The work of IDEAS is overseen by both an Academic Management Committee and an Advisory Board.
Academic Management Committee
The Academic Management Committee is comprised of academic staff from LSE who monitor our operations and research.
Academic Management Committee Members
Chair: Professor Michael Cox is Director of LSE IDEAS
Professor Christopher Coker is Director of LSE IDEAS
Dr George Lawson is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations at the LSE
Professor Matthew Jones is Department Head of the International History Department at the LSE.
Professor Piers Ludlow is a Reader at the Department of International History at the LSE.
Dr Emilia Knight is Centre Manager of LSE IDEAS
Professor Peter Trubowitz is Department Head of International Relations at LSE, Director of the LSE US Centre, and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs.
The Advisory Board provides an external perspective. Members are senior practitioners from the diplomatic world who provide independent oversight and guidance on IDEAS’ strategy.
Advisory Board Members
Chair: Sir Richard Mottram is an expert on national security issues, including defence policy, strategy and planning. From 1992-2007 he was one of Britain’s top civil servants: he headed several departments, including the Ministry of Defence, and was responsible for security and intelligence matters in the Cabinet Office, and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. He is also a Visiting Professor in the LSE’s Department of Government.
Gordon Barrass is Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS, where he specialises on strategy, assessments and perceptions. After more than 20 years in the British Diplomatic Service he served as Chief of the Assessments Staff in the Cabinet Office. He then spent nearly a decade helping PwC expand its business in China’s rapidly growing financial services sector.
Sir Colin Budd served in HM Diplomatic Service from 1967-2005. He was Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister Without Portfolio from 1968-69, and to the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary from 1984-87; Chef de Cabinet to the Vice President of the European Commission from 1993-95; Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and Head of the Overseas and Defence Committee of the Cabinet Office from 1996-97; Deputy Under Secretary of State (Europe and Economic) of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1997-2001; and HM Ambassador to the Netherlands from 2001-5.
Dr John Hughes is a graduate of the LSE. He was a British career diplomat for 35 years serving mainly in the Americas, together with secondments to the Cabinet Office, BAE Systems, and Shell. His final postings were as Ambassador to Venezuela and then to Argentina. In retirement he has been Chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, Chair of Canning House, a Robin Humphreys Research Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, London University, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE. He now directs the policy makers on LSE IDEAS Executive Masters in International Strategy and Diplomacy.
Sir David Manning GCMG and KCVO has wide-ranging experience of foreign affairs. He joined the FCO in 1972 and thereafter held several posts including British ambassador to Israel, NATO and the United States. From 2001-2003 he was Foreign Affairs Adviser to Prime Minister Blair. Sir David is currently a non-executive director of several company boards. He now acts in a part time advisory role to the Households of TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Guy Monson is Chief Investment Officer and a managing partner of Sarasin & Partners. He has played a major role in developing Bank Sarasin’s London based subsidiary, Sarasin Investment Management Ltd (SIML) since 1988. Monson founded and is a senior fund manager on the EquiSar Global Thematic funds and is also a senior fund manager on the GlobalSar family of balanced funds. He also manages a range of institutional global thematic equity and global balanced mandates in various regulatory jurisdictions.
Jonathan Powell was Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Blair from 1997 to 2007. As a British diplomat Jonathan Powell was closely involved in negotiations with the Chinese over Hong Kong and German unification. As Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Blair he played a key role in reaching an agreement with the IRA on a political settlement in Northern Ireland. He now runs the charity Inter Mediate which works on armed conflicts around the world. He is the author of Great Hatred, Little Room: Making Peace in Northern Ireland and Talking to Terrorists: Why Negotiating is the only way to Peace.
Danny Quah was a Professor in the Department of Economics at the LSE for several years. In his later years at the School, he was also Director of the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, before being appointed as the Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He was recently appointed Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School.
Gideon Rachman is the chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times, where he authors a weekly column on foreign affairs and feature articles. Before joining the Financial Times in 2006, he was a senior editor and correspondent for The Economist and BBC World Service presenter. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in Washington, Brussels, and Bangkok, and is the author of Zero-Sum World, and Easternization which was launched at the LSE in 2017.
Hugh Sandeman was an international banker for 30 years based in New York, Tokyo, London, and Frankfurt, and for the past decade has focused on India. He was previously Tokyo correspondent, international business editor and New York correspondent of The Economist.
Susan Scholefield held a distinguished career in the Civil Service. Roles in the Balkans Secretariat, Northern Ireland Office and in the Cabinet Office as head of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat were followed by a series of top level positions in the MOD culminating in her most recent role as Director General, Human Resources and Corporate Services. In 1999 she was awarded a CMG in the New Year’s Honours for her work on Bosnia.
Cato Stonex graduated from the LSE, of which he is now a governor. In 1986, he joined the European government bond trading department at Morgan Grenfell and in 1989 J. Rothschild Investment Management. With Nils Taube and John Hodson he formed THS Partners in 1997. He is now a partner and Fund manager at Partners Investment Company LLP.
Leslie Vinjamuri was Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice and a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations at SOAS, University of London. Leslie was also Chair of the International Relations Speaker Series at SOAS. Her research areas include transatlantic relations, US foreign policy, the politics of international intervention, human rights and justice, and UN Security Council Diplomacy. In 2018 she was appointed Head of the US and the Americas Programme, and Dean of the Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, Chatham House
Lord Wallace of Saltaire is Emeritus Professor in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and has a long and distinguished record in British politics. He was made a peer in 1995 and later became the Liberal Democrat spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Defence. An expert on Europe and European affairs, and former Director of Studies of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Lord Wallace was the Chair of the Advisory Board of the LSE IDEAS between 2008 and 2010 before being appointed a Government Whip acting as government spokesperson in the House of Lords on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education.