Born in 1938 in London, Peter Oppenheimer has since 1967 been a ‘Student', i.e. Fellow of Christ Church, Oxford. Until April 2000 he was Tutor in Economics (partially specialising in international finance and trade), thereafter President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, until his retirement in September 2008.
His business experience includes two years (1985-86) on secondment from Oxford as chief economist with Royal Dutch-Shell, and various non-executive directorships, among them Dixons plc (1987-93), Oxford University Press (1987-97) and the Jewish Chronicle newspaper (1986-2006) where he was Chairman of the Board in 2001-2004. Business and academic experience alike has led him to condemn the gratuitous mushrooming in the past fifteen years of Oxford University’s central administration (as well as other damaging trends in UK higher education).
Elsewhere in the education sector he has been since 1985 a Governor (and in 1993-2006 was Chairman of Governors) of St. Clare’s, Oxford, an international school for the 16+ age group, specialising in the International Baccalaureate. His other School Governorships are St. Edward’s, Oxford (1979-2015), and the Haberdashers’ Schools in Monmouth (1987-2003).
He has broadcast and lectured a good deal to non-specialist audiences (in Russian, German and French as well as English), and for the past 25 years has been a regular visitor to the Former Soviet Union (mostly Russia), initially as an economic consultant on transition matters and also for a time (1998-2001) a representative of foreign shareholders on company boards. He co-edited, and contributed to, Russia's Post-Communist Economy (Oxford University Press, 2001).
Mr.Oppenheimer was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's School, the Royal Navy (1956-58) and The Queen's College, Oxford (1958-61), as well as the Bank for International Settlements (1961-64) and Nuffield College, Oxford (1964-67). He holds an Oxford MA degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.BACK TO SPEAKERS
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