Global Choices: Talking Points

Witness inspiring public lectures given by leading artists, diplomats, politicians and campaigners that address some of the most complex and pressing challenges facing the world today and ask questions of people who have been witness to - and, in some cases, participants in major world events.
Blew us away - kids talking about it all the way back to school. Y Pant Comprehensive School

Programme

Talking Point Speakers Information
North Korea Exposed: Propaganda in the hermit kingdom Jeremy Hunter award winning photographer 20 October 2016, 12pm, Pontypridd Campus, Treforest, J132
Managing risk, uncertainty and crisis in the global economy Dyfrig John CBE former CEO HSBC 10 November 2016, 12pm, Pontypridd Campus, Treforest, G218
Coming in from the cold: A lifteime's experience of Global Warming Sir David Hempleman-Adams OBE explorer and adventurer TBA
Defeating ISIS Lord Hain of Neath former cabinet minister 17 November 2016, 12pm, Pontypridd Campus, Treforest, TC013 (Moot Court)
Child Holocaust Survivor Steven Frank 2 December 2016, 12pm, Cardiff Campus, ATRiuM Building, Room CAB 205 (Cinema)
BREXIT, National Security, Trump and the 'Special Relationship' Sir Richard Dearlove former Head of MI6 27 January 2017, 12pm, Pontypridd Campus, Upper Glyntaff, AW042
Trump, Globalisation and Free Trade Lord Hain of Neath former cabinet minister 2 February 2017, 1pm, Pontypridd Campus, Treforest
Winning Hearts and Minds: Communications and Psychological Warfare Paul Bell, communications expert and former chief executive of PR company Bell Pottinger 2 March 2017, Noon, Pontypridd Campus, Treforest
What's the point of British foreign policy? Rt Hon Jack Straw former cabinet minister 16 March 2017, 1pm, Pontypridd Campus, Treforest
Will China Dominate the 21st Century? Jonathan Fenby CBE award winning journalist and broadcaster 23 March 2017, 12pm, Pontypridd Campus, Treforest
Technology Ecosystems: Collaboration vs competition Bindi Karia, formely Head of Emerging Business Microsoft 29 March 2017, Noon, Pontypridd Campus, Treforest
Global Choices: Invitation Only Special Guest Spring 2017 TBA
The new world order - the winners and losers Dyfrig John CBE former CEO HSBC 12 May 2017, Noon, Pontypridd Campus, Treforest
UN Insider Lord Williams of Baglan UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon 15 June 2017, 6.30pm, Cardiff Campus, ATRiuM
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Speakers

North Korea Exposed: Propaganda in the Hermit Kingdom


Jeremy Hunter, award winning photographer and journalist


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"Incredible insight, a wonderful presentation. Absolutely fascinating material from a fascinating man."  Anonymous BOS Online 2016

"A candid and shocking insight into North Korea. The students laughed and gasped at the stories from Jeremy Hunter."  Ebbw Vale Learning Zone, Coleg Gwent


Jeremy Hunter - the celebrated photographer - entered North Korea just before the death of Kim Jong-Il, to photograph "ARIRANG" - an extraordinary, epic, propagandist spectacle staged outdoors in Pyongyang in the world's largest stadium every August and September for the previous ten years, featuring a meticulously choreographed military and gymnastic display before vast backdrops created out of thousands of hand-held flip charts.

In this talk, Jeremy Hunter illustrates and reveals the cultural and political significance of many of these backdrops, and in the first half of his lecture gives an extraordinary account of daily life in what Robert Gates, former CIA director, described as "the toughest intelligence target in the world".



Managing Risk, Uncertainty and Crisis in the Global Economy


Dyfrig John CBE, former CEO HSBC


> Reviews:

"Dyfrig's down-to-earth approach and personality inspired  everyone I talked to.."  Eric Hou, Lecturer in Law, University of South Wales

"Good for our students and other young people to hear such inspiring words from someone who started their education at USW and went on to achieve so much." Anon, Online Survey


Dyfrig John CBE has worked at the highest levels of international banking and finance, culminating in his tenure as Chief Executive of HSBC, one of the giants of global banking and investment. He has served, too, on the boards of the Lloyds Banking Group and, closer to home, the Principality.

In his talk, he will reveal the challenges of managing financial institutions and decision-making with the potential to influence the fate of nations and, indeed, the global economy. Throughout his long association with the Midland Bank and, later with its successor, HSBC, he has acquired extensive experience of banking across Asia and Europe, and he will speak about his role in managing the transformation of HSBC in Malaysia’s emerging market. He will talk, too, about his role in the management of the fallout from the global financial crisis in 2008, when the UK financial system was on the brink of total collapse, and his views on the state of the global financial system.

Dyfrig John CBE is a graduate of the University of South Wales whos contribution to banking was described by HSBC Chairman Stephen Green as "immeasurable".



David-Hempleman-Adams, explorer

Coming in from the Cold: A lifetime's experience of Global Warming


Speaker: Sir David Hempleman-Adams OBE explorer and adventurer
Location: Pontypridd Campus, Treforest
Date/Time: TBA


Sir David Hempleman-Adams is one of the world’s leading explorers and adventurers. In 1996, he became the first Briton to walk solo and unsupported to the South Pole. Two years later, following a solo expedition to the North Pole, he was the first person to reach both the Geographic and Magnetic North and South Poles and climb the highest mountains in all seven continents. In total, he has made over thirty Arctic expeditions, reaching the Poles a record 14 times.

David has recently returned from leading Polar Ocean Challenge, the first crossing of the Arctic Ocean in a single summer season and an expedition conceived to highlight the impact of progressive recession of sea ice as a result of climate change.

In this talk, David Hempleman-Adams will look back on his career as a polar explorer at how climate change is dramatically changing our world in ways we have barely yet begun to comprehend.


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Defeating ISIS


Lord Hain of Neath, former cabinet minister


Reviews:

"Very well delivered and thought provoking talk with truly valuable insights into the complexity of the problem." Anon. Online Survey

"Extremely interesting. We were also able to meet with Lord Hain and gained an excellent understanding of the topic. An honour to meet such an interesting man."  Y Pant Comprehensive School


The first two major talks on current international affairs, in this opening lecture the Lord Hain will explore the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and analyse how the international community should respond to the challenges posed by the rapid rise to power of an organisation which, a little over a year ago, would have been known only to regional specialists and security consultants but which now headlines our national news.

Peter Hain is one of the best known figures in British politics and a respected commentator on international affairs. In government, he served as Minister for Africa while attached to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, during which time he was one of the main drivers behind a major international treaty to bring about an end to the 'blood diamond' trade.

During his time in government, he also held numerous Cabinet posts, including Secretary of State for Wales, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He retired from frontbench politics in 2008. He was made a Visiting Professor of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2013.


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China

Will China Dominate the 21st Century?


Speaker: Jonathan Fenby CBE award winning journalist and broadcaster
Location: Pontypridd Campus, Treforest
Date/Time: 23 March 2017


The global balance of power, we are often told, is shifting from west to east. China is a country with ambition – and a history – to match its geographic and demographic scale. Though its rapid economic growth is slowing, China’s bearing on the fortunes of the global economy is significant, and with the growth of its domestic market what happens in the country will affect producers across the globe.

What, however, of the strategic political objectives of its political leadership, its foreign policy, its ‘soft power’? For this talk, we are delighted to welcome Jonathan Fenby CBE, a leading China-specialist, to examine the role this giant of the global economy is likely to play in coming decades and what it will mean for the UK.

A former editor of both The Observer and the South China Morning Post, Jonathan Fenby is the author of a dozen books, including Tiger Head, Snake Tails: China Today, How it Got There and Where it is Heading (2012).


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We so enjoyed Peter Hain’s last lecture, and I am enjoying reading his book now. Thank you. St Clares School

Child Holocaust Survivor


Steven Frank, Holocaust Survivor


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"Priceless! Students need to see it, they need to experience it, not just read about it in a book." Gemma Jenkins, St Teilo's Comprehensive School


Seventy years ago, Allied forces liberated the Theresienstadt concentration camp in what is today in the north of the Czech Republic, .

Born in Amsterdam in 1935, when World War 2 ended Steven Frank was a nine year old interred in the Theresienstadt ghetto in what was then Czechoslovakia, one of a series of such places which the Nazis used as the sites for their genocide. Out of 15,000 Jewish children held there, only 93 survived to be liberated by the Soviets.

Today, as those with direct experience of one of the darkest moments of modern history are dwindling in number, Steven Frank's powerful story looks at prejudice in the context of the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of one who lived through it, its personal costs and the wider lessons of memory and tolerance. 


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Mystery Guest

GLOBAL CHOICES INVITATION ONLY


Speaker: SPECIAL GUEST
Location: TBA
Date/Time: Spring 2017 TBA


Further details to be confirmed, but we would advise marking this date in your diary.


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Sir Richard Dearlove

BREXIT, National Security, Trump and the 'Special Relationship'


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“I thought it was really fascinating and an ideal opportunity for our students to hear from and put questions to someone as prestigious as Sir Richard Dearlove. Our students are currently studying a module about war, conflict and terrorism so some of the remarks made about UK Counter Terrorism Strategy will be really valuable when they begin their assignments.” Amanda Morgan, Coleg Sir Gar

"The masterclass was outstanding!" Carl Williams, Gwent Police


Sir Richard Dearlove, KCMG OBE, was head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, a role fictionally known as "M" and actually, though informally, as "C", from 1999 until 6 May 2004.

In this lecture, Sir Richard Dearlove, one of the foremost intelligence experts in the UK, examines the extent to which the UK's national security has been influenced by its EU membership and how Brexit will affect the UK's situation as Europe's leading defence and intelligence power.

He will discuss the sort of scenarios which could affect the evolution of the 'Special Relationship' under the Trump presidency, whilst considering what derivatives these new variables could produce in the UK's national security policy and their likely influence on the larger issue of European security. 

During his tenure as Head of MI6 the service witness the 9/11 attacks in the US, the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq and an RPG attack on the service itself at its Vauxhall branch.


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Trump, Globalisation and Free-trade


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The second of two major talks on current international affairs, Lord Hain will reflect on the most recent US presidential election and inauguration of Donald Trump, tackling what Trumpenomics will mean for the world.

President-elect Trump has made clear he will tear up trade agreements which he sees as compromising American interests. Once in the White House, how will he balance American commitments to lowering barriers to trade with the promises he made on the road to the Presidency to 'make America great again'? 

Peter Hain is one of the best known figures in British politics and a respected commentator on international affairs. In government, he served as Minister for Africa while attached to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, during which time he was one of the main drivers behind a major international treaty to bring about an end to the 'blood diamond' trade.

During his time in government, he also held numerous Cabinet posts, including Secretary of State for Wales, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He retired from frontbench politics in 2008. He was made a Visiting Professor of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2013.


> Listen to the Podcast In Conversation with Lord Hain of Neath


Commuication

Winning Hearts and Minds: Communications and psychological warfare


Speaker: Paul Bell
Campus: Pontypridd Campus, Treforest
Date/Time: 2 March 2017, 12pm


The importance of 'winning hearts and minds' as an integral element of military campaigns has been recognised for at least a century. Strategic communications, however, have been transformed by contemporary media, from 24/7 news coverage to the Internet and social networking, influencing the behaviour and perceptions of those caught up in conflict zones.

Paul Bell is a communications expert with a vast portfolio of international experience. He was the communications director for the first democratic elections in post-apartheid South Africa and has gone on to advise governments across the world.

Among recent briefs, he has provided guided the communications campaign of the African Union's military strategy in Somalia and the British military in Iraq.

Formerly Chief Executive of the UK's largest public relations company, Bell Pottinger, Paul Bell is currently non-executive Director at Albany Associates.


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Rt Hon Jack Straw, From Home Secretary to Justice Secretary: A personal account

What's the point of British foreign policy?


Speaker: Rt Hon Jack Straw former cabinet minister
Location: Pontypridd Campus, Treforest
Date/Time: 16 March 2017, 1pm


More than at any point for a generation, the role of British foreign policy is of paramount public interest. As the UK prepares to leave the EU, how will government forge a new relationship not only with former partner states in the EU, but also other states across the globe, and not least China, Russia and the USA?

What is the position the UK wishes to assume on the world stage and will its foreign policy serve to secure the country’s strategic interests overseas?

To discuss the UK’s role on the world stage, we welcome back to the University the Rt. Hon. Jack Straw, British Foreign Secretary 2001-2006.


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Dyfrig John CBE, Global Choices

The new world order - the winners and losers


Speaker: Dyfrig John CBE former CEO HSBC
Location: Pontypridd Campus, Treforest
Date/Time: 12 May 2017, 12pm


In June 2016, the result of a closely contested election committed the UK to withdrawing from the EU. Those who campaigned for the UK to leave were clear the UK would be better off outside the UK. By contrast, those who resolved to remain in the EU forecast economic troubles as investors and businesses moved their interests abroad.

Nearly a year on from the referendum, we welcome back to the University Dyfrig John, one of the country’s most senior financial experts, to consider how far we can now assess the impact of ‘Brexit’ on the UK economy, for the British government and, of course, for British citizens.

Dyfrig John CBE is a graduate of the University of South Wales who's contribution to banking was described by HSBC Chairman Stephen Green as "immeasurable".


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Mystery Guest

Technology Ecosystems: Collaboration vs competition


Speaker: Bindi Karia, formely Head of Emerging Business Development Microsoft
Location: Pontypridd Campus, Treforest
Date/Time: 29 March 2017, 12pm


From Apple and Google, to Facebook and Intel, 'Silicon Valley' has become synonymous with the U.S. high technology industry and is an environment which governments have sought to reproduce in other countries.

What were the conditions which made this growth possible? What are the challenges for creating a high tech ecosystem in the UK?

Bindi Karia is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities in this field. A former Vice President of the Silicon Valley Bank and Microsoft UK's Emerging Business Lead, she is often referred to as the 'UK Queen of Tech Startups'.


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UN Insider

UN Insider


Speaker: Lord Williams of Baglan UN Special Coordinator for Lebannon
Location: Cardiff Campus, ATRiuM Building
Date/Time: 15 June 2017, 6.30pm


What are the prospects of ending the war in Syria? Six years on, the terrible conflict appears to show little sign of abating. The complex geopolitics of the conflict, from the spectre of ISIS to the crucial role of Russia, require, Michael Williams argues, a constellation of international actors to be at the negotiating table along with the bitter enemies on the ground in Syria.

As the tide of migrants seeking refuge in Europe illustrate it is not a matter from which states in neighbouring regions are removed. What, then, should be the way forward?

Lord Williams of Baglan, an acclaimed analyst and hugely experienced diplomat who has worked in postings across the world, especially in the Middle East and Asia, will explore these global issues in his first talk.  

Lord Williams was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University in recognition of his contribution to diplomacy and human rights across the world.


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