Nomia Iqbal and Myriam Francois-Cerrah to moderate Nov. 13 public symposium on Religion and Global Development in London

Author: Emily Grassby

Nomia Iqbal, a BBC journalist for radio, television and online media, and Myriam Francois-Cerrah, a writer and broadcaster who focuses on current affairs, will moderate the Nov. 13 (Friday) public symposium in London, Changing the Conversation about Religion: Partnerships for Global Development.
The symposium, organized by the University of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs and Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway, is free and open to the public. RSVP here.
Registration begins at 2:00 p.m. (GMT) and the program begins at 2:30 p.m. at One Whitehall Place at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, London.
In a series of three panels, leading thinkers will address whether a deeper engagement with global religion and religious communities can enhance economic growth, political stability, conflict resolution, and peace.

Panel 1

The Role of Religion in Human Development

Nomia Iqbal, moderator 

Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow, Georgetown University

Mike Battcock, Governance Coordinator, Department for International Development (U.K. government)

H.R.H. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Emir of Kano, Nigeria

Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women

Panel 2
Building Partnerships Across Sectors for Development 

Myriam Francois-Cerrah, moderator

Lord Christopher Patten, Chancellor, Oxford University

Craig Calhoun, Director, London School of Economics

Nosheen Ali, Program Director, Social Development and Policy, Habib University, Karachi

Shaun Casey, Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs, U.S. Dept. of State

Ebrahim Rasool, Former South African Ambassador to the United States

Panel 3
Reflections: What Did We Learn?

Nomia Iqbal and Myriam Francois-Cerrah, moderators

Elif Shafak, award-winning novelist, columnist and speaker

Scott Appleby, Marilyn Keough Dean, Keough School of Global Affairs

Sara Sievers, Associate Dean for Policy and Practice, Keough School of Global Affairs

Atalia Omer, Associate Professor for Religion, Conflict and Peace Studies

Ebrahim Moosa, Professor of Islamic Studies

About the moderators:

Nomia Iqbal reports on a wide range of issues including politics, education, religion and social affairs for a variety of news sources. She was one of the BBC’s key reporters for this year’s U.K. elections. She recently presented a documentary, Inside Myanmar, and also trained young journalists in Tanzania and Zanzibar.


Myriam Francois-Cerrah focuses on current affairs, Islam and Muslims in Europe and the Middle East. She contributes to multiple media outlets, writing for the New Statesman’s rolling politics blog, The Staggers, and for Middle East Eye. She recently presented the BBC One documentary A Deadly Warning: Srebrenica Revisited. She is a PhD (DPhil) researcher at University of Oxford and a Research Associate at the Centre of Islamic Studies at the School for Oriental and African Studies.

The Keough School of Global Affairs, opening its doors to students in August 2017, will prepare students for effective and ethically grounded leadership in government, the private sector and global civil society.

Contact: Joan Fallon, director of communications for the Keough School 574-631-8819 (office), 574-514-8972 (cell) or

London contact for general event questions: Emily Grassby, Notre Dame London Global Gateway +44 (0) 207 484 7814 or

Originally published by Emily Grassby at on November 09, 2015.