Richard Briant

Richard Briant

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Richard’s roles include directing Oxford modules for the Archbishop Tutu Leadership Programme for next-generation leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, and for the Academic Leadership Development Programme for Indian university leaders.

Richard also co-directs a programme for the Hong Kong Jockey Club on innovation for social workers from Hong Kong.

Richard is a fellow of St Cross College and he directs two Chevening Indian and Sri Lankan fellowship programmes for the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office: one on science, innovation and leadership (CRISP) which is now hosted by St Cross College, and the Gurukul Programmes for Leadership and Excellence, hosted by the Department of Politics and International Relations.

Richard read history and law at Cambridge and studied Persian. His early professional experience was as a diplomat and civil servant. In the 1990s, he was the administrator in the Department of Materials and helped to set up the University of Oxford’s Science Park at Begbroke before moving to Saïd Business School as its first chief operating officer. Richard has also worked in the water industry as an economic consultant and specialist journalist.

Richard is a non-executive director of Oxford Archaeology Ltd, which is a major independent archaeology and heritage practice.