Lord Wei of Shoreditch to keynote Croydon Tech City January 2015 launch


By - Thursday 1st January, 2015

Lord Wei of Shoreditch. Photo by Mel Kelly, used with permission.

It is my great pleasure to announce that Baron Nat Wei, a social entrepreneur and the youngest member of the House of Lords, will keynote the Croydon Tech City 2015 launch on Thursday 29th January 7.30pm at Croydon Conference Centre.

Lord Wei’s background is one of business, investing, and technology, followed by a period of helping to start up and think about social enterprise (or social venturing and reform), which included Teach First and National Citizen’s Service. This finally culminated in policy development and being invited in mid-2009 to enter the House of Lords.

He has three areas of focus in his public work: social reform, East Asia, and future cities.

Inspired by previous social reformers, Lord Wei desires to help foster a revival of social reform activity, harnessing the skills and resources that business people and entrepreneurs can bring. He feels a particular duty to seek to foster better relations between countries such as China and Europe, in particular the UK. Cities represent a future economic driver not just in metropolises such as London, but in other smaller, fast growing ones in the UK and around the world. He sees the potential that exists to create jobs, social impact, and cultural understanding if we can network cities together using good technology, dialogue, and design.

Having spent several years living in Shoreditch and seeing East London’s Tech City develop on his doorstep, Wei will be sharing important insights on how tech entrepreneurship can be used for the common good of Croydon – and South London as a whole.

“My desire is to help foster a revival of social reform activity in my lifetime, harnessing the skills and resources that business people and entrepreneurs can bring”.

Wei’s acceptance to keynote our 2015 launch event is a great coup for the Croydon Tech City movement which – now entering its third year – has made considerable impact on Croydon’s economy (The FT), property market (The Times), education (The Croydon Citizen), inward investment (The Evening Standard) and reputation (Metro).

The Croydon Tech City management team will also be unveiling their plans and strategy for 2015, with a particular focus on Croydon’s educational and cultural development.

This event is sure to be oversubscribed: to secure your place, please register now.

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose is a committed Christian who has lived in the Croydon area for nearly twenty years. He is an active participant in his local community, serving at Grace Vineyard Church and organising Purley Breakfast Club and was ranked "Croydon's 37th most powerful person" by the Croydon Advertiser (much to his amusement). He is the Head of Content at marketing technology company Idio, the founder of the Croydon Tech City movement, a LinkedIn coach, and creator of Croydon's first fashion label, Croydon Vs The World. Views are his own, but it would be best for all concerned if you shared them. Please send your fanmail to: jonnyrose1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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