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07-08 March 2019 

Building Stability:

Security & Development Futures in an Uncertain World

Conflict, Security & Development Conference 2019

The Conference

Two Days of Powerful Talks - 7th and 8th March 2019

The challenges facing global development and security, as well as the international response to these challenges, are experiencing drastic changes. Global trends including environmental breakdown, resource depletion, state fragility and democratic decline are taking place against a global power shift away from states to networks, from the national to the local, and from West to East. The sixth annual Conflict, Security & Development Conference brings together leading academics, policy practitioners and non-governmental leaders to discuss the serious challenges posed by the convergence of these destabilising forces. It will address the future of Western overseas aid; the future of private sector engagement in fragile states and the ability of the private sector to aid progress towards fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs); the building of local resilience in relation to issues of environment, food, and population; and the transformative impact of China’s emergence as an investment ‘superpower’ on the development landscape.

The Conflict, Security & Development Conference is organised by postgraduate students from the War Studies Department and the Department of International Development (ID) at King’s College London. The two-day conference will take place on the 7th and 8th March, 2018. This sixth edition of the conference will focus on “Building Stability: Security and Development Futures in an Uncertain World."

Panels include: The Future of Private Investment in Fragile States, The Future of Overseas Aid, Building Local Resilience, and Belt and Road: China's Rise and The Transformation of Global Development. 

The ticket includes access to the conference, a working lunch and two wine receptions, as well as tea and coffee throughout the two days. 


About the KCL Programmes

Conflict, Security & Development (CSD) Programme​

The Conflict, Security & Development postgraduate programme in the War Studies Department of King’s College London is led by Professor Mats Berdal. It seeks to study the ways in which these three fields interconnect in theory and in practice. The programme is geared towards giving students a detailed understanding of real conflict situations, whilst providing a well-informed theoretical framework to approach case studies.


King’s Department of International Development (DID) 


The Department of International Development, directed by Professors Peter Kingstone and Andy Sumner, is a contemporary and innovative development institute focusing on emerging economies in the modern world with specific teaching expertise on Latin America and South Asia. The subject is context-driven, exploring social, political and economic changes: the sources of their success and changing development needs and challenges.











We are proud to bring inspirational speakers from around the globe. This list is still being updated, so come back to see any new additions.

Rory Stewart OBE MP

Member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border 

Mike Penrose 

Executive Director, UNICEF UK


Dr. Margherita Calderone

Risk & Resilience Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute

Natasha Walter 

Founder and Director of Women for Refugee Women

Joe Shamash

Evaluations Manager, Private Infrastructure Development Group

Ben Le Roith

Group Head, Extreme Poverty and Southern Africa, DFID

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Dr. Mina Toksoz

Associate Fellow, Global Economy and Finance, Chatham House

Joelle Jenny 

Director, Joint Funds Unit, UK Civil Service

Prof. Abiodun Alao 

Programme Director, African Leadership Centre


Dr. Alex Vines OBE

Head of the Africa Programme, Chatham House

Dr. Kerry Brown

Professor and Director of the Lau China Institute, KCL


Dr. John Deverell CBE 

CEO, Deverell Associates

Antonio Celia

Visiting Professor in Practice, London School of Economics. Former CEO, Promigas

Sinead Magill

Europe, Middle East and Africa Director, Palladium 

Dr. Yu Jie

China Research Fellow, Chatham House and LSE IDEAS Associate Fellow

Tue Sando

General Counsel and Partner, Gemcorp

Prof. 'Funmi Olonisakin

International Vice-Principal & Founding Director of the Africa Leadership Centre, King's College London

Dr. Stephen Chan OBE

Professor and Programme Convenor, MSc African Politics, SOAS

Amalia Johnsson

Head of Programmes, Hand in Hand International 

Dr. Tahrat Shahid

Challenge Leader, Food Systems Portfolio at Global Challenges Research Fund

Prof. Mats Berdal

Professor and Programme Convenor, Conflict, Security, and Development, KCL

Sandrine Tiller

Strategic Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières


We are grateful to all of our sponsors for making this conference possible. Please click their logos to be directed to their websites.

Headline Sponsor


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Media Partners

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Our Team

Check out the dynamic team behind the conference. 

Cynthia Wang


Andrea Naranjo



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