Unity beyond Brexit: AGM 2017

More than 50 Chevening alumni and friends attended this year’s Chevening Alumni Alliance annual general meeting at the Institute of Directors in London on the 7th December 2017.

This year’s theme was Unity beyond Brexit and the audience was treated to a keynote speech by the political campaigner Jonathan Lis, deputy director of the think-tank British Influence. Jonathan spoke eloquently about the impact leaving the European Union would have on Brexit, positing worst case and best case scenarios, as well as taking questions from the floor.

His speech followed the launch of the Europe network, an idea which came to fruition through the collaboration of five alumni from Poland, Germany, Bulgaria and Croatia. Explaining the aims of the network, Mirta Kapural, head of the International European Department at the Croatian Competition Agency, said the founding group felt it was crucial to find a way of bringing together all Chevening alumni living and working in Europe in a bid to retain a close working collaboration on the continent, even after Brexit.

The other members of the group were Roumiana Atannassova, CEO, Vision for Science and Technology, Growth Foundation Bulgaria and President of the Bulgarian Chevening Alumni Association; Patrick Barton, Entrepreneur, Chevening Alumni Germany; Grzegorz Nawrocki, Journalist and President UK Alumni, Poland; and Marko Pavic, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare and President of the Croatian Chevening Alumni Association.

The evening was opened by CAA chair Laura Vanessa Munoz, who gave an overview of the CAA’s achievements in 2017 and spoke about how the board of directors was hoping to take its work forward in 2018.

She said: “2017 was a very successful year for our Chevening community. In March we hosted the first global webinar attended by alumni from 30 different countries and delivered by the inspiring Lord Michael Hastings who highlighted the importance of taking action as a community.

“In September we hosted a very successful global forum at Christ’s College Cambridge which led to the launch of an international fund that aims to support the new generation of Chevening entrepreneurs. I am truly excited about 2018, the full potential of our community is yet to be realised.”

The AGM came to a close with remarks by Aba Quartey from the Chevening Secretariat and ended with networking drinks.


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