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Migrant Leaders founder to speak on inclusion in professional world – EUTOPIA Week

The Founder and CEO of Migrant Leaders — a charity that helps disadvantaged young people from all backgrounds to access and succeed within the professional world — will be speaking to students from across Europe as part of EUTOPIA Week, hosted by the University of Warwick, her alma mater.

Elham Fardad, founder of Migrant Leaders

During a workshop co-organised by Warwick’s EUTOPIA partner the University of Ljubljana, Elham Fardad will speak about inclusion and diversity in corporate spheres, and will share her experiences and advice from over two decades in senior leadership roles across global businesses.

She will discuss how students can discover job opportunities and create connections on the global stage, such as enrolling in virtual internships and taking part in mentoring programmes with experienced professionals.

Elham’s principal message will be how students and graduates can “take advantage of disadvantage”, and find ways to thrive in their future careers, despite challenges that they might face due to factors such as a lack of resources and connections, or discrimination against gender and social or ethnic background.

A proud migrant herself, Elham completed the Executive MBA at Warwick Business School in 2003, and has achieved high-level success in some of the world’s top financial corporations. She established Migrant Leaders in 2017, linking senior professional mentors with diverse, talented young people –enabling the latter to overcome obstacles and achieve their potential.

Elham Fardad, Founder and CEO of Migrant Leaders, commented:

“Generation Z have the advantage and ability to take on opportunities on the global stage in order to overcome any disadvantages they may face on a local level. Determination will be your greatest asset!”

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Notes to editor:

The workshop, ‘EUTOPIA Discusses: Perspectives from Employers - Inclusion and Diversity’ will take place on Wednesday 25 November (14.00-15.30 GMT or 15.00-16.30 CET). More information here.

EUTOPIA Week will take place virtually 23rd – 27th November, uniting six European partner universities of the ERASMUS+ funded EUTOPIA network. The focus of the week will be to present student mobility and research opportunities, and discuss how to make European higher education more inclusive. More information here.

Elham Fardad’s professional career spans 25 years in senior leadership roles in blue chip multinationals including GE, News Corp and Ernst & Young, where she has advised clients on their most challenging operational problems.

Elham advises leadership teams on strategy, operations and talent. She is the Founder and CEO of the charity Migrant Leaders, Co-Founder and CEO of ID Inclusion and is a member of Advisory Boards including WinTrade and on the Global Committee of GTF Athena40.

24 November 2020

For more information, contact:

Luke Walton, International Press Manager

L.Walton.1@warwick.ac.uk

+44 (0) 7823 362 150

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The workshop, ‘EUTOPIA Discusses: Perspectives from Employers - Inclusion and Diversity’ will take place on Wednesday 25 November (14.00-15.30 GMT or 15.00-16.30 CET). More information here.