Update from one of your Common Councillors (Spring 2021)

It continues to be difficult to keep in touch, but I am encouraged by positive signals for a return to the City this year. I hope you have been receiving my daily updates on Twitter or LinkedIn (links at bottom of this email). As always, I am happy to receive your comments on any matters related to the City of London Corporation and to take on any casework from you, my constituents. Hope you enjoy reading this latest update.
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The Virtual Lord Mayor’s BIG Curry


Starting as all good events should, with a glass of Pol Roger champagne on 17 March, the next eight weeks will take us on an adventure through books, wine, and delicious home-cooked curries with some of the nation’s best-loved personalities.

Hear tales of travel and adventure with Sir Michael Palin, be transported to the vineyards of Bordeaux with Edouard Moueix direct from his chateaux and impress your family by cooking up an Indian feast with Prue Leith. All while raising funds to support our veterans and their families.

Everything you need to join in the occasion will be delivered to your door and leading figures from food and wine will be there to talk and walk you through every step to provide the best of Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch in the comfort of your own home.

To find out more information and to purchase tickets to our fantastic online events programme for 2021, please visit:


I have personally just booked for all the incredible speaker nights, the cooking experiences and the wine event. Sadly I am not free on the Pol Roger night. Please join me in spirt if not in person.

Highlights of Azerbaijan – Thursday 11 February at 7pm

Dear Aldgate Ward Club Member,

Club President Geliya Chukmarova would like to invite you to our next Zoom talk which is called “Highlights of Azerbaijan”

The event will be structured as follows: • Overview and history
• Economy and

investment opportunities • Culture

• Music

Ulviyya Taghizade

Ulviyya Taghizade was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. MS in International relations and regional studies (Baku Slavic University).

Worked at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan and at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Prague. Was participating in and organizing various charity and fundraising events under the umbrella of diplomatic corp in Czech Republic and Great Britain. Volunteering with “Hear Woman. Gargar foundation”, charity working on gender awareness and educational projects in UK and Somalia.

Commitee Member and volunteer
of Diplomatic Spouses Club Prague. (During posting 2008-2013).
Was an ssociated member of Hallfield Primary School PTA, London, UK. (2016-2018). Member of the Board Commitee Diplomatic Spouses Club London, position: Vice President. Honorary member of Euroasian Women’s Energy Club London. Member of Spouses of Ambassadors “Art Club London”. Frequent UK NHS Blood donor. UK Cancer research runner, comunity and social activist. “Active Westminster Award 2017” nominee. “Inspiration of the year 2018” Westminster Volunteer Award nominee and holder. Founder and Honorary president of Azerbaijani Women’s Association in UK. “Progressive Positive Parenting Program” author. Art of Movement Baku workout space co- founder. Twins Mother.

Fariz Huseynov

Fariz Huseynov is Professor of Finance at the College of Business at North Dakota State University. He teaches various finance courses in corporate finance, investments and portfolio management, and international finance. His research interests are empirical corporate finance, corporate governance, and international finance.

He currently works on projects related to capital structure decisions, corporate tax avoidance,

and price informativeness of financial markets. He
is also the Faculty Fellow for the Challey Institute
for Global Innovation and Growth where

he studies post-war economic and financial development policies.
Professor Huseynov has published his research in impactful journals, such as the Journal of Corporate Finance, Review of Corporate Finance Studies,

Financial Management, and the International Review of Economics and Finance. He regularly serves as a referee for high-ranked journals in the field of finance. He also occasionally shares his views through various media programs in Azerbaijan to contribute to the development of his country of origin.

Professor Huseynov received college-wide awards for teaching, research, and engagement. He served in the University Faculty Senate and the NDSU Research Council. He also served as a faculty adviser for the NDSU’s student managed investment fund where students apply their classwork into real world settings via managing a portfolio of about $1.3 million assets. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Memphis and an MBA degree from Ball State University.

Ulvi Pepinova-Nemanzadeh

Ulvi made her home in Britain for two decades which she spent studying and working in business and political advocacy environment. For the last eight years she runs an educational provider, enjoys glass painting on the side, and is an active member of the British Azerbaijani community. www.ulvi.co.uk.
Ulvi also runs a memorial website, a project dedicated to her great grandfather Omar Faig Nemanzadeh who was the mastermind and one of the founding fathers of the first satirical magazine of the Muslim East “Molla Nasreddin”. You can access the English version of the website https://omarfaig.info/en/home/

Dr Sabina Rakcheyeva

Winner of “The Best Violinist of the Year” competition
in Baku, first recipient of “Artist in Residence” Award from the Fund of Mutual Understanding in New York,
Dr Sabina Rakcheyeva is first ever Azerbaijani to be accepted to the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. She has performed in over 40 countries, for the Presidents of the European Commission, Azerbaijan, Russia, Romania, United Nations Secretary-General and Prince of Liechtenstein, as well as the members of the British Royal family.

An advocate orchestra player, Rakcheyeva was a concertmaster of the International Youth Chamber Orchestra in Germany, and a founding member of UBS Verbier Orchestra. Sabina’s interests expand beyond performance only; she is a member of the European Cultural Parliament and has completed her PhD in Cultural diplomacy at SOAS (University of London).
She has served as the Cultural Advisor at The European Azerbaijan Society and the Arts Global Foundation. As
a cultural consultant, Sabina has facilitated numerous projects and organised several concerts across Europe and the United States. She regularly gives lectures and advises companies and individuals on cultural policies.

Join via Zoom

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Liveries in Lockdown

As we enter the second national lockdown, I have been reflecting on the various ways in which City bodies have been able to carry on their activities within the constraints imposed by government.

Our Club President, Geliya Chukmarova, has hosted an excellent series of virtual talks and was able to take advantage of a relaxation in the restrictions to hold a drinks party on the terrace of the National Liberal Club and her Installation Dinner in the Lloyd George Room there.

My own Livery, the Glaziers, has had to close its Hall, but the Master has organised a number of virtual lectures on the craft of stained glass.  These have been open to non-members on payment of a small charge.  Thanks to the ingenuity of the judges, our annual Stevens Competition for a commission to design a panel for a sponsor institution – this year Morden College – was conducted entirely on-line, with a virtual prizegiving last month.

The President’s Livery, the Fuellers, held a service in St Olave’s Church on All Saints’ Day followed by Lunch at Cote in St Katherine’s Dock, at which members booked their own tables.

The President of the City Livery Club has hosted plenty of virtual social events – one even involving a conjurer.  They had a virtual installation followed by a virtual Cocktail Party and their Christmas Lunch will be delivered to members in hampers.

Finally, the Information Technologists held a virtual Installation Banquet presided over by the Lord Mayor from the Mansion House. Caterers delivered food and wine to members’ homes and during the meal they were connected to five others – the same number that would surround you at a real banquet.  Everyone was connected for the speech delivered by the Lord Mayor in full fig. However, when he rose to speak, it became apparent that his ceremonial costume did not extend below the waist!

The City institutions have managed to carry on in the most difficult circumstances; but, like all of us, I am very much looking forward to the return of face-to-face activities as soon as they are permitted.

Clive Osborne