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Annual Leadership Forum


Poojan PP photo

The people I got to meet through the [Forum's] programme have astounding profiles and being able to sit with them, converse and discuss was an experience that has imbued in me more confidence and belief in my abilities. It has not only boosted my confidence but also improved immensely my communication skills".

Poojan Shrestha
Nepal, MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine (2015-16)

The Annual Leadership Forum which marks the end of the academic year is designed to encourage a final reflection on and discussion about questions of leadership. The Scholars come together in June to discuss the challenges of leadership and questions about career development with leading professionals from a variety of fields, including business, law, academia, media and politics. During the forum, Scholars also meet Weidenfeld Alumni to learn more about their work and to discuss their experiences moving from Oxford into the workplace.


Previous speakers at the Annual Leadership Forum have included:

PRECIOUS LUNGA African healthcare entrepreneur

CHARLES SEKWALOR Co-founder, MoveMeBack

NEMATULLAH BIHZAN Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow, consultant to Afghan government

SCHROCHIS KARKI Development Consultant, Oxford Policy Management

CAMILLA TOULMIN former Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development

GENERAL SIR NICK PARKER former British Army general

OKSANA ANTONENKO Senior Political Counsellor, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

LIZ HARRIS Recruitment Consultant, International Committee of the Red Cross


JONATHAN COOPER Chief Executive, Human Dignity Trust

TIM LUKE Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister on Business, Trade and Innovation

DEBORAH RAYNER VP and Managing Editor for Europe, Middle East and Africa, CNN

MARIE STAUNTON former Executive Director, Plan UK

CAROLYN MAKINSON Executive Director, International Rescue Committee



Annual Leadership Forum 2016 at the Saïd Business School, Oxford

All Scholars

Karim, Mastish and QuratulainNick Parker with Scholars






Scholars in Workshop

Scholars on sofa

aScholars at AGL 





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