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Speaker Biography

Leo Boe

Leo Bøe is the President of Warwick's Students' Union, an elected position, and is one of two student representatives on the Council. He graduated in July 2010 with a degree in Politics and International Studies, after which he served as Warwick SU’s Welfare Sabbatical Officer for one year. Although originally Swiss and Norwegian, Leo has grown up in Switzerland, the USA, and South Africa.

Whilst at Warwick Leo engaged in a multitude of activities and opportunities, spending two terms at City University of Hong Kong as an exchange student, and founding and presiding over the interfaith Coexist Society which received personal commendation from Tony Blair. Beyond these, Leo was awarded the Global Gold Award from the Student Careers and Skills team for his international and intercultural endeavors, having spent three months working as a full-time consultant at the Mongol-Swiss Development Foundation (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 2009, and having undertaken a research project in Malawi, investigating the migration trends (‘Brain Drain’) of its medical professionals in 2008.

Over the last year, Leo has also been on the board of the interfaith Young Leadership Council, a subsidiary organisation of the International Council of Christians and Jews, and was the programming director for its last conference in Krakow in early July 2011. He is currently an advisor for the organisation. Leo was also involved in Warwick Think Tank Society’s inception and worked with the Institute for Public Policy Research to help it create a network of similar student groups across the UK, and has been actively involved in the Union’s Inspire project, having been to a number of schools in Birmingham to run sessions on raising aspirations with Teach First and student volunteers. Leo is also an accomplished violinist.

Within his role as President, Leo is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Warwick SU.


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