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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
6:30pm— 9:30pm
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Ngaire Woods, Dean

Blavatnik School of Government University of Oxford

Tuesday, 20 November 18.30 , 19.00 Presentation, 20.15 Networking, 21.00 Finish


12 Hay Hill, Mayfair, London W1J 6DQ

£25 Club Members, £40 Non-members and Guests


Trade is changing fast, and negotiators will have to keep apace. Global rules are changing, as are those who set them. The International rule-based system, and the role of the WTO, is waning. As a result countries are having to look at unilateral and bilateral means to share commerce.

At the same time, new patterns of investment, such as China’s Belt and Road initiative, are creating powerful new trade zones and trade routes. Not all countries are included. In some cases, global value chains are binding regions together, although in others politics are splitting such regions apart.

What is clear in this dynamic system, is that every country needs to negotiate trade arrangements ever more nimbly and effectively. That starts with a clear sense of a country’s own long-term strategic objectives and runs through to negotiating tactics. At this juncture, Britain offers an interesting case!


Professor Ngaire Woods is the founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at Oxford University. Her research focuses on how to enhance the governance of organizations, the challenges of globalization, global development, and the role of international institutions and global economic governance. Previously, she founded the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford University and co-founded (with Robert O. Keohane) the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship programme. She led the creation of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University.

Ngaire Woods serves as a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, on the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and as a Rhodes Trustee. She is co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Values, Technology and Governance. She serves on the Advisory Group of the Center for Global Development (Washington DC).

Previously, she served as a Non-Executive Director on the Arup Global Group Board and on the Board of the Center for International Governance Innovation in Canada. She has also served as a member of the IMF European Regional Advisory Group, and as an Advisor to the IMF Board, to the African Development Bank, to the UNDP’s Human Development Report, and to the Commonwealth Heads of Government.  The list of Ngaire Woods’ publications is long and impressive. She has presented numerous documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and BBC TV2.

She was educated at Auckland University (BA in economics, LLB Hons in law), then studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar, completing an MPhil (with Distinction) and then DPhil (in 1992) in International Relations. She won a Junior Research Fellowship at New College, Oxford (1990-1992) and subsequently taught at Harvard University (Government Department) before taking up her Fellowship at University College, Oxford and academic roles at Oxford University.

Ngaire Woods has been appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 New Year's Honours for services to Higher Education and Public Policy.


Canapés and drinks will be served.  Guests are welcome.

Alternatively contact Janet Talbut on events@hbsa.org.uk / Tel: 01223 812800