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October 2012 For immediate release

International entrepreneur leads the way

A leading businessman, awarded an MBE by the Queen for his extensive charity work, is set to give a guest lecture at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Zulfi Hussain, who helped raise more than 2m for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami and is the founder of international charity Global Promise, will speak at the free public event entitled An Entrepreneurs Inspirational Leadership from 6-7pm on Thursday 18 October in the Rose Bowl at the Universitys city centre campus.

He will talk about how entrepreneurs can inspire through leadership and how this can lead to opportunities and success. A large part of being enterprising is being able to spot opportunities and turn visions and ideas into reality, commented Mr Hussain. Im looking forward to sharing my experiences with those who attend the event at Leeds Met. Ill be using examples of both my own and other peoples business and charity successes, offering practical guidance on creative thinking and how to take entrepreneurial action.

The seminar will conclude with an opportunity to ask questions.

Through his own desire to inspire through leadership Mr Hussain launched a web-based charity Global Promise, which raised more than 2m for victims of 2004s Boxing Day tsunami in southern Asia. Today the charity focuses on improving the quality of life in local communities around the world. The

organisation widens participation, extending social inclusion, particularly among disadvantaged and hard to reach groups, including young people.

Paul Houghton, Principle Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Leeds Metropolitan, who organised the guest lecture, said: Zulfi Hussains charity Global Promise facilitates meaningful partnerships between schools,

businesses and community groups, making a difference to the lives of people from minority groups and to many from disadvantaged backgrounds. He is an international speaker and an inspirational leader in the business world and will be of interest whether you are a student, a budding entrepreneur or an established business person.

To book your place at this event please email

To donate to Global Promise please visit


For further details please contact Julia Williams in the Communications team at Leeds Met on 0113 8125978 or email

Notes for editors: Leeds Metropolitan University has over 25,000 students and around 3,000 staff. The Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University is Professor Susan Price and the Chair of the Board is Lord Woolmer of Leeds. Leeds Metropolitans four faculties are: Arts, Environment and Technology, Business & Law, Health and Social Sciences, and Carnegie. Leeds Metropolitans heritage can be traced back to the founding of the Mechanics Institute in Leeds in 1824.