British Council and University of Birmingham present three 10-min Lectures ©

British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series 2016

Wednesday 02 November 2016 -
18:30 to 21:00
British Council and University of Birmingham present 'The 10-Minute Lectures'

British Council and University of Birmingham


The 10-Minute Lectures

Part of the British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series

Join the British Council and University of Birmingham on Wednesday 2nd November for ‘The 10-minute Lectures’

Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Saul Becker will be host for the evening and the three TED-style lectures delivered by leading University of Birmingham academics will cover topics ranging from diversity, enterprise and leadership development, to the future roles and skills of the ‘21st century public servant,’ and the politics of development.

Speakers and topics:

Professor Kiran Trehan - Diversity Crisis, and Charisma: A Critical Time for Leadership? Kiran is Director of External Engagement; Academic Director for the Centre for Women’s Enterprise and Leadership (CWEL); and Co- Director of The Enterprise and Diversity Alliance (EDA)

Catherine Mangan - The 21st Century Public Servant. Catherine is Director of the Public Service Academy and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Local Government Studies

Niheer Dasandi - Coalition Reform: Bureaucrats, Politicians and Actors. Niheer is a Birmingham Fellow in Government and Society and Research Fellow at the DLP (Developmental Leadership Program)

Location and Timings:

The event will be held at the Seminar Room. Civil Service College (31 North Buona Vista Road, Singapore 275983) from 6.30pm to 9.00pm and is free of charge. 

6.30 p.m.  – Arrival and registration of attendees

6.50  p.m. – Introduction by Professor Saul Becker

7.00 p.m. - The 10-Minute Lectures - Three 10 Minutes talks will commence

7.30 p.m. – Question and Answer Session chaired by Professor Saul Becker

8.00 p.m.  – Networking and Reception


Professor Saul Becker is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham and Professor of Social Policy and Social Work. Saul’s responsibilities as Head of College involve defining and delivering the academic strategy for social sciences in relation to research, teaching, knowledge exchange, business engagement, internationalisation and impact. This responsibility encompasses the Schools of Business, Education, Government and Society and Social Policy.

Saul is a member of the University Executive Board and in this capacity, he contributes to the formulation and implementation of corporate strategy for the University. Saul has previously held Chairs at Loughborough, Birmingham and Nottingham Universities and was Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at Nottingham for nearly five years, where he was also Faculty Director of Research for the Social Sciences and Assistant Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation. He was the Chairperson of the UK Social Policy Association for four years.

Saul is a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences and of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a member of the REF2014 Sub-panel 22 for Social Work and Social Policy and is the Founding Series Editor for the Policy PressUnderstanding Welfare book series. Saul is also a qualified and Registered Social Worker.


Kiran Trehan is Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development at Birmingham University and Co- Director of the Enterprise Diversity Alliance. Kiran is a key contributor to debates on leadership, enterprise and diversity, and how they can be applied in a variety of organisational, small business and policy domains. She has led a number of leadership development initiatives and extensively published a number of journal articles, policy reports, books and book chapters in the field. Her current research focuses on applying critical leadership approaches with entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and the role of human, social and financial  capital in developing business growth.. Professor Trehan   work has been supported by grants from a full range of research funding bodies; including research councils (ESRC, AHRC), government departments, regional and local agencies and the private sector. Professor Trehan is Editor of Action learning, and has been Guest Editor in a range of reputable journals, and has taken up national advisory roles that shape debates and policy in leadership, and enterprise development. Professor Trehan academic work has achieved national and international research reputation and as a result led to a number of visiting fellowships.

Catherine Mangan is the Director of the Public Services Academy and leads the consultancy work for INLOGOV at the University of Birmingham.  She has a particular research interest in delivering change within the public sector and her areas of interest include the integration of health and social care and developing the future workforce and leadership (she is a facilitator on the LGA's National Graduate Development Programme).  Catherine is a qualified executive leadership coach and is an experienced facilitator and developer of leadership programmes.  Catherine joined INLOGOV from OPM, a not for profit research and consultancy organisation, where she managed the organisational development and change work; specialising in local government.   Previously Catherine was Deputy Director of the County Councils Network (CCN), which supports and advises chief executives and elected members in multi-tier areas.  Catherine managed the policy work for the network; specialising in performance, adult social care, children’s services and partnership and governance.   Catherine worked for the Local Government Association for five years, developing and supporting the implementation of national policy.

Dr Niheer Dasandi is a Birmingham Fellow in the School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham. He has a PhD in Political Science from University College London, and has previously worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Since 2013 he has worked with the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP). His research focuses on the politics of reform processes in developing countries and on donor engagement with politics, and has been published in highly ranked academic journals. 


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