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World War One exhibition is praised by royal visitor

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Business School and a subsequent stellar career scaling the heights of international banking with first global giants Morgan Stanley and later HSBC. “I joined HSBC as Global Head of

Research. It was a mad job – I regularly commuted around the world, London, Hong Kong, New York. It was tough on the body – you never know what time zone you are in.” Robert was eventually able to

take a “career break” from the high- pressured world of international banking and the constant travelling.


“I was in a very privileged position – I retired at 40.” He subsequently set up

Stratford-based Quotidian Investments, managing multi award-winning global funds before joining Wesleyan in February 2017 to oversee its in-house investment team. “I had got to the stage where

career-wise work-life balance was quite important to me. I was not looking to move to London and I didn’t want to run large teams – I like the idea of small, very nimble teams. “It has been a very enjoyable experience coming here. I had

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visited an exhibition celebrating the contribution of Muslim soldiers to Allied forces during World War One, curated by a Birmingham City University lecturer. Prince Charles attended the

British Muslim Heritage Centre (BMHC) in Manchester and was shown the Stories of Sacrifice installation, which was curated by Dr Islam Issa, senior lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University. Research conducted by Dr Issa

revealed that at least 885,000 Muslim soldiers were recruited by the Allies, more than twice the figure that had previously been reported (400,000). The exhibition, which was commissioned by the BMHC, is the first dedicated entirely to Muslim involvement in the Great War.

During his visit, the Prince of

Wales was shown individual stories and images from the exhibition, including one photograph featuring his great-grandfather King George V, wearing a turban during a period as head of a Muslim cavalry regiment. HRH said the exhibition and

other work being carried out by the BMHC were “of huge importance”. He said: “I've been so impressed

by all the different initiatives and projects you run here and the difference you are making, in terms of all the work you are doing in the community, but also in terms of linking all the other communities together. “If I may say so, I just wanted to

congratulate you and to say how much I admire all the work you are doing. And how important your communities are here in this country.”

Stories of Sacrifice has been

featured in locations around the country including Greater Manchester’s Police headquarters and Blackburn Cathedral. Dr Issa said: “It was just

wonderful to see the Prince of Wales so engaged and genuinely interested in the content and the rare photographs.” During his research Dr Issa also

discovered that Muslims involved in the war effort came from as far as Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia and that at least 89,000 Muslims were killed fighting for Allied forces under French or British command. While carrying out the studies Dr

Issa also found that at least 20 per cent of all British Empire recruits were followers of Islam and that the financial and material contribution from India alone was £479m - £20bn in today’s money.

“Huge importance”: The Prince of Wales is shown the exhibition by Ashraf Ali, project manager of the installation

missed being part of a big office but this is a small enough operation where you can make a difference.” Father of three Robert, an

Arsenal season ticket holder in his spare time, clearly has made a difference in the relatively short period he has been at Wesleyan, and was named Chief Investment Officer of the Year at the recent Insurance Asset Risk Awards held in London. But the now 54-year-old former

Leeds University student who graduated in Politics and Parliamentary Studies – when he first linked up with Ted Heath by working as an intern – admits his

first love remains politics, even as Brexit threatened to send the vast majority of the nation reaching for the smelling salts. A Tory member of Stratford

District Council for more than five years before standing down at this May’s elections, Robert says: “Politics is a bug. So many times you want to get rid of it, but you can’t. Positioning our portfolios has to take account of the political situation – you can’t ignore the impact of Trump and Brexit, for example. “Politics is my first love, finance a

close second. I am happy doing what I am doing – I want to think that you can make a difference.”

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