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Speaker Profile: Neena Gill

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Ms Neena Gill is a Labour Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, UK. On the 1st of January 2017 Ms Gill was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty the Queen for parliamentary and political service. Later on the 9th of January 2017, she was awarded a Pravasi Bharatiya Samman - the highest award given to non-Indians - for her contribution in the field of public service. July this year Neena was awarded honorary fellowship for her outstanding contribution to Public Service by Liverpool John Moores University. Currently in her third term, having previously served 1999-2009. She was the first Asian origin female parliamentarian to be elected in the UK and Europe. Her work in the European Parliament covers Economic and Monetary affairs, fighting for tax justice and addressing many Foreign Affairs concerns in particular human rights and democracy issues. Ms Gill is also First Vice-President of the India Delegation and was the Chair of the South Asian delegation and the India delegation. Ms Gill is a long standing campaigner on equality. Having been at the forefront of championing housing inclusion for Black and Asian communities. This resulted in the formation of the first Black and Asian led housing organisation, many of them are now mainstream housing providers. She was also instrumental in setting up the first female-only housing organisation. Ms Gill has served as CEO of two housing organisations as well as the Vice President of Corporate Affairs for a leading global software multinational.