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World Economic Forum and LSE launch a series of public debates on Leadership, Management and Governance

This week the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the World Economic Forum launch a series of 2004 debates on Leadership, Management and Governance.

The first debate, Global Governance and Justice, will take place at LSE in London on Thursday 15 January, chaired by Professor David Held. The speakers will be Ann Florini, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Richard Samans, managing director of the World Economic Forum and Kevin Watkins, head of policy at Oxfam.

These 2004 debates will bring together experts from the World Economic Forum and LSE as well as other respected institutions and corporations to discuss key issues ranging from global governance to pensions to competitiveness.

Speaking for the World Economic Forum, executive chairman and founder of the Forum, Professor Klaus Schwab said: 'This is a great opportunity to team up with another world renowned and respected institution. It is part of the World Economic Forum's year round mission to improve the state of the world by bringing together stakeholders from all parts of society to debate and understand the problems that face us, and to formulate solutions.'

LSE Director Howard Davies said: 'I am delighted LSE and the World Economic Forum are working together. We share an interest in the linkage between economic and social policies both nationally and globally. There should be considerable synergies in bringing researchers and practitioners together. I am sure this is the beginning of a fruitful and mutually rewarding collaboration.'


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Global Governance and Justice is on Thursday 15 January at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE. The event is free and open to all with no ticket required. To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060, email: j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

The London School of Economics and Political Science is the world's leading social science institution for teaching and research. A 'laboratory of the social sciences', the School's academic profile spans a wide range of disciplines, from Economics, International Relations, Government and Law, to Sociology, Information Systems, and Accounting and Finance. Teaching and research are conducted through 19 departments and more than 30 research centres and institutes. LSE has nearly 8,000 students from more than 150 countries worldwide. Around 48 per cent are women and 52 per cent are postgraduates. LSE was ranked second after Cambridge for the quality of its research in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise of UK universities.

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world. The Forum provides a collaborative framework for the world's leaders to address global issues, engaging particularly its corporate members in global citizenship.

Incorporated as a foundation, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. The Forum has NGO consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. More information at http://www.weforum.org|

12 January 2003