AUSTIN – The first Muslim man to serve as mayor of a major Western capital has been announced as a keynote speaker during South by Southwest 2018.

The festival announced Sadiq Khan will speak on March 12, 2018. Khan was elected Mayor of London in May 2016, and previously served as a human rights lawyer and was elected as a member of parliament (MP) in 2005, later becoming a British Cabinet minister.

“I’m delighted to have accepted the invitation to speak at South by Southwest next year. South by Southwest is one of the world’s leading culture, media and technology festivals which has become a major global event for artists, business people and policy makers alike,” Khan said in a statement. “London is a hotspot for innovation, a launchpad for start-ups, and the home of many international tech giants. I look forward to sharing our experiences with some of the world’s most exciting businesses and thinkers, as well as to learn from them and exchange ideas. London is open to innovation, talent and investment, and I look forward to carrying that message to Austin next year.”

Khan joins a list of keynote speaker for SXSW 2018 that include directors Darren Aronofsky and Barry Jenkins, Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates, psychotherapist Esther Perel and Honest Dollar Founder whurley.

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