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Oxford University invites Seven Pillars Institute president to speak on global finance, ethics

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

LAWRENCE – Kara Tan Bhala, president and founder of Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance and Ethics and lecturer at the University of Kansas School of Business, accepted an invitation from Oxford University to deliver a presentation about ethics in finance. Oxford University’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics will host Tan Bhala. Her talk, scheduled for May, is part of the Centre’s St. Cross Special Ethics Seminars.

Seven Pillars Institute (SPI) is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan organization. Its mission is to highlight and analyze ethical issues in finance with a view to enhancing practice and policy. Its quest is to develop a theory of finance in which ethics plays an integral role.

The instituted is based in Lawrence, Kan., and is the first think tank of its kind in the world. While based locally, the reach and focus of the institute is global. The work of the institute is frequently featured by RealClearMarkets, an online financial news service, and in articles from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Fortune, Forbes, and Bloomberg.

Tan Bhala works with student interns from universities around the United States, including the University of Kansas. The students come from disciplines such as economics, law and philosophy. This year, SPI will hire interns from England, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

SPI is developing relationships with many international organizations that conduct pioneering research on the emerging field of ethics in finance. First on that list is the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain. Tan Bhala’s lecture at Oxford should lead to further collaboration between the university and SPI.

The event follows presentations last year at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Seoul, South Korea, and the Heidelberg Center for Latin America in Santiago, Chile. Qatar Law Forum in Doha has also participated in the discussion.

For more information about the institute, please visit www.sevenpillarsinstitute.org or contact Tan Bhala.