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Friday, 16 August 2013, 5:15 p.m., Edinburgh
John Browne on Seven Elements That Are Shaping the World.
Special Event at Edinburgh International Book Festival

John Browne, Partner, Riverstone

This event occurred on: Friday, 16 August 2013, 5:15 p.m.


According to John Browne, uranium, carbon, iron, titanium, gold, silver, and silicon are the elements that will mould civilisation over the coming century. As chief executive of BP for over a decade, Lord Browne gained plenty of insight into minerals, and at this event he talks with BBC journalist James Naughtie about business, politics, society, and his book Seven Elements That Are Shaping the World.


Lord Browne of Madingley is a Partner of Riverstone. He is based in London. Lord Browne joined Riverstone in 2007 and is co-head of Riverstone’s Renewable Energy Funds. Prior to joining Riverstone, he spent 41 years at BP. He joined BP in 1966 and in 1984 he became Group Treasurer. In 1989, he became Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BP Exploration based in London. In September 1991, he joined the Board of The British Petroleum Company p.l.c. as a Managing Director. He was appointed Group Chief Executive in June 1995. Following the merger of BP and Amoco, he became Group Chief Executive of the combined group in December 1998 and remained in this position until May 2007.

He was the President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2006-2011, a Fellow of the Royal Society and a foreign member of the U.S. Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was appointed a Trustee of the Tate Gallery in August 2007 and Chairman of the Trustees in January 2009. He was the Chairman of the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance, which published its report in October 2010. He was appointed the UK Government’s Lead Non-Executive Board member in June 2010. He is also Chairman of a variety of advisory boards.

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