Dr Michael Schluter CBE trained as an economist before working as a consultant with the International Food Policy Research Institute and the World Bank in East Africa.

He is now a leading campaigner and social reformer. In 1982 he established the Jubilee Centre, a Christian think tank focusing on social and economic issues. He also launched the Keep Sunday Special campaign against the deregulation of Sunday trading in 1985, causing Margaret Thatcher’s only defeat in Parliament.

In 1994, Michael launched Relationships Foundation, and through this has been instrumental in setting up Citylife and the charities Equity for Africa and Concordis International.

He is co-author of The R Factor and The R Option and has contributed to a number of other books looking at social issues from a relational perspective.

In February 2009 Michael was appointed Commander of the British Empire for his charitable efforts. He is also an accomplished speaker who has addressed audiences all over the world.

Dr Schluter will address the plenary session on 'Building a relational Europe' and will also provide input for several consultations, speaking to church leaders, politicians and healthcare workers.