Photos from the Official Launch of SOPHOS AFRICA in the United Kingdom
Venue: The Ethiopian Embassy in London

Guests had an opportunity to chat, exchange stories and enjoy the occasion.

Prof David Killingray spoke on the history of Anglo-Ethiopian relations focusing on the contributions of Ethiopians to Britain and that of Britons to Ethiopia. The notable examples he pointed out were Hakim Worqenah (see Peter Garretson, A Victorian Gentleman & Ethiopian Nationalist: the life and times of Hakim Warqenah, Dr Charles Martin, Woodbridge, James Currey, 2012) and the Pankhursts (Sylvia and her son Richard in particular).  


Dr Desta Heliso introduced the vision and mission of SOPHOS AFRICA and the ideas that underlie the organisation’s strategies and activities

HE Ambassador Teferi Melesse, Ambassador of Ethiopia to the UK, made a very fitting opening remark.

Mr Alastair Michell-Baker, a member of the SOPHOS AFRICA Advisory Council in Europe, closed the event in prayer.

Guests also enjoyed delicious Ethiopian cuisine! 

Mr Chris Reveley, Chair of SOPHOS AFRICA UK and Master of the Ceremony (MC), welcomed the guests, introduced the programme and speakers, and opened the event in prayer

Dr Michael Nazir-Ali spoke on the characteristics of ethnic and religious extremism and how it contributes to societal disharmony, violence and poverty.

May 12, 2022 Launching of SOPHOS AFRICA in UK

Guest Speakers

Professor David Killingray

Professor David Killingray has BSc (Econ), PhD, PGCE, FRHistS, Senior Research Fellow on 25-Sep-2007 to 31-May-2018 at Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Summary of research interests and expertise: History of imperialism, Christian missionary activity, . . .

Dr Michael Nazir-Ali

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali was the 106th Bishop of Rochester, for 15 years, until 1 September 2009. He is originally from Southwest Asia and was the first Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England born abroad. He was appointed in 1994. Before that he was the General  . . .

H.E. Mr Teferi Melesse Desta

He joined the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993 and as a career diplomat, has served at diplomatic missions to the People’s Republic of China in Guangzhou (Consul General 2018 – 2020); in Brussels, Belgium . . .

Dr Desta Heliso

Dr Desta Heliso Anshebo is the founder and Executive Director of SOPHOS AFRICA, which is currently established in Ethiopia, the USA and the UK.
Dr Desta served as a lecturer and . . .

Post By Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia on the Launching of SOPHOS AFRICA in UK on May 12, 2022

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