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LGIU Fortnightly 9th October: Cllr Peymana Assad, Obama Foundation Young Leader


Obama Foundation Young Leader and Harrow councillor Peymana Assad speaks with LGIU’s Ingrid Koehler about her journey into politics, how she maintains her motivation and what the pandemic has taught us about the importance of local leadership. Coming to the UK as a child, a refugee from Afghanistan, Cllr Assad first engaged with local politics as a volunteer supporting residents navigate the social security system. She was then elected to the London Borough of Harrow council in 2018 and was recently selected for the 2020 Obama Foundation European Young Leaders cohort.

Also mentioned the launch of our new place-shaping report: Power Down to Level Up.

Listen on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lgiu-fortnightly/tracks


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