The Global Leaders Programme (GLP) had the privilege of hosting Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of the British Council, who delivered a speech on campus regarding the importance of knowledge and cultural exchange during a time of societal uncertainty. Please see the highlights from the talk here.
The British Council was established over eighty years ago to create a basis of ‘friendly knowledge and understanding’ of Britain by making the most of the cultural resources of the country to create opportunities, to build connections and to engender trust.
Sir Ciarán Devane took up the role in January 2015. Ciarán has focused on ensuring that all stakeholders understand and value the contribution that soft power, cultural relations and the British Council makes to security, prosperity and influence, and that the organisation and staff are aligned behind that vision.