireland. In particular, we will learn about how techniques used to unite people and places in Cape Town can be used in cities across the UK.
- Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana - is one of the key role players in developing Cape Town’s Central City Development Strategy (CCDS) in 2008, which puts forward a shared vision to guide future developments in Cape Town until 2018 and, as CEO of the Cape Town Partnership, she is the key driver of this strategy.
- Rachael Arnold - Chief Executive at the Creative Enterprise Office for Scotland. She's also the Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Social Investment Scotland and Future Leader at Entrepreneurial Scotland. She previously worked at Impact Arts, where she implemented a national roll out in Scotland of creative pathways, which saw mainstream employability support and funds enabling young people to develop skills in arts and creativity as employment options.
- Sharon Polson - is the head of Policy and Innovation within the Department for Communities Voluntary and Community Unit. She is leading on the promotion of an outcomes focussed approach to funding and delivery, the delivery against the Programme For Government commitment of investing in social enterprise growth, and promotion of sustainability in the Third Sector.
- Peter Edgar - is the Programme Manager for Connect. He manages the development and delivery of key innovation and educational programmes including INVENT and Co-Founders Wanted. Connect aim to transform Northern Ireland into one of the most entrepreneurial knowledge economies in Europe by 2030
- Maria Morgan - is the Chief Executive of the Ligoniel Improvement Association, as well as on the Board of directors for the Belfast Interface Project.
So start your Wednesday morning in an unusual way and join us at the Holywell trust for this unique global discussion.
About the Unusual Suspects Festival: After the success of two festivals in London and in Glasgow, we are hosting the Unusual Suspects Festival again this year in Northern Ireland on October 12- 14, 2016. 3 days, 2 cities, 15+ events, 40+ organisations all exploring what happens when social innovation meets collaboration and how together we can meet some of society's most pressing challenges. TheFestival brings together the 'unusual suspects' from across Northern Ireland and the world, people who wouldn't normally cross paths, to explore how we can work together in new and different ways to create real social change. To find out more and to sign up to more events.