Speakers and panellists for the 2017 Challenges of Government Conference include senior public and private sector leaders from across the globe, world-class academics, innovators, and civil society practitioners.
Biographies for conference speakers and session chairs are available to view below.
Mr Nana Kwasi Agyekum Dwamena Head of Civil Service, Ghana
Nana Agyekum Dwamena, the Executive Secretary of the Management Services Department from 2011-2013, was appointed as the Head of Ghana’s Civil Service on 2 January 2014. His career as a Civil Servant spans over a period of 28 years, starting as a Management Analyst in 1988 at the Management Services Department (MSD). Between 1995 and 2005, Nana Agyekum Dwamena worked as the Head of the Reform Co-ordinating Unit and the Director of the Performance Management Division, all of the Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS), Ghana. His role was to organize and ensure the implementation of Civil Service Reforms and Performance Management Improvement Initiatives.
Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, CON Founder and Chairman, Africa Initiative for Governance
Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede is a lawyer, investment banker, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the Founder and Chairman of Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG), a not-for-profit organisation established to be a catalyst for the transformation of Africa’s public sector by connecting proven private sector innovation, leadership and funding to an amenable public sector in a private-public partnership, to attract, inspire and support future leaders of the public sector. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede is also the Founder and Chairman of Coronation Capital Nigeria Limited, an Africa-focused private equity and proprietary investment firm established in 2014. His career in banking and finance spans three decades and has earned him national as well as international recognition including Commander of the Order of the Niger “CON”, conferred by the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for his contributions to the development of banking and finance, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (West Africa) and African Banker magazine’s “African Banker of the Year”.
Mr Eric Beinhocker Executive Director, INET Oxford, University of Oxford
Eric Beinhocker is the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. INET Oxford is a research center devoted to applying leading-edge interdisciplinary approaches to economic theory and public policy practice. At Oxford Beinhocker is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Supernumerary Fellow in Economics at Oriel College. He is also an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute and a Visiting Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest. Prior to joining Oxford, Beinhocker had an 18-year career at McKinsey & Company where he was a partner and held leadership roles in McKinsey’s Strategy Practice, its Climate Change and Sustainability Practice, and the McKinsey Global Institute. Beinhocker writes frequently on economic, business, and public policy issues and he is the author The Origin of Wealth: The Radical Remaking of Economics and What it Means for Business and Society.
Mr Eric Braverman President, Eric and Wendy Schmidt Group
Eric Braverman is President of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Group, where he directs the family office and oversees both philanthropic and non-investment efforts for Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at Yale. From 1997 to 2013, Braverman was a partner and consultant at McKinsey & Company. Named by Fortune magazine in 2010 as one of the “40 Most Influential Leaders in Business” worldwide under 40 years old, he co-founded the firm’s public sector practice. In 2013 he became Chief Executive Officer of the Clinton Foundation and led the Foundation’s worldwide operations from 2013 to 2015. Braverman also served as an advisor on performance management and technology for President Obama's transition team in 2008. Braverman serves on the boards of various organizations, including Arena Stage, the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation, the Mory’s Association, and the Schmidt Ocean Institute. He earned his B.A. summa cum laude from Yale and his J.D. from the Yale Law School.
Dr Geraldine Buckingham Global Head of Corporate Strategy, BlackRock
Geraldine Buckingham, Senior Managing Director, is Global Head of Corporate Strategy at BlackRock and a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee. She is responsible for helping BlackRock develop and implement long-term goals and respond to the competitive financial services landscape. She previously served as Head of Americas Corporate Strategy. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Dr Buckingham was a partner with McKinsey & Company’s financial services practice based in New York. She worked primarily with large global asset managers, with additional experience in wealth management and private equity, as well as functional expertise in strategy and organization. Dr Buckingham received the Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University, where she earned a Master of Philosophy degree in Comparative Social Policy. She earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degrees from Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia.
Mr Koushik Chatterjee Group Executive Director (Finance and Corporate), Tata Steel
Koushik Chatterjee is a Commerce Graduate from University of Calcutta and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He joined Tata Steel in 1995 and has been in the Tata Group since then. Koushik was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer in 2004 and in November 2012 was appointed as the Whole Time Director on the Board of Tata Steel. Since September 2013, he has been the Group Executive Director (Finance, Corporate & Europe) with expanded responsibilities of the European Business and the corporate functions across the Tata Steel Group globally, including Strategic Procurement, Information Technology, Legal and Governance, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Global Mining portfolio and new ventures. Koushik was declared one of India’s best CFOs by Business Today magazine in 2005 and 2006 and by CNBC in 2007 and 2012. In 2009, he was awarded the best Indian executive by Asiamoney. .
Professor Sir Paul Collier Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government
Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war, the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural resources rich societies, urbanisation in low-income countries, private investment in African infrastructure, and changing organisational cultures. He is currently a Professeur Invité at Sciences Po, and a Director of the International Growth Centre; he has also acted as Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank. He has written for numerous top-tier publications, and recent books include award-winning The Bottom Billion, Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places, and Exodus: How migration is changing our world. In 2014, Paul Collier received a knighthood for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa.
Professor Pepper Culpepper Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government
Pepper Culpepper is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School. His research focuses on the intersection between capitalism and democracy, both in politics and in public policy. Prior to coming to the Blavatnik School, he taught at the European University Institute and at the Harvard Kennedy School. His book Quiet Politics and Business Power: Corporate Control in Europe and Japan was awarded the 2012 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research. He is the author of Creating Cooperation and co-editor of Changing France and of The German Skills Machine. His work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Politics & Society, Socio-Economic Review, World Politics, Revue Française de Science Politique, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, West European Politics, and Journal of European Public Policy, among others. A former Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford, he has also held long-term visiting appointments in France, Germany, and Japan.
Mr Jonathan Day Vice Chairman, Tapestry Networks
Jonathan Day is an advisor and coach to chairmen, CEOs and heads of major government agencies. He has worked extensively with groups of senior leaders tackling difficult and potentially divisive questions, developing a global reputation for expertise in organization and governance, strategic problem solving and complex team interventions. He has deep academic experience, including collaborations with top research professors, and is an expert at translating leading-edge theory into practical action programs that build institutions. Before Tapestry, Jonathan was a practice managing partner, EMEA, at Heidrick & Struggles, where he worked in leadership consulting and executive search in the CEO/Board and higher education practices. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, he spent nearly two decades in leading management consulting firms, first as principal at McKinsey & Company from 1990 to 2004 and then as managing director at Monitor Group from 2004 to 2008.
Professor Stefan Dercon Professor of Economic Policy, Blavatnik School of Government
Stefan Dercon lectures on economic policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, and is a Fellow of Jesus College, as well as the Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economics. He is a development economist, who applies microeconomics and statistics to problems of development, and researches risk and poverty, the foundations of growth in poor societies, and agriculture and rural institutions, amongst others. Professor Dercon continues to hold the post of Chief Economist at the Department of International Development while remaining active in teaching and research at Oxford. Prior to this, he was Programme Director at the World Institute of Development Economics at the United Nations University, a Tenured Professor of Development Economics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the Lead Academic for the Ethiopia country programme at the International Growth Centre. He is also involved in a number of intervention-based research projects in Africa. .
Mr Tim Dixon Co-Founder, Purpose Europe
Tim Dixon is a social entrepreneur and communications strategist who helps build social movements around the world. He is the co-founder of Purpose Europe, and has helped start and grow social movement organisations to combat populism and xenophobia (More in Common), protect civilians in Syria (The Syria Campaign), engage citizens in the peace process in Colombia (Movilizatorio), as well as working on initiatives to combat modern day slavery, promote gun control in the US, reduce inequality and engage faith communities in social justice issues. He trained as an economist and tech sector lawyer, worked as chief speechwriter and senior economic adviser for Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, and built a leading Australian educational publishing business that was bought by Pearson in 2004. He serves on the board of the Chifley Research Centre (Australia), the International Budget Partnership (US), the Jo Cox Foundation (UK), the Syria Campaign (UK), and faith-based justice organisation Sojourners (US).
Senator Russell Feingold Former US Senator from Wisconsin
Russell Feingold served as a United States Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011 and a Wisconsin State Senator from 1983 to 1993. From 2013 to 2015, he served as President Obama's United States Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In addition to his congressional and diplomatic career, Senator Feingold has taught or lectured at Stanford University and Stanford University Law School, Lawrence University, Marquette University Law School, American University, and Beloit College. He will be a visiting professor at Yale University Law School in the fall. Russ is also a regular contributor to The Guardian. Senator Feingold holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Dr David Fine Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
David Fine is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and the global leader of the firm’s Public and Social Sector Practice. In his 21 years with the firm, David has advised clients in a range of industries including the public sector, banking, transport and logistics, mining, utilities and oil and gas. David was the first South African to join McKinsey’s Johannesburg office when it opened in 1995, after the end of apartheid, and has remained committed to the development of South Africa and the African continent. He has worked closely with government leaders, social sector organisations and private sector champions on issues related to economic development, infrastructure, education, social development and public health topics, among many others. David has authored a number of articles and research reports on these topics and has received multiple awards for his business leadership and contributions to the communities in which he has lived and worked.
Professor Archon FungAcademic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship, Harvard Kennedy School
Archon Fung is the Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research explores policies, practices and institutional designs that deepen the quality of democratic governance. He focuses on public participation, deliberation, and transparency. He co-directs the Transparency Policy Project and leads democratic governance programs of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School. His books include Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency and Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy. He has authored five books, four edited collections and over fifty articles appearing in professional journals. He received two S.B.s — in philosophy and physics — and his Ph.D. in political science from MIT.
Dr Thomas Hale Associate Professor in Public Policy (Global Public Policy), Blavatnik School of Government
Thomas Hale’s research explores how we can manage transnational problems effectively and fairly. He seeks to explain how political institutions evolve–or not–to face the challenges raised by globalization and interdependence, with a particular emphasis on environmental and economic issues. He holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, a Master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and an AB in public policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. A US national, Hale has studied and worked in Argentina, China, and Europe. His books include Between Interests and Law: The Politics of Transnational Commercial Disputes, Transnational Climate Change Governance, and Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation Is Failing when We Need It Most.
Professor Arlie Russell Hochschild Professor Emerita, University of California @ Berkeley
Arlie Russell Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. Her latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the author of several books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Her work appears in sixteen languages. The winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants, she lives in Berkeley, California.
Dr Emily Jones Associate Professor in Public Policy (Global Economic Governance), Blavatnik School of Government
Emily Jones, Associate Professor in Public Policy and a Fellow of University College and academic coordinator of the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship Programme, focuses her research on examining government practices in asymmetric negotiations in the global economy, investigating the ways in which small developing countries exert influence even in highly asymmetric negotiations. She is the director of the Global Economic Governance Programme. Prior to joining the Blavatnik School, Dr Jones worked in Ghana's Ministry of Trade and Industry, for Oxfam GB, and for the UK Department for International Development. She is a regular contributor to the World Trade Organization’s advanced policy training course, and has acted as a consultant for a range of international organisations including for the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Overseas Development Institute, the German Marshall Fund, and Oxfam International. In 2015, Dr Jones was invited to join the E15 Expert Group on trade and finance.
Ms Kate JosephsDirector of National Operations, Academies Regional Delivery Group, UK Department for Education
Kate Josephs is the Director of National Operations for the Academies Regional Delivery Group in the Department for Education. Prior to joining the Department, Kate was Executive Director of the White House Performance Improvement Council, working across US Government Agencies – on priorities from veterans’ affairs to STEM education – with a mission to advance and expand the practice of performance analytics and improvement. Kate’s career as a senior leader in the UK civil service also includes three years as Deputy Director in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, where she worked to improve performance on priorities across a broad range of Government departments.
Dr Donald Kaberuka Co-Chair, Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development
Donald Kaberuka is former President of the African Development Bank Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He stepped down on September 1, 2015 and is considered as one of the most transformational leaders at the Bank. Kaberuka was Minister of Finance of Rwanda for eight years (1997-2005) leading the economic team with the government of Rwanda. In that capacity, he served as Governor for Rwanda for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Prior to becoming Finance Minister of Rwanda, Kaberuka worked in the private sector in the commodities business, including a term as Chief Economist of the Inter-African Coffee Organization. Kaberuka currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum, the Mandela Institute (Minds) and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation; and chairs the Global Advisory Council of the African Leadership University (ALU). He is also a member of several international panels on finance and development.
Professor Robert Klitgaard University Professor, Claremont Graduate University
Robert Klitgaard is a University Professor at Claremont Graduate University, where he served as President from 2005-2009. Formerly Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a professor at Yale and Harvard, Klitgaard advises governments and institutions around the world on public policy and administrative reform. Among his nine books are Tropical Gangsters, which was one of The New York Times Book Review’s Books of the Century, and Choosing Elites, which was featured in The Harvard Guide to Influential Books. His books Controlling Corruption and Corrupt Cities: A Practical Guide to Cure and Prevention have been translated into 18 languages.
Dr Clare Leaver Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government
Clare Leaver is Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, and a Fellow of University College. Her research is centred on careers and incentives within the public sector, and she is currently focused on incentives for educators in low and middle-income countries. Previously, Dr Leaver has looked at the effectiveness of paying for locally monitored teacher presence in Uganda, and the welfare consequences of school ‘supply-side’ responses to the Right to Education Act in India. She is the Director of the Service Delivery Programme at the Oxford Institute for Global Economic Development, and Research Coordinator of the Research into Improving Systems of Education Programme. Prior to her appointment at the Blavatnik School, Dr Leaver was a University Lecturer in Economics in the Department of Economics at Oxford, and Fellow of The Queen’s College.
Hon Leany Barreiro de Sousa Lemos Secretary of State for Planning, Budget and Management, Brasilia
Leany Barreiro Lemos holds a Masters in Political Science (1998) and a Doctorate in Comparative Studies on the Americas (2005), both granted by the University of Brasilia, Brazil. She was an APSA/Fullbright Congressional Fellow (2003-2004); Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University (2003-2004); Visiting Research Associate at the Centre for Brazilian Studies and St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford (2006); and Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow (2009-2011). For her dissertation on Legislative Control in Presidential Democracies: Brazil and United States in Comparative Perspective, she won the Best Doctoral Dissertation Prize 2005-2006, awarded by the Latin American Political Science Association. She has served as a senior official in the Federal Senate since 1993, and is currently on leave from serving as Secretary of Planning, Budget and Management for the Federal District, Brazil.
Mr Nick Lovegrove Partner, Brunswick
Nick Lovegrove joined Brunswick in 2014 – initially as US Managing Partner, and more recently as the global leader of the Client Review process. He spent over 30 years with McKinsey & Company. From 2006 to 2012 he served as Managing Partner of McKinsey’s Washington, DC Office. Before that he led the UK and European practices in Media and Technology. In 2001, Nick was appointed as a senior advisor to the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in 10 Downing Street. He also served as a Board Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and of TeachFirst, which he helped to found. He has continued his involvement in the public and non-profit with Venture Philanthropy Partners and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. He is the author of The Mosaic Principle: The Six Dimensions of a Remarkable Life and Career. He speaks widely on the issues of professional and personal development raised by his book.
Ms Thulisile (Thuli) N. Madonsela Chief Patron, Thuli Madonsela Foundation
Thulisile (Thuli) Nomkhosi Madonsela is the Chief Patron of the Thuli Madonsela Foundation and is currently a Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow for the year 2017. Upon her return to South Africa, she will take up a chair in social justice at the Law Faculty at Stellenbosch University. Adv. Madonsela is the former Public Protector of the Republic of South Africa, serving as the head of this Chapter Nine Institution for a seven-year term. In that time she was conferred with four honourary doctorates of law from Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare. Adv. Madonsela has received various awards and recognition during and since her time in office as the Public Protector. She was also named amongst Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2014 and as Forbes Africa’s Person of the Year in 2016. She has had extensive involvement in international human rights work.
Professor Anandi Mani Professor of Behavioural Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government
Anandi Mani is Professor of Behavioural Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. Her research interests are in the area of Development Economics, with a specific focus on issues related to the behavioural economics of poverty and social exclusion, gender issues and public good provision. She is also a Research Affiliate at Ideas42, a think tank for Behavioural Economics at Harvard University, and a Fellow at the centre for Comparative Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick. Her recent work has been published in prominent economics journals, and has also featured in leading newspapers including the New York Times and the Guardian as well as the BBC.
Mr Tarek MansourPartner, McKinsey & Company
Tarek Mansour currently leads McKinsey’s Citizen Centric Government service line and the Future Social Contract initiative. He has 16 years of experience serving governments and the private sector, with a focus on providing deep insights into understanding citizens and customers, and economic development. This has included extensive work on government transformation, private sector-led investment and human capital. His recent experience includes helping governments to identify “citizen-back” policy priorities, develop a national female employment master plan, and define foreign trade policy in the new world. He has also helped to develop the concept design of an investment incentive package using market mechanisms for maximizing local GDP contribution. He is co-author of McKinsey on Cooperatives, a compendium on the economic contribution opportunities of cooperatives, and a contributing author of Retail Marketing and Branding: A definitive guide to maximizing ROI. Prior to McKinsey, Tarek was at Merrill Lynch where he focused on balance sheet restructuring.
Mr Frank Mattern Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
Frank Mattern is a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company and has served global corporations for more than 25 years. He is McKinsey & Company’s Global Head of Recruiting and Chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute. He studied business administration at Münster University and at the London School of Economics, and earned his MBA from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). In 1990, he began his consulting career with McKinsey. He co-founded McKinsey’s information technology practice, the Business Technology Office (BTO) in 1997 and led the BTO worldwide until 2006. Between 2007 and 2013, he was Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company's German office. From 2014 to 2015, he led the Firm's functional practices. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hertie School of Governance, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hertie Foundation, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Advisory Council of the European School of Management & Technology.
Professor Colin Mayer CBE FBA Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Colin Mayer is the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is a Professorial Fellow and Sub-Warden of Wadham College, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the European Corporate Governance Institute, and the Royal Society of Arts. He is a member of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, and the International Advisory Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to business education and the administration of justice in the economic sphere. Colin Mayer was the first professor at the Saïd Business School in 1994, the Peter Moores Dean of the Business School between 2006 and 2011, and the first Director of the Oxford Financial Research Centre between 1998 and 2005.
Mr Calum Miller Chief Operating Officer, Blavatnik School of Government
Calum Miller is responsible for the administration of the Blavatnik School of Government. Reporting to the Dean, he has oversight of academic and student services, finance, human resources, facilities and external relations. Calum joined the School in July 2012 from his former post as Principal Private Secretary to the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. Calum spent 13 years in the UK civil service, during which time he worked in the Treasury, the Cabinet Office, the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development. Much of his work has been in global economic policy-making, including international development finance, international energy market analysis and multilateral trade. He has travelled widely, representing the UK in international negotiations, and worked for the UK’s Permanent Representation to the European Union. Calum has also advised on domestic policy issues and served from 2009-2010 as Principal Private Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary and head of the UK Civil Service.
Dr Geoff Mulgan CBE Chief Executive, Nesta
Geoff Mulgan has been Chief Executive of Nesta since 2011. Nesta is the UK's innovation foundation and runs a wide range of activities in investment, practical innovation programmes and research. Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office. From 2004 to 2011 Geoff was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation. He was the first director and co-founder of the think-tank Demos; Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP and reporter on BBC TV and radio. He has been a visiting professor at LSE, UCL and Melbourne University and is currently a senior visiting scholar at Harvard University. He is also currently chair of the Studio Schools Trust and the Social Innovation Exchange. His most recent book is The Locust and the Bee, 2013. His next book focuses on the theory and practice of collective intelligence.
Mr Patrick O'Flynn UK Independence Party MEP
Patrick O'Flynn is a UKIP MEP for the Eastern region. Prior to being elected in May 2014, Patrick was UKIP Director of Communications and also served as Campaign Director for the party's victorious European elections campaign. Before then Patrick was the longstanding Chief Political Commentator of the Daily Express and instigated that newspaper's campaign to have Britain leave the European Union. He also served as political editor of the Express in an 18-year career with the newspaper group. During 25 years as a newspaper journalist, Patrick also worked for the Hull Daily Mail, the Birmingham Post and the Sunday Express. Since becoming an MEP in May, Patrick has become a leading voice of opposition to the euro on the European Parliament's economic committee, making a series of speeches denouncing the single currency's impact upon the nations of southern Europe.
Ms Swati Ramanathan Co-founder, Jana Group
Swati Ramanathan is co-founder of Jana Group, a clutch of social enterprises in India, collectively committed to deepening democratic engagement, urban transformation, and financial inclusion. She serves actively on committees of various municipal, state, and national governments. Ms Ramanathan was honored by the Government of Rajasthan with the Rajyotsava Puraskar for her work on the Jaipur 2025 Master plan, and Guaranteed Land Title Certification. She and her husband have been honored with the Social Entrepreneurs Award by Forbes India. Ms Ramanathan has been named a Young Asian Leader by the Asia Society. Ms Ramanathan was honoured by the National Democratic Institute in Washinton DC, with the Democracy and Civic Innovator Award, for the use of social media and mobile and internet technology for civic participation. Ms Ramanathan holds a BS from India, and an MS from Pratt Institute for Planning Architecture and Design, N.Y.
Professor Karthik Ramanna Professor of Business and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government
Karthik Ramanna is Professor of Business and Public Policy and Director of the Master of Public Policy Programme at the Blavatnik School of Government. Karthik joined Oxford after nearly a decade on the faculty of Harvard Business School. At Harvard, he also held the Henry B. Arthur Fellowship in ethics, the Marvin Bower Fellowship recognizing innovative faculty research, and a visiting fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government. Additionally, he is a faculty associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Karthik’s scholarship explores the role of business leadership in shaping the basic rules that govern capital-market societies. His book Political Standards studies the political and economic forces that have shaped corporate financial reporting standards over the last 30 years. Karthik has authored over two-dozen HBS case materials and over a dozen original research articles in leading professional outlets. His scholarship has won awards from numerous bodies such as the American Accounting Association.
Ms Theresa Reno-Weber President and CEO, Metro United Way
Theresa Reno-Weber became President and CEO of Metro United Way in January 2017. She most recently served as the first Chief of Performance and Technology for Louisville Metro Government, where she oversaw the Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation, the Department of Information Technology and the Department of Human Resources. Theresa co-launched Louisville’s internationally recognized LouieStat program. She has spoken both internationally and nationally on the subjects of performance management, data-driven decision making and culture change and co-authored a chapter in Beyond Transparency. In 2015, Government Technology named her one of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers. In 2016, Theresa received the Best of Kentucky Visionary Award. A graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and former Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard, Theresa earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and previously worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.
Professor Louise Richardson AAS ACSS FRSE RIIA Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford
Louise Richardson is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. She previously served as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews. A political scientist by training, Professor Richardson received a BA in History from Trinity College, Dublin, an MA in Political Science from UCLA, and an MA and PhD in Government from Harvard University. Professor Richardson’s research specialises in international security with a particular emphasis on terrorist movements. Her work has been widely recognised through the awarding, amongst others, of prizes such as the Sumner Prize for work towards the prevention of war and the establishment of universal peace. She also holds a number of honorary doctorates. Professor Richardson serves on several not-for profit boards including the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Booker Prize Foundation.
Professor Bo Rothstein Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government
Before coming to Oxford, where he is a Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College, Bo Rothstein held the August Röhss Chair in Political Science at University of Gothenburg where he was co-founder and head of the Quality of Government Institute. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, Collegium Budapest for Advanced Study, Harvard University, University of Washington-Seattle, Cornell University, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, the Australian National University, and Stanford University. Professor Rothstein is the author of Corruption and the Opposite of Corruption and co-author of Making Sense of Corruption. Other titles include The Quality of Government: Corruption, Inequality and Social Trust in International Perspective, and Social Traps and the Problem of Trust. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, has been awarded a Leading Scholars grant by the Swedish Science Council, and received an Advanced Research Grant from the European Research Council.
Dr Yinbiao Shu Chairman, State Grid Corporation of China
Yinbiao Shu, with high international prestige, has been long devoted in the management and research on power planning, construction, and dispatching, large grid control, UHV grid, smart grid, renewable energy development and international business. Dr. Shu once served as President of the State Grid Construction Company, as well as Executive Vice President and President of the State Grid Corporation of China. Since his appointment as top executive of the company, Dr. Shu has attached great importance to corporate management and technology innovation. Major breakthroughs have been made in grid development, corporate performance, technical innovation, with large grid security level topping the world. As Vice President of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), one of the world's three major international standard development organizations, Dr. Shu leads the Market Strategy Board (MSB) to orientate emerging technologies and market trends, identify priorities in the new areas, and compiles IEC development strategy and planning as well as strategic policies.
Ms Hu Shuli Editor-in-Chief, Caixin Media
Hu Shuli is Editor-in-Chief of Caixin Media, and Professor at the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-sen University. Internationally recognized for her achievements in journalism, Hu Shuli was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune in 2017. She was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Princeton University in 2016. She was also awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2014 and the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism in 2012, and was listed among the Top 100 Influential People of 2011 by Time magazine. She was twice named one of Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine; in 2009 and 2010. Under her leadership, the Caixin editorial team won the 2011 Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford University. Hu Shuli serves as a member on the Reuters Editorial Advisory Board. She is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum, and a regional advisor for the International Center for Journalists.
Dr Thomas Simpson Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government
Thomas Simpson, who joined the Blavatnik School from Cambridge University, is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, and a Senior Research Fellow at Wadham College. He is one of the AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers for 2017. His research is focused around trust, both its theory and practical applications. He also works on questions raised by information and computing technologies on the ethics of war. Between degrees, Dr Simpson acted as an officer with the Royal Marines Commandos, serving in Northern Ireland as a Troop Commander with 45 Commando. He was also aide-de-camp to the senior UK General in Baghdad, and an intelligence and operations officer with HQ 3 Commando Brigade RM when it led the UK Task Force in Helmand Province.
Dr Bryan Stevenson Founder and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
Bryan Stevenson has challenged unfair prosecution and sentencing of the poor, people of colour and children throughout his career. In 1989 he founded the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), of which he is now the executive director. The EJI is a non-profit law organisation which campaigns against racial and economic bias in the criminal justice system and aims to protect the human rights of the most vulnerable people. Under Dr Stevenson’s leadership, the EJI has won major legal challenges including reversals, relief or release of more than 115 prisoners on death row. Dr Stevenson is a Professor of Law at New York University. He has been awarded many honours, including the Olof Palme Prize for International Human Rights (2000) and the Gruber Foundation International Justice Prize (2009), and has received honorary degrees from more than 25 universities. His book Just Mercy was a New York Times Bestseller and received many awards.
Dr Damian Tambini Research Director, Department of Media and Communications, LSE
Damian Tambini is an expert in media and communications regulation and policy, and active in policymaking as well as academic research. He is frequently called to give evidence to parliamentary committees and provide formal and informal policy advice to government. In July 2012 he was called to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. From 2014-2015 he served on the UK Government Expert Panel advising on the value of electromagnetic spectrum, and from 2009-2010 he served on the Communications Consumer Panel. Dr Tambini is Research Director of the Department of Media and Communications, Chair of the Research Committee, Director of the Media Policy Project and programme director of the MSc in Media and Communications (Governance) at LSE. Dr Tambini’s research interests include media and telecommunications policy and democratic communication. He is the author of many articles on media and communications regulation and policy and author or editor of several books.
Professor Yuli Tamir Former Minister of Immigrant Absorption and Education, Israel
Yael (Yuli) Tamir is the President of Shenkar College. She was a deputy speaker of the Knesset and served as Israel's Minister of Immigration (1999-2001) and Minister of Education (2006-2009). Tamir received her BA and MA from the Hebrew University, and her Ph.D. in political philosophy from Oxford University. She was a professor at Tel-Aviv University and a visiting professor and a scholar-in-residence at Princeton, Harvard, The University of Pennsylvania, the Central European University in Budapest and New York University. Tamir is the author of Liberal-Nationalism, Rethinking Education and Who is Afraid of Equality: on Society the Education in Israel, and of numerous articles in the fields of moral and political philosophy, philosophy of education, feminism and human rights. She is the editor of Democratic Education in a Multicultural State and Moral and Political Education. Tamir is a founding member of the Israeli peace movement "Peace Now" and served as the chairperson of the Israeli Association of Civil Rights.
Dr Maya Tudor Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government
Maya Tudor’s research investigates the origins of stable, democratic and effective states across the developing world, with a particular emphasis upon South Asia. She has held Fellowships at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Oxford’s Centre for the Study of Inequality and Democracy. Her book, The Promise of Power, based upon her 2010 dissertation, won the American Political Science Association’s Gabriel Almond Prize for the Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics. It investigates the origins of India and Pakistan’s regime divergence in the aftermath of colonial independence. Before embarking on an academic career, Dr Tudor worked as a Special Assistant to Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz at the World Bank, at UNICEF, in the United States Senate, and at the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee.
Dr Martin Williams Associate Professor in Public Management, Blavatnik School of Government
Martin Williams is an Associate Professor in Public Management at the Blavatnik School of Government, and Research Fellow at Green Templeton College. His research is on management, policy implementation, and political economy, mostly focused on Africa. His work involves close collaboration with governments to answer questions that are of interest to policymakers and academics alike, such as why some ministries work better than others. Prior to joining the Blavatnik School, Martin was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College London, Department of Economics, and completed his PhD in the Government Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Martin previously worked as an economist in Ghana's Ministry of Trade and Industry as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow and was a Senior Researcher at the Economic Policy Research Institute in Cape Town. Martin also holds MSc degrees in African Studies and Economics for Development from Oxford University, and a BA in Economics from Williams College.
Professor Jonathan Wolff Blavatnik Professor of Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government
Jonathan Wolff is the Blavatnik Chair in Public Policy in association with Wolfson College. He was formerly Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Arts and Humanities at UCL. He is a political philosopher who works on questions of equality, disadvantage and social justice. His work in recent years has also turned to applied topics such as public safety, disability, gambling, and the regulation of recreational drugs, which he has discussed in his books Ethics and Public Policy: A Philosophical Inquiry and The Human Right to Health. He has had a long-standing interest in health and health promotion, including questions of justice in health care resource allocation, the social determinants of health, and incentives and health behaviour. He has been a member of the Nuffield Council of Bioethics, the Academy of Medical Science working party on Drug Futures, the Gambling Review Body and the Homicide Review Group.
Professor Ngaire Woods Dean, Blavatnik School of Government
Ngaire Woods is the inaugural Dean at the Blavatnik School of Government, and Professor of Global Economic Governance. Her research focuses on global economic governance, the challenges of globalisation, global development, and the role of international institutions. She founded, and is the Director of, the Global Economic Governance Programme, and co-founded the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship programme. Prior to joining Oxford, Professor Woods acted as an advisor to the IMF Board, to the UNDP’s Human Development Report, and to the Commonwealth Heads of Government. She was a presenter for the Analysis Programme on BBC Radio 4, and has presented her own BBC TV series on public policy. She is currently a Rhodes Trustee and a Non-Executive Director of Arup, as well as a member of the Advisory Group for the Center for Global Development, the Board of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the Academic and Policy Board of Oxonia.