FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3 September 2018
“The Duke of Cambridge to meet Royal African Society’s members and supporters at their Autumn reception”
The Royal African Society is delighted to announce that its Patron, H.R.H. Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, will attend its Autumn Reception to meet a range of the Society’s members and supporters.
The Reception will be the first event the Duke will attend in his capacity as Patron of the Royal African Society, since succeeding Her Majesty The Queen in this role in December 2016.
The invited participants at the Reception will represent the full range of activities and areas in which the Royal African Society operates, including academia, business, politics, culture, the arts and education.
“We are honoured to welcome The Duke of Cambridge at his first engagement as Patron of the Royal African Society. The Duke has demonstrated his passion for the continent, its people and its wildlife through several initiatives, and we are delighted that he will have the opportunity to meet individuals from our dynamic and influential network of African professionals and Africa experts, as well as our supporters and the range of people who benefit from our programmes,” said Zeinab Badawi, Chair of the Royal African Society.
The Royal African Society is a membership organisation that provides opportunities for people to connect, celebrate and engage critically with a wide range of topics and ideas about Africa today. The organisation exists to amplify African voices and interests, contributing to keeping Africa high on the UK’s business, political and cultural agenda, enabling a positive shift in policy and public opinion.
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Notes to Editors
- The Royal African Society is a membership organisation that provides opportunities for people to connect, celebrate and engage critically with a wide range of topics and ideas about Africa today. Through events, publications and digital channels it shares insight, instigates debate and facilitates mutual understanding between the UK and Africa. The society amplifies African voices and interests in academia, business, politics, the arts and education, reaching a network of more than one million people globally. www.royalafricansociety.org
- H.R.H. The Duke of Cambridge is the Royal African Society’s Patron. In December 2016, Her Majesty The Queen stepped down as Royal Patron of the Society after 64 years.
Zeinab Badawi, Chair of the Royal African Society, is a Sudanese-British television and radio journalist, currently the presenter of Global Questions and Hard Talk for the BBC. Through her own production company she has produced and presented many programmes, including currently the definitive TV series of African history in association with UNESCO. She is one of the best-known broadcast journalists working in the field today. In 2009 she was awarded International TV Personality of the Year by the Association of International Broadcasters, and was named in Powerlist 2012 and 2015 as one of Britain’s top 100 most influential members of the black community.
- Dr Nicholas Westcott is Director of the Royal African Society. He has been involved with Africa for over 40 years as both an academic and diplomat. He has served in Brussels, Washington DC, Tanzania (as Deputy High Commissioner) and from 2008-2011 as British High Commissioner to Ghana and simultaneously as Ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Niger and Togo. From 2011 he worked in the EU's External Action Service as Managing Director for Africa, and from 2015 as MD for the Middle East and North Africa.