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Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill CBE
12:00 - 12:30 PM (EDT)

Dr. Beresford-Hill, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, is a distinguished international educator who holds postgraduate degrees from both Oxford University, UK, and Columbia University in New York.  He has enjoyed faculty appointments at both institutions.  He is currently the Director General of the Mountbatten Institute, a business school which specializes in international training and internships.  He was previously Headmaster of the Anglo-American International School in New York, and also served as Principal of the Bangkok Patana School, the British International School in Thailand.  While at Oxford he was a Research Associate in the Department of Education and Senior Member of Wadham College.  Ambassador Beresford-Hill is currently a Visiting Professor in the School of Business at St. Mary's University, London, UK.  He is a trustee of the Lehman College Foundation, part of the City University of New York, and served as Chairman of the Foundation of Mary Immaculate College,  Limerick, Ireland from 2010-2015.

Dr. Beresford-Hill was elected Chairman of the English-Speaking Union in 2015, following in the footsteps of past ESU chairmen including President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower; Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.; Attorney General George W. Wickersham; Supreme Allied Commander in Europe General Alfred M. Gruenther; Congresswoman the Hon. Patricia Scott Schroeder, JD; Security and Exchange Commission Chairman J. Sinclair Armstrong; former President of Yale and US Ambassador to the Court of St. James's Kingman Brewster; as well as six other ambassadors to the UK, one to Canada and one to Turkey.

Again in 2015, Dr. Beresford-Hill accepted the English-Speaking Union Founder's Award for his role in launching the ESU National Shakespeare Competition.  In 1983, while headmaster of the Anglo American School in New York, Dr. Beresford-Hill conceived a Shakespeare competition to be a part of the Britain Salutes New York festival.  Envisioning that the ESU might continue it into the future, Dr. Beresford-Hill asked the ESU to host the competition.  The ESU developed and expanded the competition through its network of Branches to be its flagship national educational program.


In 2018 Dr. Beresford-Hill was honored by Queen Elizabeth with an appointment as honorary Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his contribution to international education and British-American cultural relations.