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The seminar: The UK and the EU: Are there Alternatives to EU Membership? will be led by distinguished experts in the field and chaired by the Chancellor of Regent’s University London, Professor John Drew.


Martin Wolf is Chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, an honorary fellow of the Oxford Institute for Economic Policy (Oxonia) and an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham.

He has been a forum fellow at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos since 1999 and a member of its International Media Council since 2006.  He was a member of the UK government's Independent Commission on Banking in 2010-2011.  Martin's most recent publications are Why Globalization Works and Fixing Global Finance.


 Charles Grant

Charles Grant is the Director of the Centre for European Reform, which he helped to found in 1996.  In January 1998 he left The Economist to become the CER’s first director. He is the author of numerous CER publications, including Is Europe doomed to fail as a power? (2009) and Russia, China and global governance (2012).  He works on, among other subjects, EU foreign and defence policy, Russia, China, the euro and global governance.

After studying modern history at Cambridge University, Charles took a diploma in French politics at Grenoble University.  Returning to London, Grant joined Euromoney, the financial magazine, in 1981.  He moved to The Economist in 1986, where he wrote about the City.  From 1989-1993 he reported from Brussels and soon after returning to London became the magazine’s defence editor.  His biography of Commission President Jacques Delors (Delors: Inside the House that Jacques Built, published by Nicholas Brealey) appeared in 1994.

He was a director and trustee of the British Council from 2002 to 2008. He is a member of the international advisory boards of the Moscow School of Civic Education, the Turkish think-tank EDAM and the French think-tank Terra Nova. He is a member of the Council of the Ditchley Foundation, and chairman of the foundation's programme committee. In 2004 he became a chevalier of France’s Ordre Nationale du Mérite, and in 2013 a Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG) "for services to European and wider international policy-making". 

His most recent CER report is How to build a modern European Union (2013). Charles is a regular contributor to the Financial Times, the International New York Times and many other publications.


 Graham Avery

Graham Avery is Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, Senior Adviser at the European Policy Centre, Brussels, and Honorary Director-General of the European Commission.

He worked for the European Commission in Brussels (1973-2006) as a policy adviser and planner in agricultural policy, foreign affairs, enlargement policy, and in the cabinets of the President and other Commissioners. His last post was as Director for Strategy, Coordination and Analysis in the Directorate General for External Relations.

He has been Secretary General of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (2006-8), Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute, Florence (2002-3, 2009, 2010), Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin (2003-5), and Fellow at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (1986-7).

He was appointed Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George by Her Majesty the Queen in 2012 for his services to European affairs.


 J Drew

Professor John Drew, Chancellor, and Director of iCES will chair the event.

A former UK diplomat in Paris, Kuwait and Bucharest, John has held the positions of Director of International Corporate Affairs at Rank Xerox and Director of European Affairs at Touche Ross International. He has been the Representative of the European Commission in the UK and is the Chancellor, and Director of the Institute of Contemporary European Studies at Regent’s University London.


Last updated: 03 May 2018

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