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Economic Update on 4 March


Friday 4 March, 08.30-10.30am
Theme: Higher Education in 2016: how do Universities entice talents and meet today's and tomorrow's business needs
Sponsored by HEC Paris
Guest Speakers: Peter Todd, Dean of HEC Paris and Susan Liautaud, Vice Chair of Council and Court of Governors of the London School of Economics and Political Science and Founder and Managing Director of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited
Cost: £25+VAT per person; £40+VAT special price for two
At The French Institute

For further information, please contact Ophelie Martinel at 0207 092 6634.



Join us and debate on higher education in 2016: a fierce global competition, how to make the grade? 


The world of higher education is among the fastest-changing and most exciting areas of the global economy. In the UK, the higher education sector drives economic growth with 2.5% of GDP and it has become a key driver for British competitiveness. How do the UK and France fare in this highly competitive race?

About our Guest Speakers


Peter Todd

Peter Todd is a Professor at HEC Paris and currently serves as the Director General / Dean of the School. He is an expert in the organization, management and use of information technology to deliver business value. Professor Todd has over 40 published works on information technology and innovation management which have received more than 15,000 citations.

He has taught and led degree programs, executive education and applied research programs in management, innovation and information technology for over 25 years. He also has over 20 years of increasingly senior leadership experience as a Dean, Associate Dean, Program and Centre Director at prominent Canadian and US universities. From 2005 to 2014 he was Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.
Professor Todd holds an undergraduate degree in Commerce from McGill University and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.




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Susan Liautaud

Susan Liautaud is Founder and Managing Director of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited (SLAL), a consultancy in ethics matters internationally. She also serves as Vice Chair of Council and Court of Governors of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She brings wide experience with ethics, governance, and strategy to business, non-profit, governmental and academic organizations and leaders. Susan is also a Lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University. She also serves as a member of the French Ambassador’s Foreign Trade Advisory Council in the UK. She serves on a number of non-profit boards: as co-Chair of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières U.S. Advisory Board, Vice Chair of the American Hospital of Paris Board of Governors, Care International UK’s Board of Trustees, and Les Arts Décoratifs Board.

Her past professional experience includes international corporate, financial, and transactional lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell in Paris and New York. Subsequently, she served as Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs, Director of the Transnational Business Law Program, and Lecturer in Law at Stanford University Law School.

Susan holds a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science; a Juris Doctor from Columbia University Law School; a M.A. in Chinese Studies from University of London School of Oriental and African Studies; a M.A. and two B.A.s from Stanford University.

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About our partner


HEC Paris

Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Paris specializes in education and research in management sciences. As a leading academic institution in Europe and worldwide, HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of education programs for students and leaders. HEC Paris has a permanent faculty of 106 professors, 4,000 students and over 8,500 managers in executive education programs every year.


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