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Annual Conference 2022: The evolving role of universities and role of education in global security

You can catch up by watching the video HERE or download the full transcript of the keynote address HERE

Date: Wednesday, 27 July 2022 | Time: 17:00 -18:00 | Venue: Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5HX

Keynote Speaker - Paul Lindley OBE, Chancellor of the University of Reading

Britain is blessed to have a world-leading higher education sector. Our universities are a great source of strength for the country and their role – in an increasingly knowledge-based economy – is becoming more and more central to our future prosperity. Universities are also becoming increasingly central to our future social prospects.

Education and employability are the keys that can unlock both individual citizens’ and countries’ progress. Who gets into university and how they get on once they have left will have a critical role in determining whether Britain’s sluggish rates of social mobility can be improved.

When properly realised, education can be a global asset to fight not only poverty, inequality, and insecurity but also global disease and epidemics. The more educated a Nation is, the stronger security it'll have.

You can catch up by watching the video HERE or download the full transcript of the keynote address HERE

Paul Lindley is an award-winning British entrepreneur, social campaigner, and author. In 2006 Paul founded Ella’s Kitchen. Built on a core social mission, it is now the UK’s largest baby food brand. He stepped back from the business in 2018.

In 2017 his first book: ‘Little Wins: The Huge Power of Thinking like a Toddler’ was published, and he second, ‘A Child Powered Future; will be published in 2023. In 2018, Paul was appointed Chair of London’s Child Obesity Taskforce by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. In 2019 Paul founded just IMAGINE if… an annual innovation competition supporting entrepreneurial ideas designed to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Paul is Chair of Robert F Kennedy Human Rights UK and of the purpose-led business’s Toast Ale and SMASH and is a Trustee of Sesame Workshop, the creators of Sesame Street.

Paul believes the best businesses make profits AND have a core purpose to do social-environmental good; and that more ‘human-ness’ is needed in our economy and civil society.

In 2022 Paul was appointed Chancellor of the University of Reading.


The conference welcomes all delegates: teachers, education professionals, policymakers, NGO staff, parliamentarians, and government representatives.

Registration: Attendance at the event is strictly by invitation only and early booking is essential as the number of places is very limited. Invitations will be sent to individuals who have registered their attendance.

To avoid disappointment, please RESERVE your place now on Eventbrite HERE, or email us on [email protected]

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