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Roger Graef

Roger Graef

Filmmaker, broadcaster writer and criminologist

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Roger Graef OBE is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer and criminologist with a broad experience of companies, institutions and communications issues. He was a founding board member of Channel Four, was on the board of London Transport where he promoted better communications to passengers and staff – and co-designed the bus map. He ran the ICA Architectural Forum, taught at the Architectural Association, and was on the government review of planning law, where he chaired the group on Public Participation in Planning. He was on the RIBA Commission on the Future of Housing and was made a fellow of the RIBA in 2014. He was Visiting Professor of Media and Communications at Oxford University, and is currently Visiting Professor at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at the LSE. He founded and is now chair of the highly-respected independent company Films of Record. He specialises in story-telling and transparency, and has made several unstaged observational ‘films of record’ inside normally closed institutions, including the EU, the UN, government ministries, multinational corporation boardrooms, Great Ormond Street hospital, and CERN. His films cover business decision-making, cities, diplomacy, criminal justice, social affairs, medicine and science. Many are credited with producing positive change in the institutions he has filmed and are still used by them in training and promotion. He is also an advocate and mentor of multiplatform media and has produced projects such as CERNpeople for Google+ on the search for the Higgs Bosun. He is the author of many articles, several books, and is a regular contributor to Today and other Radio4 programmes. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to communications and media.

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