Philip Dodd

Philip Dodd is an award-winning broadcaster, commentator and agency chairman who was described in The Guardian in 2004 as ‘one of the two cleverest analysts of the political/cultural changes of his generation’. The work and writing he did for the think-tank ‘Demos’ on national identity helped to shape the government’s ‘Cool Britannia’ rebranding of the UK. He has given seminars to the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit, as well as to senior management of key media brands such as the BBC. In 1999, Elle Decoration named him one of the UK’s top 5 cultural entrepreneurs.

In 2000, he founded the Cultural Entrepreneurs Club: a support agency for over 500 of London’s creative businesses. This initiative has drawn world-wide interest. He has recently been appointed by the Chaoyang District government of Beijing to sit on its Creative Industries advisory board.

He is acknowledged to be one of the earliest cultural figures in the UK to understand the importance of China. He is one of the founders as well as the Creative Director of China Now, a major UK-wide festival to showcase contemporary Chinese culture in 2008. He was also commissioned by Melbourne to collaborate on a major Chinese dimension of the Design Festival in 2006 and is co-organising a series of seminars on China at 11 Downing Street, London. He is Co-
founder and Director of Made In China, an agency developing cultural, commercial and educational projects between China and the rest of the world.

He holds various academic professorships, has been a key figure in developing post-graduate education around the needs of the cultural economy and is the author of numerous books.

He is a regular presenter of BBC Radio 3 arts and ideas programme, Nightwaves.

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