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Mads Andenas was Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (1999-2005), and Director of the Centre of European Law at King's College, University of London (1994-1999). He has been a Professor of Law at the University of Leicester since 2005. He is also a Senior Teaching Fellow in European Community Law at the Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford and at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. He has been Visiting Professor at University of Paris I (Sorbonne) in 2006 and University of Rome La Sapienza in 2004-6, in 2002–3 he held the Chaire W J Ganshof van der Meersch under the Fondation Philippe Wiener—Maurice Anspach at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He was appointed Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in 2006.

Andenas is General Editor of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly (Oxford University Press) and of European Business Law Review (Kluwer Law International) and on the editorial boards of some ten other law journals and book series.

Andenas is a Barrister (England and Wales, Middle Temple) and is also admitted as an Advokat in Norway. He is a Bencher of Inner Temple. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Legal Studies and a Fellow of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law (where he is presently a member of the board). He is the Hon Secretary of the UK Association of European Law (since 1997). He was the Secretary General of the Fédération internationale de droit européen 2000-2002 and the Hon Secretary of the UK Committee of Comparative Law 1999-2005.

Andenas' research covers the relationship between national law and European and international law; comparative constitutional and human rights law and constitutional aspects of the EU and the WTO; procedure in international and national courts and administrative bodies, market regulation (competition, financial market supervision) and company law.

Andenas has published more than 40 books.


Hugh Benjamin (MEd in Drama and Education, Newcastle University,  D.Phil, York University) is Deputy Director of Stantonbury Campus in Milton Keynes, the country’s largest secondary school. Most recently he has been involved in the national initiatives concerning the introduction of Vocational Diplomas and the Specialist Schools movement. Hugh has been involved in educational consultancy work in Poland, Czech. Republic, Belgium and India.

David Browning is currently the Registrar of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, as well as Fellow at St. Cross College.  He achieved Fellowship at St. Cross in 1968, after a brief period spent in HM Diplomatic Service and the completion of his D.Phil. at St. Antony’s College.  His joining of St. Cross soon after its foundation allowed him the privilege of the “wooden hut experience”, contributing to the sense of collegiality embracing all College members.  By 1982, he had become involved in the foundation of the Oxford centre for Islamic Studies, which showed great potential.  Following its successful establishment in 1985, Dr. Browning was elected Fellowship by Special Election as the Founder Registrar of the Centre.

Georgina Ferry is a science writer who established herself first through writing in New Scientist magazine and broadcasting on BBC Radio, and more recently through her authorship of popular science books. Since August 2000 she has been editor of Oxford Today, the alumni magazine of Oxford University.  Her book Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life (Granta, 1998), is the first biography of Britain's only female Nobel-prizewinning scientist. In February 2002 The Common Thread: A Story of Science, Politics, Ethics and the Human Genome, which she co-authored with Sir John Sulston, was published in the UK by Bantam Press. A Computer Called Leo, her account of the world's first business computer completed half a century ago by J. Lyons & Co, was published by Fourth Estate in April 2003. Her biography of Max Perutz, Nobel prizewinner and founder of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge is a best seller.  She continues to broadcast occasionally in the science slot on Radio 4.  Georgina was born in Hong Kong in 1955. She is a graduate of Oxford University, where she studied psychology and physiology from 1973-76. She has lived in Oxford since 1981 with her husband and two sons. As well as writing, editing and broadcasting, she acts and directs in non-professional theatre, has chaired the parents' association of a large comprehensive school, and sails a Topper dinghy on the upper Thames.

Richard Hunter, Ed.D., Professor of Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois is known for his extensive public school administrative experience in public education and for his academic research on topics in urban education, while teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Facilitator, Champaign Unit 4 School District, Champaign Unit 4 School District, 2007
  • Served as reviewer of many publication during this period., Washington State University, National Association of Secondary School Principals, 2006-2009
  • Editorial Board Member, University of Dayton, Education and Urban Society, 2006-2009
  • Editorial Board Member, Educational Journal, School Business Affairs, 2006-2009
  • Scholarship, Scholarship, Southern History Association, 2006
  • Organization-Member, Annual Conference, American Educational Research Association, 2005-2007
  • Member, San Francisco, California, American Association of School Administrators, 2005-2007
  • Member, Springfield, Illinois, Illinois Association of School Administrators, 2005-2007
  • Member, Washington, DC, National Alliance of Black School Educators, 2005-2007
  • Member, Education Law Association, 2005-2007
  • Member, Champaign, Illinois, Educational Administration Alumni Association, 2005-2006
  • Publication Series Editor, Elsevier Science, 2005
  • Member, Springfield, Illinois, Illinois Council of Professors of Educational Administration, 2005
  • Member, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Urban Review, 2005
  • Editor for Book Series, London, England, Elsevier Science, 2005
  • Editorial Board Member, National Association of Secondary School Principals, 2005
  • Member of the Board of Reviewers, Dayton, Ohio, Education and Urban Society, 2004-2005


Isobel Hurst, D.Phil, Tutor, Queen Mary College, University of London
Isobel Hurst holds a BA in Classics and English, an M Phil in English Studies and a D Phil in English from the University of Oxford. Her popular book, Victorian Women Writers and the Classics was published by Oxford University Press in 2006. She has taught at Marlboro College, Vermont, and at Universities of Bristol, Warwick, and Oxford, United Kingdom. She is currently teaching English Literature at King’s College, London.

John Maxwell Irvine was born in 1939, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, earning a B.Sc. in mathematical physics in 1961. He went to the University of Michigan on an English-Speaking Fellowship, gaining an M.Sc. in 1962, before returning to the University of Manchester, Ph.D. 1964.  Professor Irvine served with distinction as Vice-Chancellor of Aberdeen University, Scotland and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, England. He has been Vice President of the Institute of Physics, and a Director of the Public Health Laboratory Service. He is a past Chairman of the Science and Engineering Council’s Nuclear Physics Committee, Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Joint Information Services Committee and the Innovation Strategy Group of the West Midlands Regional Development Agency. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, The Institute of Physics, The Royal Astronomical Society, The Royal Society for the Arts and is a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management and a Governor of the English-Speaking Union. He was created a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands in 1999.  He holds honorary degrees from the Aberdeen, Aston, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Robert Gordon’s Universities and the College of William and Mary, Virginia. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is currently a Commissioner for Commonwealth Scholarships, a member of the European Universities Association’s Panel on Quality Management. He is Chairman of the Manchester Branch of the Institute of Physics and the National Inquiry into Energy Policy in Scotland He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Birmingham and Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester. He Chairs the committee for a National Energy Policy for Scotland.

Richard Margrave (Ph.D., London School of Economics) is a senior communications and marketing professional with direct experience of journalism, the legislative and political environment and the formulation of national and international policy. Richard was for nine years special adviser to leading UK politicians, Jack Straw MP, Chris Smith MP and the late Lord Shore of Stepney.  With them he was in charge of policy development, campaigns and media handling.  He has worked on political portfolios as diverse as education, local government, health, law and order, defence, environment and the business of the House of Commons. During the last eight years he has worked in-house as Director of Communications, Association of Teach ers and Lecturers and the Director of Marketing, Communications and Business Development for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  In these posts he has worked closely with the media and national policy makers on issues ranging from public private finance initiatives in education to the changing needs of the engineering profession in a global economy.  He is an accomplished senior manager, highly regarded for his leadership skills, grasp of corporate objectives and the successful development of new business strategies. He established his own marketing and public relations company in January 2002 and already includes amongst his UK clients the educational architecture think-tank, School Works, the Federation of Prisoners’ Families Support Groups and business enterprise trainers, Catalyst for Success Ltd.  He is a writer and broadcaster, appearing in newspapers such as the Times, Sunday Times, Guardian and the Times Educational Supplement and on national television and radio.  He is a Member of the UK Institute of Public Relations.  He is a Visiting Lecturer in Journalism at the London Institute.

Judith Lynne McConnell-Farmer is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas and Co-Facilitator of the Early Childhood Oxford Round Table since 2003.  In addition, she has also facilitated Oxford Round Tables on the topics of Child and Adolescent Development, Principals and Superintendents, and Reading First.  She has an undergraduate degree from The University of Kansas and post graduate degrees from The University of Virginia and Teachers College, Columbia University.  Dr. McConnell-Farmer has taught in higher education since 1981, prior to that she was an elementary and preschool teacher for ten years.  She has presented more than one hundred conference papers, published numerous professional articles and chapters in books and is the co-author of a book, Teacher Renewal: Professional Issues and Personal Choices,  Teachers College Press.  Dr. McConnell-Farmer has a particular interest in international early childhood education issues.  She developed and is directing Washburn University's Transformational Experience in Jamaica Program, which involves undergraduate and graduate students traveling to Jamaica, West Indies, twice a year to teach children in remote mountain and beach-side schools.  Since 1995, as a faculty member of People to People International, Dr. McConnell-Farmer has lead delegations of early childhood educators to the Peoples Republic of China (twice), Cuba, Russia, The Czech Republic, and Spain.

Canon Brian Mountford served as Fellow and Chaplain of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and Vicar of Southgate in North London, before becoming Vicar of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, in 1986. He is also an honorary Canon of Christ Church, Oxford. During his time, St Mary’s has become a center where Christian theology intersects with other academic disciplines and the modern challenge to traditional theology is taken seriously. St Mary’s has three main functions: the church of the University of Oxford (the Vice Chancellor’s installation happened there last September); a parish church; and a tourist center - the ‘most visited parish church in England’. Canon Mountford is also Chaplain of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, the only remaining all-women’s college, and Chairman of the ‘Gatehouse’ drop in center for the homeless. His book Perfect Freedom will be launched in the USA this July after initial success in the UK and his most recent books Christianity – a ten minute guide and Happiness – a ten minute guide will be published at the end of this year.

Ruth A. Reck, Professor, University Of California, Davis, coordinated the 2008 Oxford Round Table session titled: Sustainability: The Ultimate Quest, August 10 to August 15 at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. Meetings were held at The Rhodes House, Oxford. Scholars representing several disciples from Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States presented papers regarding the world quest for sustainability. Ruth A. Reck is a Land, Air and Water Professor in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Science at the University of California, Davis. She has studied global climate change and climate modeling for 37 years, overseeing and conducting research previously at the National Institute for Global Environmental Change, Argonne National Laboratory and General Motors Research Laboratories. Dr Reck has chaired or has served as a member on more than 40 national and international boards and committees related to climate and is an author of many refereed publications, books and invited papers, most notably on the role of light scattering, aerosols and clouds in the climate system. She holds numerous citations including being named the 15th recipient of the Gold Award in Engineering.

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