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Opening Session: A Commonwealth Vision

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Event Hosts
Victoria Rubadiri
Mark de Lisser
Date & Time
9:00am, 21 June 2022 - 9:45am, 21 June 2022
Location
Kigali, Rwanda
About the event

A creative expression on the theme: Delivering a Common Future: Our Health, Our Planet, Our Future.

Welcoming speech by a speaker of the Rwanda parliament.

Event Hosts
Victoria Rubadiri Event Host
Mark de Lisser Event Host
Event Host
Victoria Rubadiri

Victoria Rubadiri is an award-winning Kenyan journalist known for her ability to connect with audiences and tell compelling stories. She has worked in radio and television for over a decade, both in Kenya and the United States. Currently, she is a broadcaster on the Kenyan television channel, Citizen TV.

Victoria co-anchors the popular primetime news programme Sunday Live and anchors the Citizen Weekend news bulletin. Victoria has also appeared as a regular contributor on the BBC World Service’s radio programme Weekend, helping contextualise pressing matters impacting Africa. Her first voice-over was at the age of three and since then, the call to enter the media has never let her go. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Event Host
Mark de Lisser

Mark De-Lisser is one of the most respected & sought after choral directors & vocal coaches in the UK. Mark studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama before becoming a lecturer at The Brit School of Performing Arts, Academy of Contemporary Music & Westminster University. He then moved in to TV vocal coaching, working on the following shows: Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure (BBC1), The Masked Singer (ITV), The Voice (BBC1), Queen of the Universe (Paramount+), All Together Now (BBC1), Pitch Battle (BBC1), and Last Choir Standing (BBC1). Mark’s skills then turned to presenting and since 2019 has worked on the following shows incorporating both presenting and vocal coaching: Songs of Praise (BBC1), Commonwealth Youth Awards (Online), Children in Need (BBC1), and Meet The Street at Christmas (BBC1).

Since 2019, Mark has also been the Live Show Producer for The Virtual Big Sing, bringing tens of thousands of children together to sing with their idols (virtually). Artists featured in the Virtual Big Sing include Jessie J, the Kingdom Choir, MNEK, Becky Hill & Gabrielle. In addition to Mark’s vocal coaching roles listed above, he is also founder of Singology (the ever-growing London based community choir brand established in 2004 who featured as the first ever community choir to sing for the Queen’s Christmas speech in 2021), musical director of ACM Gospel Choir (featuring as semi-finalists in BBC show Last Choir Standing 2008 & winners of the Urban Music Award for Best Gospel Act in 2013), and arranger of the infamous Stand By Me arrangement performed by the Kingdom Choir at Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding 2018.

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Kigali, Rwanda
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