Gender Equality – Diversity – Climate Change – Arts & Culture
Harpreet works within a cultural and international development context to facilitate social and global change. She has a portfolio career as a researcher, consultant and arts manager that focusses on embedding cultural practice into key areas including diversity, gender equality and climate change locally and globally. Interdisciplinary projects both local and transnational are of particular interest. Harpreet has worked with arts organizations, NGOs, diplomats, charities and governments, artists and policy makers from different cultures from all corners of the globe. In 2017 Harpreet was selected as a BBC Expert Woman and has appeared on numerous media channels including BBC World News, Asian Network, Five Live and Radio Scotland to share her expertise in Culture and Development.
Writer – Researcher – Arts Manager – Facilitator – Speaker
Harpreet has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and Australia as an arts manager on a number of projects, events and festivals since 2001. She has expertise in performing and visual arts management to include marketing and audience development. She has a particular interest in world music, contemporary dance, street and urban art, photography and above all culturally diverse arts. She has worked with Southbank Centre, Beijing Modern Dance Company, Regional Arts Victoria, Sampad South Asian Arts, Library of Birmingham, Audiences Central, Tamasha Theatre Company, Mindspace Budapest, Ars Electronica, Midlands Arts Centre and Town Hall Symphony Hall.
Harpreet is a certified facilitator with training from the Institute for Cultural Affairs International, and completed a Conflict Negotiation and Mediation Course with The Durham Global Security Institute. She has developed expertise in Human Security and Peace Building with Initiatives of Change. She has trained as a Peace Circle Facilitator to empower women from different cultural backgrounds.
In January 2014 Harpreet graduated with an Msc in Gender and International Relations. The course includes a theoretical insight into world politics as well as examining various key issues including Feminisms and International Relations, Multiculturalism, International Development Organisations and Human Security. Her thesis paper entitled ‘Sister Fa and Nneka, Global 21st Century Diplomats’ examined the symbiosis between music and politics explored through female West African artists, in relation to the human security of West African women (FGM and oil extraction in Senegal, Nigeria).
Harpreet relishes challenges, loves to travel, and is very quickly adaptable to new environments. She is a British Asian, fluent in Punjabi, and can speak Hindi. Harpreet regularly blogs and writes for The Huffington Post.