Published on 02/11/2020
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  • Leading authority on small business and ethnic minority entrepreneurship discusses the challenges and opportunities for ethnic minority entrepreneurs in an era of unprecedented change
  • Professor Monder Ram OBE, Director of Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CRÈME), gives Aston University’s second public lecture
  • Lecture takes place on 17 November 2020, as part of the Aston Talks series

The seismic effects of COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and Brexit have exposed endemic racial inequalities in the UK. Policy responses are mixed but encouraging entrepreneurship amongst ethnic minority communities is likely to form part of the solution.

But what will this look like? How can entrepreneurs from minority ethnic background make their voices heard and be appreciated for the vital role they play in today’s economy?

Ethnic minority entrepreneurship research expert, Professor Monder Ram OBE, will delve into this important topic, when he delivers the second public lecture in the new online series, Aston Talks on Tuesday 17 November, “Ethnic minority entrepreneurship in transition: developing an agenda for change”.

Professor Ram explains: “Ethnic minority businesses play a vital role in economy, yet rarely do they receive the recognition they deserve. The entrepreneurial qualities of diverse communities will be needed in the post-Brexit and post Covid-19 era. This talk reflects on the challenges and opportunities for ethnic minority entrepreneurs in an era of unprecedented change.”

Professor Ram, director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), has operated at the intersection of debates on inequality and enterprise and worked with practitioners to make a difference. CREME’s work with a diverse network of practitioners is helping to shape a new agenda for ethnic minority entrepreneurship.

Professor Ram joined Aston Business School in 2018 and is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences.  He advises the government on the importance and value of ethnic minority businesses through his position on the All Party Parliamentary Group for BAME Business Owners and also holds visiting positions at Warwick University and the University of Turku, Finland.

The talk is part of the Aston Talks series, which showcases some of the research taking place at Aston University and its impact on society.

It is free to attend and open to all and will take place on Microsoft Teams Live from 18:30 to 19:30 on Tuesday 17th November 2020. Register you place in advance through Eventbrite.



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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

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