Theodore Zeldin is President of The Oxford Muse, a Foundation pioneering new methods of improving personal, professional and inter-cultural relationships in ways that satisfy both private and public values. His books, which have been translated into twenty-four languages, include A History of French Passions, Happiness, An Intimate History of Humanity, and Conversation. His work has focused on the role of the individual and emotions in every aspect of life, on the future of work and on corporate social responsibility.

He is an Emeritus Fellow and former Dean of St Antony's College Oxford which he helped to develop as the university's postgraduate Centre for International Studies, an Honorary Professor at HEC Paris Business School, an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School and of Templeton College, Oxford, a trustee of refugee and medical charities, and a former member of the BBC Brains Trust and of the Management Committee of the Society of Authors. He has been elected to the European Academy and been a Fellow of the World Economic Forum. He is a frequent public speaker and has been invited to address and advise top decision-makers in finance, law, medicine, IT, consulting, insurance, accounting, transport, petroleum, cosmetics, fashion, manufacturing, design, arts, media, advertising, human resources, social security, entertainment, children's welfare, homelessness, local authorities, government, and international organisations. In France, he was president of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Planning Commission in 1993-5, adviser to the French Millennium Commission, and presenter of the Prime Minister's website, and made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2007 Zeldin was appointed to a committee advising the French government of Nicolas Sarkozy on labour market reforms. In Britain he has been made a CBE.