GSEF Chairman’s Dinner 2012 with His Excellency Mr. Pekka Huhtaniemi (Ambassador of Finland to the United Kingdom)
Global Student Education Forum (GSEF), in collaboration with the Cambridge University Scandinavian
Society (ScanSoc), is hosting its annual Chairman’s Dinner on Monday, 27th February 2012 at the Small Hall, Old Court, Clare College, University of Cambridge. The guest of honour will be His Excellency Mr. Pekka Huhtaniemi, the Ambassador of Finland to the United Kingdom.
The dinner will begin at 19:30 and finish at 20:45. Prior to the dinner, His Excellency Mr. Huhtaniemi will be delivering a talk, titled ‘Secrets behind Finland's PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) Success’ at the Bennett Room, Memorial Court, Clare College, University of Cambridge from 18:15 to 19:15. The invitation is extended to all, including those who are not members of Cambridge University. Should you wish to attend the dinner, kindly send a cheque, made payable to ‘Global Student Education Forum’, to Natthapoj Vincent T. (Founder and Chairman of the Global Student Education Forum) at Global Student Education Forum, 119 Parkway, Regent’s Park, London NW1 7PS. Along with the cheque, please give your name and those of any guests you would like to bring, contact details, as well as specifying your choice for each course from our menu (see Page 3). Places are extremely limited, and thus are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Dress code is black tie.
The deadline for your reservation and payment is Friday, 17th February 2012, and they will be £36 each. For more information, please direct your enquiries to Natthapoj Vincent T. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Old Court, Clare College, University of Cambridge
E vent Programme 18:15 – 19:15
Talk, titled ‘Secrets behind Finland's PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) Success’ by His Excellency Mr. Pekka Huhtaniemi (Ambassador of Finland to the United Kingdom) (Bennett Room, Memorial Court, Library Building, Clare College, University of Cambridge)
19:30 – 20:45
GSEF Chairman’s Dinner (Small Hall, Old Court, Clare College, University of Cambridge)
A bout the Speaker His Excellency Mr. Pekka Huhtaniemi has served as the Ambassador of Finland to the United Kingdom since June 2010. His Excellency started his career at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1972. His previous positions included Finland’s Under-Secretary of State (External Economic Relations) (2006-2010); Ambassador to Norway (2003-2005), Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Finland, Geneva (1998-2003), Director General at the Department for External Economic Relations (1994), Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on economic and international affairs (1993-1994), Deputy Director General for multilateral trade and economic issues at the Department for External Economic Relations (1991-1993), Minister Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative to the GATT , Permanent Mission of Finland, Geneva (1986-1991), and various roles involving economic and social affairs at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations (1983-1986). Huhtaniemi served as the Head of Cabinet for the first Finnish member of the European Commission, Mr. Erkki Liikanen, in Brussels between 1995 and 1998. He holds a Master of Political Science, University of Helsinki, 1971.
A bout the Global Student Education Forum (GSEF) Established in 2008, the Global Student Education Forum (formerly known as the ‘Oxford – Cambridge Education Forum’) is a student-led non-profit initiative, based at the University of Cambridge. Its ultimate goal is to reduce global education inequality at the higher education level by making videos of lectures and talks, as given by high-profile speakers, available on its website (www.gseforum.org) to interested students world wide free of charge. Almost 30 ambassadors, ministers, deans, CEOs, directors, founders, researchers and headteachers, among other distinguished speakers, have already participated in our project.
A bout the Cambridge University Scandinavian Society (Scan Soc) The Cambridge University Scandinavian Society (Scan Soc) connects hundreds of members of the university community who share a common interest or in the Nordic countries. The society provides a meeting place for the many ambitious Scandinavian students who are studying at Cambridge, but any one is welcome who wishes to learn more about Scandinavian language and culture. Run entirely by students, the regular social events help create a strong network among Scan Soc's members.
Starters Pan Seared North Atlantic Scallops with Cauliflower Purée & Beignet, Smoked Bacon and Curry Oil Irish Goats Cheese Pearls, Tea Poached Pear & Baby Beetroot with Walnuts, Rocket, Vino Cotto Syrup, Toasted Brioche (Vegetarian)
Main Courses Spiced Pork Fillet, Brawn from Roast Belly & Deep Fried Black Pudding Bon Bon with Anna Potatoes, Carrot Purée, Glazed Apples, Cider Jus Open Ravioli of Wild Mushrooms with White Wine and Dill Reduction (Vegetarian)
Desserts Chocolate Fondant & Glazed Bananas with Cornish Vanilla Ice Cream, and Chocolate and Hazelnut Crumble
Drinks Sauvignon Blanc Norte Chico 2010 Merlot Norte Chico 2010
Talk (18:15 – 19:15) Bennett Room Memorial Court Library Building Clare College Queen's Road Cambridge CB3 9AJ (Free / No dress code)
Car Parking Space A small number of parking spaces at Memorial Court
Dinner (19:30 – 20:45) Small Hall Old Court Clare College Trinity Lane Cambridge CB2 1TL (£36 / Black-tie)
GSEF Chairman's Dinner 2010 with Professor Kathleen McCartney (Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education) as the special guest speaker. Dinner guests included Deans of British universitiesâ€™ Schools of Education.
GSEF Chairman's Dinner 2009 with Tony Little (Head Master, Eton College) as the special guest speaker. Dinner guests included Heads and Deputy Heads of British schools.
His Royal Highness Prince Seeiso (High Commissioner of Lesotho to the UK)
TĂľnis Lukas (Estonian Minister of Education)
Professor Christopher Colclough (founding Director, UNESCOâ€™s Global Monitoring Report on Education for All)
Professor Pamela Munn (President, British Educational Research Association)
Professor Kathleen McCartney (Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Professor Deborah Stipek (Dean, Stanford University School of Education)
Professor Susan Fuhrman (President, Columbia University Teachers College)
Dr. Alan Gillespie (Chair, Economic and Social Research Council)
Tony Little (Head Master, Eton College)
Barnaby Lenon (Head Master, Harrow School)
Gill Goodswen (President, National Union of Teachers)
Brett Wigdortz (Founder and CEO, Teach First)
Jeffrey Beard (Director-General, International Baccalaureate Organisation)
Simon Lebus (Chief Executive, Cambridge Assessment)
Professor Mick Waters (former Director of Curriculum, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority)
Tony Smith (Director for Education, Cambridge Education Consultancy)
Steve Beswick (Director of Education, Microsoft UK)
Charles Kane (President, One Laptop Per Child)
Phil Baty (Deputy Director, Times Higher Education)
Ann Cotton (Founder and Executive Director, Campaign for Female Education)