The Value of Diaspora

The Value of Diaspora

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A Scottish Business Network event in partnership with:

  • Global Welsh
  • KEA New Zealand
  • NI Connections
  • London Irish Business Community
  • Global Scot
  • The Ireland Funds
  • Irish International Business Network


"In today’s world, over 250 million people live outside their country of birth. The Internet facilitates engaging with Diasporas who, now more than ever, are keen to be connected to their home nation.

Governments and organisations that embrace their ‘Diaspora Capital’ can leverage the power of flows of people, knowledge and finance, turning ‘Brain Drain’ into ‘Brain Gain’ and ‘Brain Exchange’". - Kingsley Aikins, CEO of The Networking Institute

This afternoon conference will be to share stories and expertise on how each group have worked with global diaspora to provide value add to home economies and global locations.

This Scottish Business Network conference will share the best practice from each of the global diaspora groups along with an opportunity to network.

Agenda for the Event:

12.30pm - 1.00pm: Lunch and Networking

An opportunity to network with attendees and speakers with some light refreshments.

1.00pm - 1.05pm: Introduction from Scottish Business Network

An introduction from the Scottish Business Network Co-Founders Christine Esson and Russell Dalgleish.

1.05pm - 1.45pm: Keynote presentation by Kingsley Aitkens

Kinglsey is the CEO of The Networking Institute which was established to provide coaching, training and research in Networking,Philanthropy and Diaspora Engagement.

2.00pm - 2.15pm: Diaspora Value by Michelle Thomson

Michelle is the Founding Director of Momentous Change, a niche consultancy to help organisations manage change.

2.15pm - 3.00pm: Expert Panel Session led by Scottish Business Network

The panel includes experts in the value of diaspora:

Walter May - Founder of Global Welsh

Catherina Casey - Board Member at The Ireland Funds

Peter Gillingwater - UK Chair & Global Board Member of KEA New Zealand

Tara Mc Quillan - Board Member at LIBS

Kate MacInnes - Manager of International Networks at GlobalScot

The panel will be led by Scottish Business Network Chair, Russell Dalgleish.


Attend Contact

Time & Date

Tuesday, 18 June 2019, 12:30 PM - Tuesday, 18 June 2019, 03:00 PM


Bow Bells House, 1 Bread Street, London EC4M 9HH

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