UpRising Graduation Ceremony, celebrating the 2009-2010 cohort of UpRisers

On Monday, 14th June Clifford Chance LLP hosted the 2010 Graduation ceremony for the UpRising Leadership Programme. 

The event was an exciting tribute to the 2009-2010 cohort of UpRisers – 19-25 year-olds who commit one year to engage in leadership training and hands-on community campaigning to change their communities for the better.  UpRising was founded by the Young Foundation in 2008 to identify, recruit and train a new generation of public leaders.

The ceremony opened by Nicola Wherity, a partner at Clifford Chance, who introduced the ceremony’s keynote speaker, renowned critic and playright, Bonnie Greer OBE. Bonnie captured the spirit of the UpRising Leadership Programme, noting that in these ‘interesting times’, we are lucky to see the promise of a flourishing  future generation of young, inspiring and motivated leaders who meet the challenges of the time directly through engagement, mobilisation and action.

Following Bonnie’s speech, UpRising graduate Eshaan Akbar facilitated a panel discussion. Each panellist reflected on their UpRising community campaigns, which aimed to tackle an area of social need in their community. The panel took questions from the audience ranging from queries about mentoring, learning visits, training sessions and community engagement. 

The panel: Komal Chokshi, Sulaiman Ahmed, Liam Baxter, Josephine Ajayi-Majebi and Farah Mohammoud.

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