Harry Mirpuri is the Director of Research & Insight at London & Partners, the Mayor of London's official international promotional agency. The organisation aims to tell London's story brilliantly to an international audience by collaborating with partners who have a stake in London's international promotion. This commitment to collaboration extends across Europe and includes city to city partnerships, joint tourism campaigns, and business engagement to showcase that London is Open.

Harry leads a talented team of insight and research specialists whose role it is to understand audiences, gain new insights to help set strategy and to evaluate the impact of their activities. He has worked in Research & Insight across a number of sectors including financial services, energy, consumer services and broadcasting, a wide range of experience that he hopes will assist the work of the Knowledge Group. He is also a committed cyclist and is keen to enjoy a ride in every member city. Harry has also previously chaired AURA Insight, an association of over 500 insight and research buyers (www.aura.org.uk). He has therefore first-hand experience of leading specialist networking groups, to learn, support members to achieve their goals and to encourage collaboration on common issues & challenges.

"I am absolutely delighted to have been elected to Chair the ECM Research & Statistics Knowledge Group. The members are extremely engaged and we have a number of projects underway that enable us to learn, compare and meet our common challenges. Most members of the group are making an active contribution, strongly supported by ECM and our committed research partners. This high level of engagement is partly down to the great work of Olivier Ponti [the Vice-Chair then Chair for the last 12 years - Ed.]. We will do our best to keep his legacy alive as he moves on to pastures new." said Harry Mirpuri about his election.

"After many years being involved in the ECM Research & Statistics Knowledge Group, it is hard for me to step down. But, with the hard work of Lone Alletorp Callard [Head of Research at Wonderful Copenhagen - Ed.], Vice-Chair of the Group and the new Chair Harry Mirpuri as well as all the group members and our research partners, I am pretty confident that the Research & Statistics Knowledge Group will live on and grow to continue to identify promising research themes for members, to develop methodologies and innovative tools to answer questions and coordinate research activities within the network." added Olivier Ponti.