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Identity – Mike Hardy


The main issues for us to address going forward are the challenges associated with the complex impact of identity and identities in communities.

Professor Mike Hardy OBE – Strategic Leader for Intercultural Dialogue, The British Council

Mike leads the British Council’s work in intercultural dialogue –one of three programme areas which define British Council’s work in cultural relations. Intercultural Dialogue combines interventions developing the capabilities of young people as leaders and community participants, worldwide, with volunteering and schools exchanges projects.

Between 2004 and 2008, Mike was Country Director for the British Council in Indonesia where, among other activities he supported the development of the UK-Indonesia Islamic Advisory Group and launched new programmes in community leadership following the Tsunami in North Sumatra. Before Indonesia, Mike was a member of the British Council’s senior management team where he directed global contracts in international development.Between 1997 and 2000 he directed regional project work for the Middle East from Cairo, Egypt.

Prior to the British Council, Mike was Head of Economics and Public Policy at Leeds Metropolitan University and Professor of International Business at Central Lancashire.

Read Mike’s views on the Future of Identity

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