Islam & Dialogue at Barclays Bank Lunch & Learn Series

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

Barclay’s Bank HQ, Docklands

Dr Ozcan Keles

Dr Ozcan Keles

Chairperson of the Dialogue Society

Ozcan is a non-practising Barrister and member of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn. He is the Chairperson of the Dialogue Society since 2008; was the Executive Chairperson of the same organisation between 2008 and 2014; the Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed biannual academic Journal of Dialogue Studies since 2014 and a full-time PhD candidate in the sociology of human rights at the University of Sussex. Between 2006 and 2009 he was a research student with Prof Kevin Boyle at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, where he held the Scholarship Award of 2006. Ozcan was called to the Bar in 2005 after successfully completing the Bar course at the Inns of Court School of Law. He obtained his LLM in Human Rights Law from SOAS, University of London, in 2002.

The Diversity Team together with the Multicultural Network is organising a series of ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions on world religions. Its first session was a talk on Islam which took place at the Presentation Suite 1 at its Headquarters in Canary Wharf.

The main talk was given by Ozcan Keles, Director of the Dialogue Society. This was followed by a short introduction to Sharia banking products by a member of the Barclays Capital emerging markets team.

The main talk focused on the fundamental belief system in Islam, its answer to the age old problem of the purpose of existence and the role of the underlying bedrock of compassion and dialogue in this religion.

Approximately a hundred employees, of varying seniority of the Barclays Bank were in attendance. Questions and answers were taken at the end of the session.

This talk is available on DVD.]