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Taught by experts

The course will be co-delivered by Professor Abhinay Muthoo of the University of Warwick, and Cat Tully and Jerry O'Brien of SOIF. DCDC, the UK MOD's global trends think-tank, will present a morning briefing, and a leading expert on Africa will join to give an early evening talk.

Cat Tullyjerry_obrien.jpgCat Tully and Jerry O’Brien are recognised leaders in the field of strategic planning and foresight. Cat’s background includes work for the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and Foreign Office where she was instrumental in bringing in foresight techniques to improve the quality of strategy and policy processes. Jerry, has over 30 years’ experience in the UK Public Sector including serving with Special Forces and the London Fire Brigade . In recent years he has provided strategic consulting, procurement, project and programme assurance, coaching, mediation, assessment and training interventions to corporate and public boards.

Melanie Robinson

Melanie Robinson is a Civil Servant in the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), where she works on the Strategic Futures Programme of the MOD’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) in Shrivenham. Melanie joined DCDC in October 2012, during which time she has also served as DCDC’s Strategy Advisor, with responsibility for the Chief of the Defence Staff’s Strategy Forum, and DCDC’s Research Lead in the Development, Analysis and Research Team. Melanie joined the MOD in March 2009, as a Research Manager in the Defence Academy’s Research and Assessment Branch (formerly the Advanced Research and Assessment Group). Following disbandment of the Branch in April 2010, she was retained on the staff of the Defence Academy as Seminar & Academic Co-ordinator. Her responsibilities as part of this role included organisation of joint seminars with the US National Defense University at their base in Washington DC, as well as setting up a new Strategic Studies Cell at the Royal College of Defence Studies, established in September 2010. Prior to joining the Ministry of Defence, Melanie worked as a solicitor in private practice in London and Bristol for a total of eight years, specialising in tax and estate planning. Melanie graduated from Trinity College Cambridge with a degree in Social and Political Sciences in 1996, following which she remained at Trinity for a further two years to complete a second degree in Law. She also holds an MA (with Distinction) in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London.


Colonel Joachim Isacsson is a Swedish Marine with 35 years of military service. He has been posted to the UK MOD Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre in Shrivenham since June 2013, where he is Deputy Assistant Head of DCDC Futures and the Global Strategic Trends Programme. Joachim is a graduate from the Swedish National Defence College and has studied international relations and security policy at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Switzerland. Joachim spent the first decade of his career as a soldier, Platoon, Company and Battalion commander in the Swedish Marines. He has also had a number of senior staff appointments in the Swedish Defence Staff and internationally, served as advisor to the Latvian Defence Staff, as well as Senior Lecturer in Strategic Studies at the Swedish Defence University in Stockholm. He has experience from a number of military operations, and African Peace Support Operations training programs. Joachim is married and has four children. His favourite interests are military history and trekking.

Professor Abhinay MuthooProfessor Abhinay Muthoo is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, and the Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab. He was the Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick for 8 years until end July 2016, when he took over as the Dean of Warwick in London. Abhinay was educated at the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge. Abhinay has published papers in many top economics journals including in the Review of Economic Studies, Journal Economic Theory and The Economic Journal. He is the author of Bargaining Theory with Applications, described as a publication that any economist should want to have as a reference.

Franklyn List

Professor Franklyn Lisk has more than 40 years of professional experience as an academic economist, development practitioner and policy adviser. He has taught and carried out research at universities in the UK, South Africa, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago. He is currently a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at Warwick University, UK, where he specialises in the international political economy of African development. He is also the ‘Africa Lead’ for Warwick’s Global Research Priority Programme on International Development.