Spring Debate, Thursday March 8th

Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start         REGISTER (FREE)

Venue: St Peter De Beauvoir, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA

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JAVIER PES: “It’s time to reclaim public art.”

IQBAL WAHHAB: “Businesses and charities must regain their soul.”

ALICIA WESTON: “Do we need to teach people how to cook?”

Javier Pes is UK editor of artnet. Prior to this he was editor of The Art Newspaper, where he also worked as deputy editor. Before joining The Art Newspaper, he edited Museum Practice magazine for the UK Museums Association. A curator turned journalist, Javier began his career working at the Museum of London followed by Reading Museums, focusing on social history.

Iqbal Wahhab OBE ran his own hospitality PR business and Indian food publication, Tandoori Magazine, before creating the multi-award-winning restaurant Cinnamon Club in 2001. In 2003 he co-authored ‘The Cinnamon Club Cookbook’ and in 2005 opened Roast, a British restaurant and bar in Borough Market. Iqbal was voted one of the Top 10 Restaurateurs in Britain in an Independent on Sunday survey and The Sunday Times Maserati Top 100 business start-up mentors.  He chairs the social enterprises Mum’s The Chef and Bounceback, and is engaged in the prison reform agenda. In 2016 he wrote ‘Charity Sucks’, a polemic published by Biteback.

Alicia Weston is a social entrepreneur with a diverse background. Originally a published research scientist, she went on to work for 18 years in emerging market investment banking.  After leaving the City, she worked for the New Economics Foundation, developing a new model to finance social housing in the UK.

Alicia is the founder of two social ventures; Parkholme Supperclub, a leading London supperclub, and Bags of Taste, a programme which which aims to improve the diet and finances of people in or at risk of food poverty. Operating in 7 London boroughs, Bags of Taste has now expanded outside the capital.

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