We warmly congratulate our regular visiting scholar, Michael Oborne, on the recent honour paid to him by the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California. Having gained degrees in several universities around the world, he worked for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris for 31 years, first becoming closely involved in China and publishing studies of its economic emergence; and then being appointed Deputy Director for the Science and Technology Division, where he undertook, among many other projects, the first studies on the emerging public Internet, and international discussions on climate change. In his last ten years at the OECD Michael served as Director General for Strategic Foresight, concerned with energy supply and the environment, an aging worldwide population, the future of the family, and issues in biotechnology and bioeconomy.
Following his retirement from the OECD in 2011 he has directed the Las Casas Institute at our Dominican neighbour in Oxford, Blackfriars Hall, where he teaches as a Fellow, as well as in Italy and Paris. In recognition of his distinguished economic and cultural career, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California, recently had pleasure in conferring on him the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa, and admitting him a Fellow of the School. Vivat!