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US Elections: What’s next for the world?

Title: US Elections: What’s next for the world?

Speakers: Sonia Klein, Ehsan Masood

Date: Friday 18th November

Time: 18:45-20:30

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Pl, Marylebone, London W1H 4LP

Event Details:

Americans went to the polls on 8 November to choose not only a President, but also to determine control of the Senate and House of Representatives. Their choices will have a major impact on global economic performance.

So how do we measure the health of economies around the world? We have become trapped by the idea of Gross Domestic Product as the simple measure of success but how do we develop alternatives that will help us reduce inequality and respond to climate change?

In this talk, our panel will analyse the US election results and assess the potential repercussions for the rest of the world.


Sonia Klein is a global strategist, known for problem solving, complex negotiations, joint ventures, and a ‘hands on’ leadership style. Sonia applies her diverse multi-industry blue chip experience in mentoring women and veteran owned businesses in the UK and US and advising on transatlantic public policy in areas of economic development, innovation and sustainability.

Sonia is a community activist, a former Parliamentary candidate, a delegate to the 2016 DNC convention and has held numerous senior positions in the Labour Party and Democratic Party. Sonia recently launched ‘Progressive House Virginia’, in the US and serves as Political Director.

Sonia graduated with an MBA  from George Washington University (GWU)  and is working towards a PhD in Innovation Theory. Sonia is a board member of the Centre for International Business Education Research at GWU.

Ehsan Masood is a science journalist. He began his career on MuslimWise magazine and is now editor of the Research group of publications including Research Fortnight and Research Europe. He worked for the journal Nature as London correspondent, developing world correspondent and acting chief commissioning editor. 

He teaches international science policy at Imperial College London and advises the British Council on science and cultural relations. His books include Dry: Life Without Water, The GM Debate: Who Decides? British Muslims: Media Guide and Science and Islam: a history. He is a member of the board of trustees of lead International.

Most recently, Ehsan Masood has written The Great Invention, a book which presents GDP as an inaccurate indicator of prosperity and suggest that the Trump phenomenon, Brexit, the Arab Revolutions are (partly) the result of how we record and  promote economic growth.

Additional details:

Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact us: