BP - Clare Hall Inclusive Leadership Symposium 2017

The ‘BP - Clare Hall Inclusive Leadership Symposium’ is the second event in the series launched this year by Clare Hall on the theme of gender equality, leadership and inclusivity. The inaugural event of the series took place on 10 February 2017 and was chaired by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University.

The ‘BP - Clare Hall Inclusive Leadership Symposium’ has been organised in consultation with the Cambridge University’s International Engagement Programme, the Enterprise and Business Relations Programme, and the Gender Equality Champions at the University of Cambridge. On this occasion, the participants explored positive transformation of the workplace to attract and enable women’s progress into leadership positions and discuss recent cross-disciplinary research in this field. The goal of the event has been to identify opportunities for action which could deliver sustained benefits at individual, team and organisational levels – including industry application and collaboration with academic research. 

The symposium was chaired by Anna-Marie Greenaway, Director International University Relations, BP plc., and convened by Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Fellow and Tutor Clare Hall.

Symposium Agenda:

10.30 Registration and refreshments

11.00 Welcome addresses by the Chair and Convenor of the Symposium

11.15 Keynote presentations:

  • Dame Barbara Stocking, President Murray Edward College, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Khaled Soufani, Director of the Executive MBA, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Dame Angela Strank, Chief Scientist BP Plc.

12.15 Buffet lunch and Networking

13.30 Plenary session to map insights and new strategies 

14.15 Concluding remarks – priority opportunities and agreed actions 

14.30 End of the Symposium

Keynote speakers:

Dame Barbara Stocking became the 5th President of Murray Edwards College, founded as New Hall, in July 2013.

In addition to Barbara’s College responsibilities, Barbara is also a Trustee of the Gates Cambridge Trust and the Cambridge Trusts, and Chair of the Faculty Board of Human, Social and Political Sciences.  Externally to Cambridge she is Chair of the Trustees of Blueprint for Better Business, and Chair of the Steering Committee for the Humanitarian Memorial. In March 2015, Barbara was appointed Chair of the Independent Panel of Experts to assess WHO’s response in the Ebola outbreak. The report was published in July 2015.  It was widely praised and has resulted in major changes in WHO’s health emergencies planning and response. Prior to taking up the post of President at Murray Edwards College, Barbara was Chief Executive of Oxfam from May 2001 until February 2013. During this time she led major humanitarian responses.  On campaigning, Barbara led Oxfam's work on Make Poverty History, and more recently their work on climate change and the current Grow campaign on food justice in a resource constrained world.  Barbara regularly spoke at major global meetings, eg. Davos, World Economic Forum, UN, etc.  Previously a member of the top management team of the National Health Service, in her eight years with the NHS Barbara worked as Regional Director for the South East of England, and then as the founding Director of the NHS Modernisation Agency.

Dame Barbara talked about her recent Murray Edwards publication “Collaborating with Men”.

Dr Khalid Soufani holds a Masters degree in Applied Economics and a PhD in Financial Economics and is Senior Faculty in Management Practice and a member of the Economics Group at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Dr Soufani has published extensively in economics and finance in areas relating to financial management, corporate restructuring, M&A, private equity, venture capital and family business and the financial and economic affairs of small to medium-sized enterprises. His research also includes work on economic growth and innovation relating to the circular economy and fast-growing markets and economies. His work is widely cited and included in policy reports by organisations such as the EU, OECD and the Institute of Directors. His work has also been cited and published by the World Economic Forum. Before joining academia, Dr Soufani worked in investment banking in the area of bond and money market trading. Dr Soufani has been the academic programme director for many Executive Education programmes for major companies and financial institutions as well as government organisations.

Professor Soufani talked about gender imbalance and leadership perspectives in Executive MBA programmes.

Dr Dame Angela Strank, DBE, FREng, CEng, FIChemE, PhD, BSc

Dr Dame Angela Strank is BP’s Chief Scientist and Head of Technology for BP’s Downstream businesses.  Angela is a member of BP’s Downstream Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for the development of Downstream’s strategic technology agenda. In 2017, she was awarded a DBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to the oil and gas industry and for encouraging women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

Angela is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers and winner of the UK First Women’s Award in Science and Technology in 2010.


  • Dame Dr Angela Strank, Chief Scientist BP Plc.
  • Dame Barbara Stocking, President Murray Edward College, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Eilis Ferran, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations, and Professor of Company and Securities Law, University of Cambridge
  • Dame Athene Margaret Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Cambridge
  • Professor David Cardwell, Head of Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Khaled Soufani, Director of the Executive MBA, University of Cambridge
  • Helen Pennant, Director Cambridge Trust
  • Catherine Hasted, Director University of Cambridge ThinkLab
  • Professor Jeremy Sanders, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
  • Judith Shawcross, Head, Executive and Professional Development, IfM Education and Consultancy Services, University of Cambridge
  • Peter Duff, BP Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • Anna-Marie Greenaway, Director International University Relations, BP Plc. 
  • Karina Prasad, Head of Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Andy Neely, IfM, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Laura Diaz Anadon, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge
  • Dr A. Motrescu-Mayes, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge
  • Tomas Ulrichsen, Research Associate IfM, University of Cambridge
  • Prof Stuart Clarke, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Nicky Athanassopoulou, Senior Industrial Fellow, IfM ECS, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Nitya Khemka, Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Development Studies, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Miriam Lynn, Equality & Diversity Consultant, University of Cambridge
  • Isabelle de Wouters, Energy@Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative, Maxwell Centre
  • Hannah Laeverenz Schlogelhofer, EPSRC CDT in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Dr Agnieszka Iwasiewicz-Wabnig, Maxwell Centre Programme Manager, University of Cambridge
  • Phil Catton, Business Co-ordinator, Research Strategy Office, University of Cambridge
  • Natasha Camillo-Castillo, Assistant to BP Head of Downstream Technology and Chief Scientist


Pictured: An introduction from Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes

Pictured: Anna Geenaway

Pictured: Dame Barbara Stocking

Pictured: Dr Dame Angela Strank

Pictured: Professor Khaled Soufani

Pictured: Professor Eilís Ferran