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A panel discussion on A Bangladeshi Obama in the UK?


Benjamin Zeitlyn. He lived in Bangladesh as a child and has a degree in geography and development studies, and a master's degree in migration studies from the University of Sussex. During his master's degree he researched the Bangladeshi community in Madrid. He has also worked in Bangladesh at the Refugee and Migratory Research Unit, attached to the University of Dhaka. There he was able to research migration to Spain and Italy from the Bangladeshi perspective.

Ruhana Ali. She has been working as a community organiser for The East London Communities' Organisation (TELCO) on social justice campaigns including safer streets and the London Living Wage. She has trained with the Citizen Organising Foundation in the UK; a sister organisation of the Industrial Areas Foundation in America where Obama trained and worked. She graduated from the London School of Economics and strongly feels that young people should take an active role and engage in civic life. She has also worked as a teacher, journalist and television presenter.

Asif Saleh. He recently retired from his post as Vice President at Goldman Sachs in London to be the full-time Executive director of Drishtipat, a Bangladesh human rights organization he founded in 2001. Drishtipat is an active force in the Bangladesh diaspora, with branches in eight cities on four continents, and numerous programs and fundraising initiatives that focus on human rights and humanitarian relief. Drishtipat's blog has been named one of the most influential in Bangladesh by The Daily Star, and its Writers' Collective are frequent contributors to print media.

The Brick Lane Circle organises a unique annual seminar series on Bangladesh and Bangladeshis abroad. Presenters come from a range of backgrounds and from a multitude of perspectives. The series culminates in a conference focusing on an aspect of Bangladeshi history, politics or social paradigm that has a lasting effect on that country.

Seminars on Bangladesh and Bangladeshis Abroad (2009)

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Every Thursday, 7-9pm, 22 January - 9 April 2009

Lab 5, Idea Store Whitechapel
321 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU


Mr. Benjamin Zeitlyn | talks | www
Miss. Ruhana Ali | talks
Mr. Asif Saleh | talks


Date and Time:

26 February 2009 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



Lab 5, Whitechapel Idea Store, Brick Lane Circle
321 Whitechapel Rd
E1 1BU
07903 671787
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