Dr Paul Flather spent his early years in India and ended up reporting on Indian affairs and doing his primary research on Indian democracy. His family fled Lahore, where his great-great grandfather had founded hospitals, schools, colleges and charities at partition settling in Delhi. He was sent to school in the UK and has remained ever since, seeing himself as a child of the Commonwealth with feet in both countries.
He is currently a Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford, former president of its Senior Common Room, served as director of international affairs for the University for five years before being appointed founding Secretary-General of the Europaeum association of leading European university, led out of Oxford.
He also currently chairs several charity boards, The Forum for Philosophy (president) based at the LSE, the Oxford Adam von Trott Memorial Committee, and the Vicky Noon Educational Foundation which has provided more than £3 million to support Pakistani scholars study at Oxford and Cambridge.
After graduating from Balliol College, Oxford, he worked variously for the BBC, Times Newspapers, the New Statesman among other journals, before being elected as a full time politician, chairing London’s Post-Schools education committee. He was then appointed founding CEO/Secretary-General for the Central European University in Prague, Warsaw and Budapest, and supporting many Soror-backed Open Society initiatives across the former central and eastern Europe. He had worked with dissident groups in the region during the 1980s.
In 1994 he was appointed director of international and external relations for Oxford University, running alumni, media, community, governmental, international and publications relations, and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. Among many achievements he helped found and run the Oxford Jenkins Scholarships scheme.
Over the years, he has given lectures all over the world, chairing sessions and coordinating workshops, conferences and summer schools all over Europe, including high level sessions for the British Council on how to battle corruption, published many articles, chapters, edited collections, reports and books, and advised the EU on how to take forward is relations with India in the lead to the 50th anniversary of its independence.
He joined the Moot in 2004 and current chairs the Round Table’s Web Group Advisory Group.