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Professors in Practice

Every IGA Initiative is led by a Professor in Practice, an experienced practitoner in the subject who acts as a policy leader. 

For the first IGA Initiative on Global Migration, the Professor in Practice is Peter Sutherland.

For the IGA Initiative on Global Finance, the Professor in Practice is the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable. 

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum,   is a journalist and prize-winning historian with a particular expertise in the history of communism and the experience of post-communist “democratization” in the Soviet Union and central Europe. She was recently appointed Visiting Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics Institute of Global Affairs, where she will run ARENA, a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda, and build the Transformation Lab, a program focused on the political and economic transformation of individual countries.

From 2011-2015 she ran the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute in London, focussing on new threats to democracy. Among other projects, she ran a two-year program examining the relationship between democracy and growth in various countries; created the Future of Syria and Future of Iran projects; commissioned research on corruption in several countries; and, together with Foreign Policy magazine, created Democracy Lab, a website which focuses on countries in transition to, or away from, democracy. 

Anne is a weekly columnist for the Washington Post and the author of several books, including Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction and Iron Curtain, which won the 2013 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature. She held the Phillipe Roman visiting chair in International History at the LSE, and has lectured at other universities, including Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, Humboldt and Heidelberg.

Contact:  Alistair Shawcross


Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable

Vince Cable

Sir Vince contributes across a range of the IGA’s activities, drawing upon his experience in international economic relations and developing markets in particular.

From 2010 to 2015, Sir Vince was Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and he represented the constituency of Twickenham as a Liberal Democrat MP. Before entering the House of Commons in 1997, Sir Vince studied at the University of Cambridge and received a PhD from Glasgow University. He worked in government and then in the private sector, becoming Shell’s Chief Economist in 1995.

Sir Vince recently published After the Storm: The World Economy and Britain’s Economic Future. His personal website is www.vincecable.org.


Peter Sutherland 


Peter Sutherland has been the UN Special Representative for International Migration since 2006. With the Secretary-General, he proposed the creation of the now active State-led Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).

In addition to serving as the primary link between the United Nations and the Global Forum process, he advises the Secretary-General on issues related to international migration and development, and leads initiatives to foster cooperation on issues such as protecting migrants affected by crises and ensuring that migration is part of the post-2015 UN development agenda. He is returning to LSE after serving as Chair of the School’s Court and Council from 2008 until early 2015.

Find out more about the IGA Global Migration Initiative.

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