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Paul Owens, Founder and Director

Paul Owens

Paul is co-founder of BOP and an internationally recognised expert on culture and the creative economy, with a particular interest in the relationship between culture and social and economic development.

Over the past 20 years, he has pioneered new approaches to supporting culture and creativity in the UK working with policy makers, city leaders and cultural and creative businesses.

He now provides high-level strategic advice to governments and businesses across the world. Since 2012 he has been Director of the World Cities Culture Forum, working on behalf of the Mayor of London to develop and manage a network of 27 major cities, promoting culture within urban policy.

Paul is Chair of The Video College, a training and production facility for young people in West London. He is on the Board of Alchemy World a charity which promotes creative entrepreneurship on Ethiopia. Paul is a special advisor to AESOP (Arts Enterprises with a Social Purpose) and a Visiting Lecturer at Shanghai Theatre Academy, School of Creative Studies.

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