University of Edingburgh
Business School &
Philosophy Department

Owen Kelly is a Doctoral Researcher in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, examining how ancient conceptions of morality relate to modern questions about justice in the acquisition and disposal of wealth. He is also Director of Engagement at the University of Edinburgh Business School, where he develops collaborations between the School and external partners; and Deputy Director of the Edinburgh Futures Institute, created by the University of Edinburgh to think afresh about questions facing societies and economies, particularly in relation to data-driven change.

From 2008 to 2016 he was Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise, the representative body for Scotland’s financial services industry. Before 2008, he worked for 20 years as a civil servant in the UK and Scottish Governments, where his policy specialisms were communications and international affairs.

He holds an honours degree in Chinese and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy, both from the University of Edinburgh; and a diploma in Chinese language from the University of Shandong. He is a trustee of several charities and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

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