14 March 2019

Changemakers: 35 visions of global leadership

Royal Holloway alumnus featured in photography exhibition, celebrating UK's history of educating global changemakers

By Development and Alumni Relations Team

Global leaders who are determined to overcome humanity’s most pressing problems are featured in a photography exhibition opening in London’s Noho Showrooms on 14 March.

The exhibition, called ‘Changemakers: 35 visions of global leadership’, features 35 specially-commissioned portraits of UK-educated leaders, including Royal Holloway alumnus, Zhao Qi (MA Documentary by Practice, 2004), taken by photographers from all over the world. The images, accompanied by reflections on their time spent studying in the UK, demonstrate the strength and global appeal of UK higher education, along with the UK’s commitment to welcoming talented individuals from around the world.

Zhao Qi (pictured above) is a Sundance and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker in Beijing. His works include Last Train Home (2011 Emmy Awards), China Heavy Weight (2012 Golden Horse Award), Fallen City (2013 Sundance nomination) and The Chinese Mayor (2015 Sundance Special Jury Prize).

Alongside Zhao Qi, the leaders featured include the current President of Costa Rica; Botswana’s youngest ever government minister; the first female judge in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan; and a winner of the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year award.

The exhibition celebrates the international ties forged through 35 years of the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarships programme.

Chevening was established in 1983 to help identify and develop future world leaders in a variety of fields. Since then, the programme has enabled 50,000 future leaders to transform their careers and their communities.

Louise Thomson, Head of Programme Management, said: ‘The spirit of 50,000 Chevening alumni around the world is exemplified through our 35 changemakers.

‘From defending human rights, to campaigning for climate justice and countering extremism, those featured in our exhibition are diverse, but there is one thing that unites them: they have made the most of their UK education, and are using it to drive positive change in their home countries.’

Exhibition opening times:

Changemakers is free to attend, and open every day between 14 to 17 March 2019 from 10:00 to 18:00 at Noho Showrooms, 67 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PT.