External speakers

Robert Madelin

Senior Advisor, European Commission

Robert Madelin will step down from public service at the end of September as one of the longer-serving British officials at the top level in the European Commission. He published in July 2016 'Opportunity Now: Europe's mission to innovate'.

English-born with Welsh roots, Robert studied at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, Magdalen College, Oxford and the French Ecole Nationale d'Administration.

Robert joined the British Civil Service from University and served in the European Commission from 1993, the last 12 years in senior leadership. Robert was involved in launching and concluding the Uruguay Round of trade talks, creating today's World Trade Organisation. He has been active in Asia-Europe relations.  He has negotiated for Britain and for Europe in trade, investment and services. He has managed European Union policy and regulation for agri-food, health and life sciences and for research, digital technologies, media and Internet.

Robert is a Visiting Research Fellow on the Cyber Studies Programme at the University of Oxford, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Behavioural Sciences and its initiative on the Future of Health and Healthcare.