Yasir Mirza and Prof. Tarek Virani from the UK join our Advisory. Welcome on-board!

From the onset of the project establishing an Advisory Board was one of our critical objectives. We were convinced that an international and interdisciplinary team of senior experts will play a critical role in the project’s successful implementation, fieldwork & dissemination of findings.

However, it wasn’t’ until after our field trip to London that we were able to complete the composition of our board. We are thus very happy to announce that Tarek Virani (University of West England, Bristol) and Yasir Mirza (Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Financial Times), have both agreed to join the project’s Advisory Board. They will advice and assist our team on the next stages of our fieldwork in the UK and we are very much looking forward to this collaboration! 

Yasir joined the Financial Times in June 2021 as Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion. Prior to the FT, he worked at BBC Studios where he developed their diversity and inclusion strategy and launched their inclusion advocates network. Before that, Yasir was responsible for moving Channel 4 from 147th to 35th in Stonewall’s Top 100 Index, and at Guardian News & Media Group conceived and launched the Guardian’s Citizen Reporting Programme working with marginalised people around the world to amplify their voices, helping to find more diverse and unheard stories.

Tarek is Associate Professor of Creative Industries at the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He is co-director of the Creative Economies Lab (CEL) at the Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC). Tarek has been deeply involved in a number of areas within the creative and cultural industries in the UK and internationally. His research interests span a number of areas within the creative and cultural economy including: The impact of Covid-19 on the creative sector, the use of digital technology to enhance creative economic activity, organizational resilience in the sector, cultural policy, knowledge within locally bounded creative ecologies, new workspaces in the creative and cultural economy, the role of micro-community engagement in culture-led regeneration, the link between the creative industries and local development, creative and cultural hubs, social inclusion in the sector, and the changing nature of creative and cultural labour internationally.

Project’s Advisory Board is now complete!

Poland: Margaret Amaka Ohia-Nowak (The Diversity Hub) & Sandra Suber (Axel Springer)

Sweden: Sayaka Osanami Törngren (Malmö University) & Christian Christensen (Stockholm University)

UK: Tarek Virani (University of West England, Bristol) & Yasir Mirza (Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Financial Times),

International experts: Karen Donders (VRT, Belgium) & Julie Posetti (the International Center for Journalists, USA).