Conference on Crisis Management


King’s Think Tank is delighted to announce our upcoming day-long conference on the 11th of February taking place at Bush House on the King’s College London Strand Campus. This event will bring together our seven diverse policy centres and provide an opportunity for meaningful dialogue on a variety of topics belonging to the realm of Business and Economics, Defence and Diplomacy, Education, Energy and Environment, European Affairs, Global Health, and Technology and Innovation.

The conference will feature seven independent talks from the seven policy centres, each discussing the key issues and challenges facing their particular areas. Each talk will be led by a panel of experts and industry leaders, who will bring their own distinct perspectives to the table. Our panellists will include scientists, politicians, academics, and businesspeople. The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity for meaningful dialogue, debate, and exchange of ideas on key topics.

The conference is organized by students, with the purpose of connecting policy-makers and policy experts for mutual benefit. We hope to provide a platform for further discussions and collaboration amongst participants, to foster an understanding of the complexities and nuances of the policy issues at hand. 

We invite you to sign up to join us on the 11th of February and to take part in a stimulating and thought-provoking day of discussion.


King’s College London Strand Campus


February 11th, 2023.

9:00 am – 8:00 pm GMT

Sign up:


Business and Economics

Growth and Inflation: Future of Economic Policy

Dr James Forder

Olly Bartum

Olly is a senior economist in the Institute for Government’s public finances team.

His current projects focus on the effectiveness of economic policymaking, the role of the Treasury, and energy policy & regulation. Before joining the Institute in 2022, Olly was an economist in the civil service. Most recently he led research projects on economic growth, productivity and investment for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, having previously worked on forecasting and macroeconomic strategy at HM Treasury. He studied Political Economy at KCL and Behavioural and Experimental Economics at UEA.

Defense and Diplomacy

Western Response to Navigating Uncertainty in East Asia; Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau

Andrew Small

Andrew Small is a senior transatlantic fellow with the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

His research focuses on U.S.-China relations, Europe-China relations, and broader developments in Chinese foreign and economic policy. He previously worked as a fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, as the director of the Foreign Policy Centre’s Beijing office, and as an ESU scholar in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He is the author of The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics (2015) and The Rupture: China and the Global Race for the Future (UK/Commonwealth) / No Limits: the Inside Story of China’s War with the West (US), which was named one of the 2022 Financial Times Politics Books of the Year.

Claire Chu

Claire Chu is a senior China analyst at Janes, the open-source defense and geopolitical intelligence firm.

Her research work on the Geoeconomic Influence and Threat Intelligence team focuses on the national security implications of China’s global economic activity, including foreign direct investment and global financial flows.
Claire recently joined Janes through the acquisition of RWR Advisory Group, where she was the lead analyst in the China practice. She launched the Belt and Road Monitor in 2017, which provides a comprehensive biweekly overview of China’s overseas trade and investment activities and policy developments. Claire was a member of the 2022 class of National Security Fellows at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and previously held research roles at think tanks including the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin and the Project 2049 Institute in Arlington, Virginia. She has testified before Congress about Chinese economic and financial statecraft, and her commentary has been featured in major media outlets in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Finn Lau

Finn Lau is an advocate-in-exile and one of the 2019 Hong Kong movement leaders officially wanted by the Hong Kong authority.

Finn was detained under inhumane conditions in Hong Kong and was beaten to near death by Chinese Communist Party’s agents in London in 2020. He underpinned key strategies for the Hong Kong movement and launched global initiatives throughout 2019-22 addressing Hong Kong and China democracy and human rights issues.

As a chartered UK profession, Finn also specialises in infrastructure development with working experience across Hong Kong, Singapore and London in addition to his policy advocacy work across multiple parliaments like the Swedish, Danish, Swiss, UK, Canadian, Australian and European Parliament.


The Commodification of Education

Jim Dickinson

Jim Dickinson is an Associate Editor at Wonkhe and takes a particular interest in student experience, university governance, and regulation – and leads our work with students’ unions.

His career background is in support for student leadership. He has held senior roles at the National Union of Students – where he led on SU development, campaigns and political strategy – and was the CEO at the SU at UEA, providing strategic management for the union’s charitable and commercial vehicles as well as policy support for the elected student officers.

Jim has served as a governor and trustee in both further and higher education and the voluntary sector, and is a regular speaker at sector events and conferences. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, an obsessive fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, and dreams of visiting Moldova.

Dr Patricia Walker

Dr Patricia Walker is an experienced academic, teaching and researching in British Universities.

She has taught internationally in Nigerian and Japanese institutions. She was recently a senior lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of East London (UEL) and is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of West London (UWL).

Her doctorate explored the commodification of Higher Education (HE), in particular the effects of the burgeoning of international student recruitment initiatives on curriculum enterprises with the inevitable marketisation of university courses.

She has published numerous articles in international academic journals, the Times Educational Supplement, Times Higher Education, and recently blogs for the Fabian Society.

Professor Ronald Barnett

Ronald Barnett is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education at University College London Institute of Education, where he was a Pro-Director and Dean, responsible variously for strategy, quality and academic development. He has been a leader in developing the philosophy of higher education, a project heralded by his first book, The Idea of Higher Education (1990).

He is the inaugural President of the Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society, a past Chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE), has had conferred on him both an earned higher doctorate and an honorary doctorate, and – among many prizes – was awarded the inaugural prize by the European Association for Educational Research for his ‘outstanding contribution to Higher Education Research, Policy and Practice’.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the SRHE and the Higher Education Academy, has produced 35+ books (with many winning prizes &/or translated into other languages) and 200 papers, given 150+ keynote talks in 40+ countries and is a consultant in the university sector (in which role he has recently been advising UNESCO and currently working with the University of Copenhagen). 

European Affairs

The future of EU & US relations: How Crises Deepen Ties

Jeremy Shapiro

Jeremy Shapiro is the research director of the European Council on Foreign Relations. His areas of focus include US foreign policy and transatlantic relations.

Shapiro was previously a fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy and the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings, where he edited the Foreign Policy program’s blog Order from Chaos. Prior to Brookings, he was a member of the U.S. State Department’s policy planning staff, where he advised the secretary of state on U.S. policy in North Africa and the Levant. He was also the senior advisor to Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon, providing strategic guidance on a wide variety of U.S.-European foreign policy issues.

Dr Leslie Vinjamuri

Dr Leslie Vinjamuri is Director of the US and the Americas programme and Dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House.

Leslie is Deputy Chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission and a Trustee of the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and on the Advisory Board of LSE IDEAS and the LSE Phelan United States Centre and Vice President of the Board of the Institute for Integrated Transitions.

Leslie leads research on the US, Geopolitics, and Democracy in America and is leading a project on the US role in a Global Recovery.

She has written extensively on US politics and foreign policy, human rights, international order and transatlantic relations and is co-editor and contributing author of Anchoring the World (with Charles A. Kupchan, Foreign Affairs, 2021) and Human Rights Futures (with Stephen Hopgood and Jack Snyder, Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Her articles have appeared in many journals and books including Foreign Affairs, International Security, Ethics and International Affairs, Daedalus, Law and Contemporary Problems and Survival.

Dr Stepan Stepanenko

Dr Stepan Stepanenko is a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, a London based foreign policy and national security think tank, focusing on Eastern Europe, post-Soviet states, and defense.

He has written and commented for the Kyiv Post, Daily Express, the Mail Online, Epoch Times, Jerusalem Post and Jerusalem Times amongst others.

Professor Michael Cox

Energy and Environment

Fossil Fuel Alternatives and Energy Security: Nuclear, Renewable, a Third Way

Professor David Whyte

John Lindberg

Global Health

The Future of the WHO. Collaboration in Combatting Future Health Crises

Benjamin Wakefield

Benjamin Wakefield is a Senior Analyst at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

His work focuses on international biological security issues and understanding, developing, and improving health emergency preparedness for natural, accidental, and deliberate events. This includes working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to develop and implement best practice for civilian-military collaboration as part of health emergency preparedness, as well as newly developing work related to deliberate biological events.

Prior to this, Mr. Wakefield spent five years at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), where he was a Research Fellow in the Global Health Programme. He has experience working in Nigeria and Ghana and has worked directly with the WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), the Africa Centres for Disease Control (Africa CDC), the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (GP), and several other governmental and nongovernmental health and security actors.

Mr. Wakefield was also a 2020 and 2021 Emerging Leader in Biosecurity (ELBI) Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security, a 2020 OSCE-UNODA Peace and Security Scholar, and an associate member of the Global Violence Prevention special interest group at the Faculty of Public Health, UK.

Dr Richard Horton

Richard Horton is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet.  

He qualified in physiology and medicine with honours from the University of Birmingham in 1986. He joined The Lancet in 1990, moving to New York as North American Editor in 1993. In 2016, he chaired the Expert Group for the High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, convened by Presidents Hollande of France and Zuma of South Africa. From 2011 to 2015, he was co-chair of the UN’s independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health. In 2011, he was elected a Foreign Associate of the US Institute of Medicine and, in 2015, he received the Friendship Award from the Government of China. In 2019, he was awarded the WHO Director-General’s Health Leaders Award for outstanding leadership in global health and the Roux Prize in recognition of innovation in the application of global health evidence.  In 2021, he received the Physicians for Human Rights Award in recognition of extraordinary leadership in advancing health and human rights. He now works to develop the idea of planetary health – the health of human civilizations and the ecosystems on which they depend. In 2020, he published The COVID-19 Catastrophe: What’s Gone Wrong and How to Stop It Happening Again. A revised, updated, and expanded second edition was published in 2021. As part of the UK’s 2023 Honours, Dr Horton was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition for services to Health and Medical Journalism.

Technology and Innovation

The Digitalisation of Identity: Data Collection and Surveillance

Matthew Feeney

Matthew Feeney is Head of Tech & Innovation at Centre for Policy Studies. Before joining CPS, Matthew was the director of Cato Institute’s Project on Emerging Technologies.

His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, City A.M., and others. He received both his BA and MA in philosophy from the University of Reading.

Sydney Reis

Sydney Reis is an Innovation Officer at NATO’s Innovation Unit, Emerging Security Challenges Division.

During her Master’s Degree in intelligence and International Affairs, Sydney focused on the ways that AI is used to proliferate misinformation and disinformation by hostile state actors. Her multidisciplinary approach to emerging technologies and security is informed by her previous work experiences, including as a Gender Consultant for UNDP Rwanda, and as a Policy Analyst in National Security for the Canadian Government. 

Dr Keegan McBride