Denise Hanrahan - Consul General of Ireland in Wales
Dr Huw Evans - Cardiff Metropolitan University
Helen Cunningham - Bevan Foundation
Wednesday 5 February 2020, 3:00pm - School of Management, Room 102
The Morgan Academy and the Bevan Foundation are delighted to deliver a seminar on emerging lessons and proposals for the south Wales valleys emerging from the Bevan Foundation’s work on economic resilience.
Governments have been attempting to regenerate the area for many years, with limited success. Automation, demographic change and Brexit present further challenges to some already fragile economies.
In this seminar, the Bevan Foundation will outline key factors and some proposals for taking the valleys forward to re-tipping the balance of economic development in favour of the 800,000 people and 100,000 businesses in the area. It will share emerging lessons from its work on social enterprise and community assets in the area and explore why practical, tailored and long-term interventions are vital tools for bringing about transformative change.
Bio: Helen joined the Bevan Foundation in March 2019 after a period at the European Commission in the department for Regional and Urban Policy.
She holds an MSc in European Governance and Public Policy from Cardiff University. Her thesis research explored the dynamic between EU cohesion policy and Welsh economic development policies and interventions in the Gwent Valleys.
Helen is currently looking at economic resilience, exploring practical solutions to address and improve some of the structural issues at play in local economies of the south Wales valleys.
Helen previously held roles in local government and the third sector, working with Public Service Boards and as an adviser at the National Assembly for Wales.
Dr Guy Diedrich - Vice President & Global Innovation Officer, Cisco Systems
Wednesday 9 October 2019, 3:00pm - School of Management, Room 113 (Supported by the Computational Foundry)
This presentation will focus on the value of trust in organisations and explore the dynamics and implications of building and diminishing trust over time with key stakeholders.
Bio: Dr Guy Diedrich is a Vice President and the Global Innovation Officer for Cisco Systems where he is responsible for Country Digital Acceleration. He is currently working with government and industry leaders in countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas to digitize the public and private sectors to increase GDP, create millions of next-generation jobs and develop sustainable innovation ecosystems. Prior to his current role at Cisco Systems, Dr Diedrich was a Vice Chancellor at the Texas A&M University System where he was responsible for research, commercialization, federal government relations, state government relations and strategic initiatives.
Before joining Texas A&M, Dr Diedrich served as President and CEO of GRA Inc., a software development and consulting company that he co-founded and grew from a start-up to a firm employing more than 130 professionals. The company was sold to a publicly-traded technology company.
Dr Diedrich holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge (Kings College) and a PhD from Swansea University where he studied the economics of trust in organizations. He served on the Executive Committee of the George H.W. Bush China-US Relations Conference and has served on several for-profit and non-profit boards, most recently as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at St Michael’s Academy in Austin, Texas. Dr Diedrich is a published author in cost accounting and medical psychology, and has worked extensively throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East for more than two decades.
Professor Calvin Jones - Cardiff Business School
Tuesday 19 February, 4pm - School of Management, Room 106
Abstract: Most economic analyses of place development focus on the allocation, use and interaction of resources and capital(s) within places as explanators. The implication of such a focus is that if a place (region or city-region for example) can gain capital(s), or improve their application, prosperity will arrive. In this presentation I suggest that this attention is misplaced, and this it is in fact the political relationship between ‘places’ that is a greater determinant of economic (and hence social and environmental) outcomes. Analyses of global development successes and failures, especially those from outside the economic mainstream, may have much light to shed on why places like Wales stubbornly resist (apparent) attempts to deliver improvements in their relative economic condition.