British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series 2017 and University of London

Thursday 06 April 2017

British Council and University of London


Enough of Experts:

Trust, credibility and the academy in a post truth age

A British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture -


Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG OBE - Chair, University of London Board of Trustees and Former Chief MI6

Professor Bob O'Keefe - Vice Principal and Dean of Management and Economics, Royal Holloway University of London

Dr Mary Stiasny - Pro Vice Chancellor (International) and Chief Executive, University of London International Programmes

Mr Emmanuel Daniel - Chairman and Founder, The Asian Banker

We hope that you can join us for our event on Thursday 6 April to explore the role of experts in a post-truth age.

Join Sir Richard Dearlove, Professor Bob O'Keefe, Dr Mary Stiasny and Mr Emmanuel Daniel at the National Gallery Singapore for a lively panel discussion to explore what has led us to a post-truth age, its potential impact, and what universities and higher education can do to help the world trust experts again.

Event details

When: Thursday 6 April 2017 from 18:30. Panel discussion to start at 19:00.

Where: The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium and Foyer, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrews Road, Singapore, 178957

Dress code: Smart casual

Following the event, there will be refreshments and a chance for networking in the beautiful surroundings of the National Gallery Singapore.

Please note: Timings may vary.

All registrations are subject to availability and accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. The Organizer however reserves the right to limit and/or refuse any registration without assigning any reason.

We will confirm all valid registrations with a reminder email. If you do not receive a reminder email but have a valid registration please email us at education@britishcouncil.org.sg.

About the Panellists:

Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG OBE

Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG OBE became Chair of the Board of Trustees on 1 August 2014.

Sir Richard, who has had a successful and distinguished career in government and education, joined MI6 in 1966 undertaking various overseas postings. He was appointed Director of Personnel and Administration in 1993, going on to become Director of Operations in 1994, before being promoted to Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in 1999. He retired from the Service in 2004.

Sir Richard was the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge from 2004 – 2015 and also served as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge between 2005 and 2010.

He is also Chairman of Ascot Underwriting at Lloyd’s of London and a Director of Kosmos Energy, a trustee of Kent School Connecticut and is a senior adviser to several international companies including AIG and an Honorary Fellow of Queens’ College Cambridge.

Professor Bob O'Keefe

Bob is Professor of Information Management, Dean of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Law, and Vice Principal for External Engagement. He joined RHUL in January 2012.

From 2002 through 2010 he was Head of School then Dean of the Faculty of Management & Law at the University of Surrey. He was previously Professor of Information Management at Brunel University, and an associate of Henley Management College. He has also held positions at the University of Kent, Virginia Tech, USA and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, and a visiting position at the University of Sydney. Prior to all this he was the first graduate from Lancaster University in (what is now called) the B.Sc. in Computer Business Modelling and completed a PhD in Operational Research at the University of Southampton.

Bob’s PhD was an early contribution to visual interactive simulation and interactive model building. His subsequent interests have been very diverse, but always at the intersection of modelling, decision support and the application of Information Technology. In the US, he worked on a NSF funded project on the process of modelling, and was part of a team that developed a method for assessing the operational quality of a SME. His present research and consulting interests are in the use of the Internet to support customer and consumer decision making. He is currently also revisiting previous research in behavioral OR, which has gained some recent attention.

Dr. Mary Stiasny OBE

Dr Mary Stiasny PhD MA(Ed) BSc OBE

Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) and Chief Executive of the University of London International Programmes

Throughout her career, Dr Mary Stiasny has worked tirelessly to both deliver and promote quality accessible education across the world.

Prior to becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Dr Stiasny provided strategic direction and leadership at the Institute of Education, in her capacity as Pro-Director with responsibility for Learning, Teaching and International.

Working life for Dr Stiasny began as a secondary school teacher in West London. She then joined Goldsmiths College, where she was involved in initial teacher education, becoming Director of PGCE and Deputy Head of the Department of Educational Studies. This was followed by a move to Oxford Brookes University, where she was appointed Deputy Head of the School of Education. She then returned to London, to become Head of the School of Education and Training at the University of Greenwich. Following this, she spent four years at the British Council as Director of Education and Training before joining the Institute of Education.

Dr Stiasny’s practical and strategic experience in education spans across a wide range of roles, including providing consultancy for a number of educational projects that have attracted external funding, and as an external examiner.

Mr Emmanuel Daniel

Emmanuel Daniel is the founder of The Asian Banker, the most respected financial services industry intelligence provider in the emerging markets. He is also the founder of The Banking Conversation, an online repository of interviews with a wide range of leaders and shapers of the global economy from a financial perspective. Established in September 1996, The Asian Banker has today become the most authoritative repository of benchmarking and evolving best practices in the financial services industry with a strong reputation worldwide.

He is the principal author of several reports and surveys that are widely used by practitioners. He has served in various government advisory committees on the financial services industry.He was previously a member of Council on Corporate Disclosure and Governance in Singapore. He also served as the non-accountant in the Ethics Sub-committee of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) of Singapore.

As an entrepreneur, he has previously served as a committee member in the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO), a prestigious grouping of young business owners worldwide and is an associate member of The Asia Society. Emmanuel was awarded the prestigious Citibank Excellence in Journalism Award for the Asian region in February 1999 for his work in determining the impact of the Internet on banking.

He was trained as a lawyer, has degrees from the National University of Singapore and the University of London, and attended a course on economics at Columbia University in New York. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1962, he currently divides his time between Singapore and Beijing.

For further information about this event, please email education@britishcouncil.org.sg