Paul Flather is a Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford, and founding Secretary–General of the Europaeum, a club of leading European universities (2001-18). His past research focused on Indian democracy, education, and corruption studies. He spent eight years as a journalist working with the BBC, Times newspapers, New Statesman (deputy-editor), and was elected to the former London Council (heading London post-school education). In the 1980s he worked actively with dissident movements in Central Europe, and with race equality groups in the UK, founding Secretary-General/CEO of the Central European University (1990-94), and helped create many Soros foundation programmes. He has since been Director of External and International Relations for Oxford University (1994-2000) and expert advisor to the European Commission for its first multi-million Europe-India programme in 1997. Currently, he continues his work as founder of the British Organisation of People of Indian Origin, his work as Chair of Noon Education Foundation (providing Oxbridge scholarships for Pakistanis), he sits on the RoundTable Commonwealth journal board, and lectures all over the world. He is a visiting academic at Charles University.