Lenses on Leadership 

Diploma Alumni Forum

20 - 21 September 2018

We are delighted to welcome Oxford Saïd Diploma alumni and guests to the 2018 Diploma Alumni Forum. 

Under the umbrella of Lenses on Leadership, this forum will debate the impact of new technology on our working lives and on the way businesses are run. In particular, will scientific, technological, and sociological changes and advances be the driving force behind achievement and change, or will the insights and skills from humanities and social sciences still play a role?

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Thursday 20 September 2018

11.30am - 1.30pm

Saïd Business School, West Wing

11.30am - 12.30pm Registration
12.30 - 1.30pm  Welcome back and update
Dean Peter Tufano
Associate Dean Kathy Harvey
1.30 - 2.30pm Networking Lunch

2.30 - 5pm

Saïd Business School, West Wing Classroom 1

2.30pm  Welcome and Introduction - Kathy Harvey

2.35 - 3.30pm Opening Plenary Dr Chris Kutana  

Dr. Chris Kutarna is co-author of 'Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance'. In 2018 he was rated one of the Global Top 10 Thinkers on the Future of Work by London Speaker Bureau. A prolific speaker and author, Dr Kutarna has helped audiences to make sense of, and thrive through, rapid political, social and economic change and writes for The Guardian to TIME Magazine to Vogue. Chris has been a two-time Governor General’s Medallist, a Sauvé Fellow and Commonwealth Scholar, a Fellow of the Oxford Martin School and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology (Sydney) Business School. He holds a doctorate in politics from Oxford University, where he mapped the political change of China’s emerging middle class.


3.45 - 5pm Panel A: Impact of new Technologies on Leadership
Kathy Harvey - Associate Dean Executive Degrees (Moderator)
Professor Teppo Felin
- Professor of Strategy, Oxford Saïd
Mike Lawton - Founder and CEO, Oxford Space Systems
John Maxwell-Hobbs - Managing Director/Founder, Vanguard Visions Ltd


Reunion Dinner

Black Tie Dinner 
Balliol College

We invite you to reassemble for the ultimate Oxford dinner experience at Balliol College, a splendid and traditional occasion featuring after-dinner speaker, Sam Conniff Allende.
Sam is a serial social entrepreneur; Co-founder and former CEO of Livity, Don’t Panic and Live Magazine.

Friday 21 September 2018

10am - 11am

Welcome and Keynote
Saïd Business School, Lecture Theatre 4

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith
Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith is a Member of the House of Lords, former CEO of Mitie Group, author of the McGregor-Smith 'Review into Race in the Workplace', and Vice-Chair on the all-party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence (APPG AI).

11.30am - 1pm

Panel B: Leadership qualities and approaches in an age of uncertainty
Professor Sue Dopson - Rhodes Trust Professor of Organisational Behaviour
Dr Chris Kutarna -  A Sauvé Fellow and Commonwealth Scholar, a Fellow of the Oxford Martin School and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology (Sydney) Business School.
Dr Henning Meyer - New Global Strategy (NGS)
Dr. Bījna K. Dasanī, FRSA - Int'l Award Winning Strategy, Innovation & FS Exec, FinTech, Diversity & Social Impact, Board Advisor, Judge, Speaker

1 - 2 pm

Networking Lunch

2.05 - 3.30pm

Experiential Session:  Elite leadership in chaotic situations

DIVI///SION - Immerse. Inform. Inspire

This session intends to engage an alternative type of culture which helps to define leadership. Floyd Woodrow, one of the youngest soldiers ever to have been selected for the elite SAS, is now a renowned speaker on leadership and performance coaching world-wide. He will offer practical and commercial value in strategic planning and execution.

4 - 5pm

Closing Plenary: Leadership and vision in an age of mega trends

Mark Preston
Team Principal of the Techeetah Formula E racing team, and CEO of StreetDrone, Mark has a long history in motorsport, particularly in Formula One, having worked for Arrows F1, McLaren Racing Ltd and Super Aguri F1. He is founder, investor and advisor of autonomous and automotive platforms. StreetDrone is an autonomous ready development platform designed to bring R&D to the masses and not just the worlds biggest tech companies.

5 - 6.30pm

Networking drinks reception*

*Option to join the annual OBA Reunion opening party from 6.30pm