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Inaugural CRP Forum: In Pursuit of Resilience and Sustainable Development

last modified Mar 08, 2016 10:10 AM

The Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme (RSDP) is a new research initiative  of the Centre for Rising Powers at the University of Cambridge.

The overarching mission of RSDP is to offer valuable and actionable insights that will help ethical leaders to cope and to thrive; and to drive policy innovations and institutional development in a changing World. Resiliency and sustainability depend on good leadership, empowered people, the wise use of natural resources and the profitable activities of ethical companies to bridge the gaps between rich and poor, so as to enhance prosperity for all.

The three pillars of the Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme are:

1.         Improving resilient leadership and adaptive governance

2.         Sustainable policy making and applied institutional innovations

3.         Building a resilient society and a responsible economy for the poor

As such, RSPD helps to create a shared, multidisciplinary research and practice vision and to embed the Sustainable Development Goals and Global Environmental Accords within the work of the Centre for Rising Powers.

To build resilient communities, we need the implementation of adaptive leadership models, the governance of sustainable policies and the process of institutional innovation to pursue resilience and sustainability in the global value chain of power, politics and commodity. Ultimately, this will help secure peace between people. The RSDP identifies, invests in and supports the rising generations from the emerging countries through robust fellowships and cutting-edge leadership development programs.

Roundtable discussions during the launch event will focus on the importance and role of resilience and sustainable development for rising powers. Experts from academia, government and industry will lead the discussion of how adaptive leadership and institutional innovation foster resilience and sustainable development.


Tentative Programme 




3:00 – 3:30



3:30 – 3:40


Dr Kun-Chin Lin - Executive Director, Centre for Rising Powers, University of Cambridge

3:40 – 4:00

Key Note Speaker

Prof Rajah Rasiah - University of Malaya, Malaysia

4:00 - 4:30

Tea/Coffee Break and Networking

Clare College Garden Room

4:30 – 4:40

Launch the Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme (RSDP)

 Prof David Runciman - Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

4:30 – 5:20

Roundtable on Resilience and Sustainable Development


Dr Kun-Chin Lin



Prof Rajah Rasiah

Dr Francois Kayitakire

Dr Nazia Mintz-Habib

Ana Hajduka

Steve McCauley

5:20 – 5:40

Tea/Coffee Break

Garden Room

5:40 – 6:30

Roundtable on Adaptive Leadership with the audience


Steve McCauley



Sir Richard Shirreff

Michael Brooke

Joe Studwell

Catherine Tilley

6:30 – 7:30

Drinks and networking

Elton-Bowring Room

7:30  - 9:00

Dinner at Garden Room

Dinner Speaker:

Mr Matthew Bullock

Master of St Edmund's College


The confirmed panelists to date include:

  • Professor Rajah Rasiah -- distinguished Professor of International Development at the University of Malaya, 2015 recipient of the Celso Furtado prize from the World Academy of Sciences for his seminal contributions in the field of social sciences 
  • Professor David Runciman -- Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge
  • Sir Richard Shirreff -- former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO
  • Dr Francois Kayitakire -- Joint Research Center in the Institute of Environment and Sustainability European Commission
  • Dr Kun-Chin Lin -- Director of the Centre for Rising Powers at the University of Cambridge
  • Dr Nazia Mintz-Habib -- - Lecturer in Public Policy, Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge
  • Michael Brooke -- Head of Innovation at BNP Paribas
  • Steve McCauley -- executive leadership coach and mentor to senior leaders in government, business, finance and professional services
  • Ana Hajduka -- CEO Africa GreenCo
  • Joe Studwell -- Journalist and author of The China Dream, Asian Godfathers, and How Asia Works
  • Catherine Tilley --Director of Executive and Graduate Education at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Coffee, snacks, and drinks will be provided, as well as networking opportunities with panelists and other participants. You may refer to this website for detailed directions.




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