Preparing leaders: an interdisciplinary approach

Monday 01 June 2015 -
09:00 to 10:15
Session 1.6. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

Global challenges need the best academic brains to solve them. The humanities, sciences and social sciences all play vital roles, but these must work together in interdisciplinary ways to build effective solutions. Yet tomorrow’s leaders continue to be educated in traditional academic silos. Worse still, could our current obsession with the economic value of studying business and STEM related subjects turn many away from the humanities and social sciences?

This session presents research on educational pathways of global leaders, showcases how a multinational corporation uses interdisciplinary approaches in serving the world’s poorest populations and examines the benefits of an integrated academic experience.

Kalika Bali
Researcher - Multilingual Systems Group, Microsoft Research, India

Kalika Bali is a researcher at Microsoft Research, India. She has worked for the last 15 years in the area of speech and language technology, especially for resource poor languages. The primary focus of her research is on how natural language systems can help human-computer interaction. Session 1.6

Kalika Bali

Meghann Jones
Research Director and Head of International Research, Ipsos Public Affairs, USA

Meghann is an experienced research and evaluation director and an expert in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. She focuses on the delivery of multi-country research and evaluation projects across a range of contexts for clients such as UNICEF, UNDP, US Department for State and the US Agency for International Development. Session 1.6

Meghann Jones

Dr Baishakhi Taylor
Associate Dean - Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, USA

Dr Baishakhi Taylor is the Associate Dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University. She is also the Program Director for two immersive civic engagement programs in India and a research scholar in the Program in Education at Duke University. Session 1.6

Dr Baishakhi Taylor

Professor Evelyn Welch
Vice-Principal - Arts and Sciences, King’s College London, UK

Evelyn Welch is Vice-Principal (Arts & Sciences) and Professor of Renaissance Studies in the Department of History, School of Arts & Humanities. She graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Renaissance History and Literature and received her PhD from the Warburg Institute, University of London. Session 1.6

Professor Evelyn Welch