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Prerana Issar in Conversation

Prerana Issar in Conversation

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Prerana Issar is the first NHS Chief People Officer. Prior to joining the NHS, Prerana was Director for Public-Private Partnerships at the United Nations and prior to that she was the Chief Human Resources Officer for the World Food Programme (an organisation that was awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize).

In a special festival conversation, Prerana discusses the extraordinary challenges that the NHS has faced over the last year. And she offers her unique global perspective on how we must move forward in a post-pandemic world.

During her time at the UN, Prerana Issar led the development of its first strategic human capital approach, as well as the reform of many key policies. Before the United Nations, Prerana worked for over 15 years at Unilever Plc, starting with them in India and then for several years worked in global roles at Unilever’s headquarters in London. Her last role in Unilever was Vice-President HR for the Global Foods business.

This year the Festival will be presented online and in-person wherever possible and in line with the latest government guidance. You can find more information about the Festival here.

This event is a Folkestone Book Festival screened event at Quarterhouse. Speakers will be streamed live from their homes to our auditorium for a limited audience. All events can also be enjoyed online as part of our Digital Pass. By booking a Digital Pass you’ll be able to access all the talks and events and revisit anything you missed for up to a week after the festival. Buy a Digital Pass here.

Creative Folkestone Book Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of our funders and partners. We are proud to welcome the return of NewsNow as our Principal Partner for the Creative Folkestone Book Festival.


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Quarterhouse Live Screening £3.00 / £2.70
Streamed as part of Book Festival Digital Pass

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