Opening speakers

Professor Louise Richardson, AAS, ACSS, FRSE, RIIA,  is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. A political scientist by training, she was previously the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, and also spent 20 years on the faculty of Harvard University, latterly as Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Professor Richardson’s book What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat, precipitated a seismic shift in approaches to the study and tackling of terrorism. She serves on a number of not-for profit boards including the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Booker Prize Foundation.


Professor Sir Nicholas White, KCMG, OBE, FRS, FMedSci, is Professor of Tropical Medicine at Oxford and Mahidol University, Thailand, and Chairman of the Wellcome Trust’s South East Asian Research Units.

Professor Sir Nick has played a key role in ensuring the global recommendation of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) as the most effective treatment for falciparum malaria. His research and advocacy have transformed the treatment approaches to prevent and cure millions of patients from malaria-endemic countries in Africa and Southeast Asia.  He continues his efforts on drug resistance and the pathophysiology of severe malaria, championing the use of mass drug administration as a strategy towards malaria elimination, and the use of multiple first line therapies. At New Year’s Honours 2017 he was appointed a KCMG for services to tropical medicine and global health.