Dr Paul Flather
Dr PAUL FLATHER is Secretary–General of the Europaeum, an association of leading European Universities, and Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford, where he is head of the Senior Common Room. He studied at Balliol College, Oxford, where he also obtained his DPhil (PhD) and has taught and lectured at Oxford and several other universities in Europe and India. He was the founding Secretary-General of the Central European University (1990-1994), originally set up in Budapest, Prague, and Warsaw by George Soros, and then Director of International and External Affairs for Oxford University (1994-2000). He is a former Fellow of Corpus Christi (1994–2000). He has worked at the BBC, Times Newspapers, and served as Deputy Editor of the New Statesman. His research work is on Indian political development since Independence. He worked with dissident movements in Central Europe in the 1980s, and has worked with cultural and race equality groups in the UK for over 30 years. He was an elected member of the London Council in the 1980s (chairing its committee on post-school education 1986-1990, with an annual budget of £360m). He has chaired the Noon Education Foundation since 2000, and is on the board of the Roundtable. He was the consultant of the first EU-India co-operation report in 1994 which led directly to a 40m ecu programme from 1997.