Coventry University hosts Baroness Hussein-Ece’s lecture on peace in Cyprus

Baroness Hussein-Ece will be giving a free public lecture on the controversial topic of peace in Cyprus on Tuesday 22nd May, hosted by the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies (CPRS) at Coventry University.

Coventry University hosts Baroness Hussein-Ece’s lecture on peace in CyprusFocussing on the peace process in Cyprus, Baroness Hussein-Ece will question whether conflict resolution in Cyprus is actually achievable. This lecture is open for all to attend and forms part of the Centre’s Turkey Peace and Security Studies lecture series.

Professor Alpaslan Özerdem, Director of CPRS said: “We are delighted to welcome Baroness Hussein-Ece to Coventry University to present our second CPRS Turkey public lecture. This is a high profile lecture series which was inaugurated by Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UN Agency for Palestine Refugees in May 2011.

“The CPRS Turkey initiative focuses not only on peace and conflict related issues but also the role of Turkey at regional and international levels. Therefore, Baroness Hussein-Ece’s lecture will be an excellent contribution to our ongoing research projects and collaborative activities with Turkish universities.”

The CPRS public lecture will take place at 6pm on Tuesday 22nd May at the Coventry TechnoCentre, Puma Way, Coventry.

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Baroness Hussein-Ece is a second generation Turkish-Cypriot, initially studying art, then going on to study Public Health, and Healthcare Management. She set up the first Turkish Women’s Centre 20 years ago and served as a leading Councillor for 16 years: elected councillor at the London Borough of Hackney, 1994-2002, one of the first people to be elected councillor from a Turkish-speaking background, where she served as Deputy Leader of the Council.

She was then elected to Islington Council 2002-2010, where she held senior roles, including Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care. Baroness Hussein-Ece held several positions as a Non-Executive Director on NHS Health Trusts. She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to local government, in the Queens New Year Honours, 2009. In the same year, she was also appointed as a Commissioner, for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

After an announcement by the UK Cabinet Office on Friday 28 May 2010, Meral Hussein Ece was appointed as a peer to the House of Lords and took her seat as Baroness Hussein-Ece, of Highbury in the London Borough of Islington.