Multilingualism in Europe

Florence Mele and Nicholas Niggli to present at Multilingualism in Europe

Today I am happy to announce that we have confirmed two additional speakers for our event on Multilingualism in Europe this Wednesday.

I would like to introduce Mrs Florence Mele, the Director of Studies at ESCP Europe London Campus and Mr. Nicholas Niggli, the Head of the Economic, Trade and Finance Section at the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK.

Florence MeleProf. Mele holds an MSc Computing Science from Birkbeck College University of London. Prior to her work at ESCP Europe she worked in different positions across Europe, notably in Paris, the Rome area and southern Italy.

ESCP Europe is the world’s oldest business school and has educated generations of leaders and entrepreneurs.With its five campuses in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, and Torino, ESCP Europe’s true European Identity enables the provision of a unique style of cross-cultural business education and a Global Perspective on international management issues.

In her presentation Florence Mele will focus on the role foreign languages play for employability, leadership and the future of work as well as cultural awareness and concrete implications for the workplace in a global economy.

Nicholas NiggliIn his capacity as the Head of the Economic, Trade & Finance Section at the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK, Nicholas Niggli leads a diplomatic team that represents, promotes and defends Switzerland’s economic, trade, finance, science and business interests in the United Kingdom.

Previously, Niggli was part of Switzerland’s trade diplomacy and was based at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the WTO & EFTA. There he covered the Doha Development Round, the International Services Agreement plurilateral negotiations (TISA), Accessions to the WTO as well as budget, administration and institutional issues.

In his presentation Nicholas Niggli will provide the connection between his own life as a member of a multilingual and multicultural family and how Switzerland as a country is handling the four official languages in its education system, administration and economy.

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