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Sir John Sorrell

United Kingdom

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John Sorrell has championed the UK’s creative industries for more than 50 years. With his wife Frances, he founded Newell and Sorrell, one of Europe’s most successful design businesses, and, in 1999, The Sorrell Foundation. The Foundation initiated the National Saturday Club, which gives young people across the UK the opportunity to study art and design, among other subjects, at their local college or university for free. John is a UK Business Ambassador and chairs the University of the Arts London. In 2014, he founded the Creative Industries Federation. He is co-founder and Chairman of the London Design Festival, and co-founder and President of the London Design Biennale. John was awarded a Knighthood in the 2008 New Year Honours List ‘for services to the Creative Industries’.

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