Join Writer, Activist, PR Guru, Entrepreneur and Culturalist Rozan Ahmed at the Nottingham Contemporary on Wednesday 2nd July 2014.
Rozan Ahmed lives her life fulfilling a passionate mission of connection: a “locally global” vision to empower, celebrate and merge diversity through creativity as an influential voice for the African continent across the UK, the Middle East, Africa and the US.
As an established writer, consultant, culturalist and commentator, Rozan continues to break business and social barriers by connecting and curating people, projects and products from the city of London (where she grew up) all the way to regions and societies in which she likes to call “returning markets”. A stern believer in additionally merging the arts with social development and entrepreneurship, Rozan has become a motivational personality when it comes to advocating the concept of “cultural ownership” – taking pride in identity, shaping it and embracing it.
As founder & editor of bougi, Rozan’s career spans a successful 13 years, counting the likes of international organisations, global music stars, local and international brands, presidents, royalty and civil society within her working realm. They include Justin Timberlake, P.Diddy, RWD, Michelle Rodriguez, Jay Z, the United Nations, Chanel, Adidas, the Princes Trust, Akala, Emmanuel Jal, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Prince Fahad Al Saud, Formula One, Louis Vuitton, SonyBMG and much more.
As deputy editor of RWD magazine in the UK, she worked closely with her team in analysing, discovering and propelling what we know today as the “British urban music scene”, utilising what was the growing phenomenon of social media and negotiating a number of corporate relationships to quickly establish the title into what it is right now: the UK’s biggest urban music & lifestyle publication.
In Africa, she developed a series of monumental campaigns surrounding peace culture and was praised by the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), the GOS (Government of Sudan) and GOSS (Government of Southern Sudan) for orchestrating the country’s first celebratory concert, highlighting the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. ‘I wanted to musically symbolise the union between North and South’, said Rozan, ‘people often forget just how powerful music can be, particularly when it comes to positive messaging and its conscientious delivery to a younger audience’.
Rozan has been hailed as one of the ‘hardest working women in showbiz’ (Pride Magazine UK), ‘the woman who can’ (BBC Radio 1), ‘a powerhouse’ (POSE Dubai), ‘formidable’ (Drum Magazine KENYA), a ‘mogul in the making’ (DSTV’s AFRICA MAGIC), ‘one of the region’s most inspiring women’ (VIVA Magazine DUBAI), and ‘The new Oprah Winfrey’ (Marie Claire Italia)
Rozan currently sits on the UK’s MOBO music panel, she is a board member at the MAD global initiative and an ambassador for the Young & Gifted Foundation. She’s an avid supporter of the amFAR organisation, an advocate for Dubai’s Fashion Forward (the region’s leading fashion platform), Congo Fashion Week, Africa Yoga Project (Kenya), Sudan Change Now (Sudan), cultural ambassador at Style.com/Arabia and a selected mentor at the Unreasonable Institute for globally inclined social entrepreneurs.
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