Headline Sponsors


Saab Group

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

Saab has about 12 500 employees. Annual sales are around SEK 24 billion and research and development corresponds to about 20 percent of annual sales.

For more information, please visit Saab’s website. 


The Democracy Forum

The Democracy Forum is a non-profit-making organisation founded in 2009 by Mr Sarup Singh Seehra and J S Bains, under the patronage of Baroness Emma Nicholson.

Our aim is:

  •  To work for the furtherance of democracy, peace and the rule of law in order to eliminate religious fundamentalism and terrorism from our global communities, with special emphasis on a community-based approach to countering extremism and political violence;

It does this by:

  • Developing relationships and dialogue with think-tanks, academic institutions, the media and the general public in Europe, Asia and the US, with a view to encouraging open political debate on these issues;
  • Collating and disseminating news stories from countries where democratic norms are not respected, focusing on political groups who are antagonistic towards pluralistic liberal democracies.

Specifically it aims to:

  • Foster a meaningful and mutually beneficial relationship between expatriates from the Indian subcontinent in the UK and their home state, and explore the contribution made by members of the diaspora to the democracy debate, based on their own experiences.

We produce a fortnightly newsletter, consisting of relevant news stories from around the world, as well as hosting several annual seminars and discussion groups on issues pertaining to peace, democracy and composite culture, in venues including the Houses of Parliament, Cambridge University, the LSE, Chatham House, and The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai. Previous speakers at these events include Professor Anatol Lieven, Victoria Schofield, Stephen Hammond MP, Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy and Dr C Christine Fair.

 Our original patron Baroness Nicholson was followed in the role by Tony Baldry MP. Our current chairman is Sir Peter Luff MP, Sir Mota Singh is the vice-chairman and journalist Tom Deegan is the vice-president.

Other members of the team include Dr William Crawley of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies; Rita Payne, president of the Commonwealth Journalists Association; Lord Rana; Richard Harrington MP; broadcaster Pablo Sat-Bhambra; and journalists David Watts and Shyam Bhatia.

For more information, please visit The Democracy Forum’s website. 

Associate Sponsors


African Leadership Centre

King’s College London, University of Nairobi

Msc Degrees: Security Leadership & Society; Leadership & Development

Fellowship Programmes

The African Leadership Centre (ALC) is a Pan African Centre of Excellence on peace, security and development with a Campus in Nairobi, Kenya, established as a collaboration between King’s and University of Nairobi; and a Unit in the International Development Institute, King’s College London. The ALC aims to build a new community of leaders generating cutting-edge knowledge on peace, security and development. Through its Fellowship programmes, it trains and mentors young Africans with the potential to lead and enable innovative change in their communities and in the region. The ALC also offers two Masters Degree programmes with a global focus at King’s College London. The programmes are concerned with the leadership dimensions of security and development across the developing world.

MSc Security, Leadership and Society: considers the mutually reinforcing links between Security, Leadership and Society at various strata: national, regional and continental. The programme brings together the various thematic strands that examine the nature of societal leadership and its impact on security within and across developing countries and regions. It is envisaged for students who have deep interest in understanding how societal and leadership peculiarities can influence the nature of security.

MSc Leadership and Development: focuses on the issues that engage leadership as a central factor in the dynamics of development. It undertakes a detailed study of the various developmental paradigms using the lens of leadership within its key constituency of developing societies with some references to emerging economies and the developed world. In addition, the programme engages area studies as it crossreferences various developing regions including Africa, Asia and Latin America. Students on both MSc programme also benefit from a wide range of module offerings from across the Global Institutes at King’s College London.

For more information about the ALC, visit: www.africanleadershipcentre.org

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Department of War Studies

King’s College London

The Department of War Studies is a political and military research and teaching facility at King’s College London. It was founded in February 1962 by Sir Michael Howard, with the first intake of students in September that year. The Department is considered a world leader in the broad academic discipline of International Relations and in the quality of its work output, as well as for the career prospects of its graduates.

It is part of the School of Social Science & Public Policy at King’s College London, and is affiliated with numerous think-tanks and foreign policy institutions. The Department houses numerous research institutes and centers, including the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives.

For more information, please visit the webpage of the Department of War Studies. 



King’s International Development Institute

King’s International Development Institute (IDI) focuses on “emerging economies,” both to explore the sources of their success as well as understand the major development challenges they continue to face. The fast growing and changing societies in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East raise new questions about national development and promoting sustainable and equitable growth. In turn, they offer vital lessons for each other, for poorer economies, and even for the developed West.

The Institute has two major themes:

  • The comparative investigation of emerging economies King’s IDI looks at rising economic powers like the BRIC countries (Brazil, India, Russia and China), and other successful economies such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey and South Korea. King’s IDI asks what these countries have done that is distinctive and new. But, we also explore whether these changes are enduring and examine the ongoing challenges facing these nations.
  • The examination of how emerging economies promote equitable development Rapidly developing countries wrestle with old problems even rapid change creates new ones. King’s IDI focuses on promoting equitable and inclusive development: addressing poverty and inequality, supporting the new middle classes, and creating social policies that support long-term equitable growth.

For more information, please visit the King’s IDI website. 

Other Contributors

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King’s College London Student Opportunity Fund 2013-2014

King’s College London Student Opportunity Fund 2013-2014 has generously awarded the CSD2014 Conference a grant for a £1000 pounds. For more information on the Student Opportunity Fund, please visit their webpage.

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