In conversation with Lord Browne FREng HonFEI

Evening Lecture
  • London and Home Counties
  • <p>Energy Institute<br />61 New Cavendish Street<br />London, W1G 7AR</p>
  • 17-09-2019
  • 17:30 - 20:00
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    DEL - 20.00
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Attend to discuss and purchase a signed copy of Lord Browne FREng HonFEI's new book - Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilisation


Please note that this event is now fully booked, but you can listen live for £5 - click here to register online

Former Group Chief Executive of BP, Lord Browne FREng HonFEI, will be joining us at this very special evening lecture alongside our president Steve Holliday FREng FEI.

Lord Browne will be discussing his new book, Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilisation, where he examines key questions raised by the advancement of new technologies, including:

  • Has the rise of social media affected our privacy and led to the uncontrollable spreading of ‘fake news’?
  • Will robots take our jobs?
  • By aiming to meet the world’s ever-increasing energy demand are we accepting the risks of climate change and its potentially devastating effects?

Lord Browne will highlight the many ways engineering has and will continue to shape our world. He will weigh up the new freedoms and opportunities technological advances provide us with and the actions that must be taken to mitigate any negative consequences on society.

As Lord Browne states in his book, ‘If you look around, you will see a world made richer, freer and less violent by engineering’.

You will also have the opportunity to buy and have this highly-rated book signed by Lord Browne himself at the event. Early booking is recommended, as we are expected to sell-out quickly!

Book reviews include:

'An ode to the ways in which engineering has improved human civilisation' John Hennessy, Chairman, Alphabet

'A blueprint for future global progress underpinned by the spirit of innovation' Lord Foster, architect


  • 17.30 - Registration and refreshments
  • 18.00 - Welcome from EI President
  • 18.15 - Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilisation - a conversation with Lord Browne FREng HonFEI
  • 18.50 - Q&A session with audience
  • 19:20 - Networking reception and book signing
  • 20:00 - Close


LORD BROWNE of Madingley

Lord Browne was born in 1948. He holds degrees in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and an MS in Business from Stanford.

He joined BP in 1966 as a university apprentice, between 1969 and 1983 had a variety of exploration and production posts in North America and the UK, and in 1984 became Group Treasurer and Chief Executive of BP Finance International. He held senior roles during the BP/Standard and BP/Amoco mergers in 1987 and 1998 and was appointed Group Chief Executive in 1995. He left in 2007.

He is Executive Chairman of L1 Energy and co-Chairman of Wintershall Dea, Europe’s largest independent oil and gas company. He is Chairman of Huawei UK, Stanhope Capital, and the Accenture Global Energy Board. He sits on the boards of Pattern Energy and IHS Markit, and is a member of the advisory boards of Edelman, Schillings and the big data technology companies Afiniti, Kayrros, and Windward.
Lord Browne was voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today every year between 1999 and 2002, was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001.

He was Chairman of the Trustees of the Tate Galleries from 2009 to 2017. He is currently Chairman of the board of the Donmar Warehouse, Chairman of the Courtauld Institute of Art and a Trustee of the Holocaust Educational Trust. He is a member or Chairman of the boards of a number of other organisations, including the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford.

He is Chairman of the Francis Crick Institute, a Fellow and past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and an Honorary Fellow of a number of institutions.

He was the UK Government’s Lead Non-Executive Board Member from 2010 to 2015, and chaired the committee that authored the Browne Report, an independent review of higher education published in 2010.

In 1999, The Royal Academy of Engineering awarded him the Prince Philip Medal for his outstanding contribution to engineering. He has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates from a number of leading universities, is an Honorary Fellow of John’s, Cambridge, and is a Senior Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford.

His interests are 16th- to 18th-century illustrated Italian books; pre-Colombian art; contemporary art; music; opera and the theatre; and Venice.

Lord Browne is the author of Beyond Business, Seven Elements that Changed the World, The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business and the Sunday Times bestseller Connect: How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically with Society. His fifth book – Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilisation – was published in May 2019.

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