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Programme Faculty

The Executive Programme is taught by a combination of renowned academics and senior policy practitioners.

Our practitioners’ strategic and diplomatic experience ranges from the Foreign Office and Number 10 to NATO and the EU, GCHQ and the UK National Security Council, and international business and finance.

Insights gained on the course are always on my mind when designing economic policies towards the Asia-Pacific region.

Yohei Matsuda, Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry of Japan

Below are a selection of just some of the academics and practitioners that will be delivering training as part of the Executive programme.


The academic faculty is comprised of world-renowned academics working in the fields of International Relations, International History, and Economics. They provide the participants with the analytical tools to better understand the challenges of today’s world.

Michael Cox (Programme Director) is Founding Co-Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations. He is a renowned international lecturer who has published extensively on the United States, transatlantic relations, Asia's rise and the problems facing the EU - and the impact these changes are having on international relations.

Mukulika Banerjee is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology and Director of LSE’s South Asia Centre. Dr Banerjee 's current research interests are on the cultural meanings of democracy. Her most recent publication is Why India Votes? in which she explores the reasons behind India's rising trends of voter participation.

Christine Chinkin is Emerita Professor of International Law and founding Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the LSE. Professor Chinkin is a leading expert on international law and human rights law, especially the international human rights of women. In 2000, her co-authored, ground-breaking book with Hilary Charlesworth, ‘The Boundaries of International Law: a feminist analysis’ examined the status of women in human rights and international law’.

Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Tokyo). He has been a Teaching Fellow at the Norwegian Staff College. He has twice served on the RUSI Council, he has written extensively on strategy at defence academies around the world.

Anoush Ehteshami is Professor of International Relations and Director of the HH Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Programme in International Relations, Regional Politics and Security at Durham University. He is Joint Director of the Durham-Edinburgh-Manchester Universities’ Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), whose research focus since 2012 has been on the ‘Arab World in Transition’.

Robert Falkner is Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE. His areas of expertise are in international political economy, global environmental politics, and the role of business in international relations. At LSE, he serves as the Academic Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum and the Academic Director of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA, an alliance between LSE, NYU Stern School of Business and HEC Paris. 

Rosemary Foot is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, and an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. In 1996, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Her research interests cover security relations in the Asia-Pacific, US-China relations, human rights, Asian regional institutions, and China-US and the changing world order.

Fawaz Gerges is Professor of International Relations at LSE, and holder of the Emirates Professorship in Contemporary Middle East Studies. He was also the inaugural Director of the LSE Middle East Centre from 2010 until 2013. His special interests include Islam and the political process, social movements, Arab politics and Muslim politics in the 20th century, and the international relations of the Middle East.

Anthony Giddens is a British sociologist who was Director of the LSE from 1997 to 2003. As one of the most prominent figures in modern sociology, Giddens is best known for his theory of structuration and his holistic view of modern societies.. Major works include Capitalism and Modern Social Theory (1971), The Constitution of Society (1984), and his more recent critiques of postmodernity and discussion of “third way” politics, including The Consequences of Modernity (1990) and The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy (1998). His advice has been sought by political leaders from Asia, Latin America and Australia, as well as from the US and Europe. He has had a major impact upon the evolution of New Labour in the UK.

Margot Light is Emeritus Professor of International Relations. She is a leading authority on Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eastern Europe, covering their domestic politics, foreign and defence policy, and East-West Relations. Her other specialities include foreign policy analysis and perceptions in foreign affairs

Danny Quah is Professor of Economics at the LSE, and Co-Director, LSE Global Governance. He has consulted for among others the World Bank, the Bank of England, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He currently serves on Malaysia’s National Economic Advisory Council and is a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Economic Imbalance.

Peter Trubowitz is Professor of International Relations and Director of the US Centre at the LSE. He has written widely on US grand strategy and international security. His most recent book is Politics and Strategy: Partisan Ambition and American Statecraft (Princeton University Press).


The team of practitioners is formed by experienced strategists, diplomats and civil servants. Through sharing their invaluable first-hand experience, they enable participants to develop a practical approach to the issues covered by the programme.

John Hughes leads the team of practitioners. John Hughes 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.

Michael Arthur enjoyed three decades of international government service with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and subsequently three years as a member of a UK based business consultancy. He was Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in Washington, D.C. during the last two years of the Clinton Administration (1999-2001). Between 2003 and 2007 he was British High Commissioner to India. From 2007 to 2010, he was British Ambassador to Germany and is currently UK Chairman of Koenigswinter. Sir Michael was appointed President, UK & Ireland of Boeing in September 2014.

Baroness Catherine Ashton is a British Labour politician. Ashton became Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council in Gordon Brown’s first Cabinet in June 2007. In 2008, she was appointed as the British European Commissioner and became the Commissioner for Trade in the European Commission. In 2009, she became the European Union's first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and won praise for her work as a negotiator in difficult international situations, particularly for her role in bringing Serbia and Kosovo to agreement in 2013 and in the P5+1 talks with Iran which led to the November 2013 Geneva interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear program.

Gordon Barrass is Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS specialising in the development and application of modern strategy. After some 20 years in the British Diplomatic Service he served as Chief of the Assessments Staff in the Cabinet Office, before helping PwC develop its business in China. He is a member of the Trilateral Nuclear Dialogue (US, France, UK).

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.

Jonathan Fenby is a British writer, journalist and analyst. He edited the Observer newspaper from 1993 to 1995 and then the South China Morning Post from 1995 to 1999. He was previously chief correspondent in France for both Reuters and The Economist, Assistant Editor of The Independent, Deputy Editor of the Guardian and Editor of the Observer. He is currently Managing Director of European Political Research and Chairman of the China team at Trusted Sources research service.

Sir Robert Cooper was Head of the Policy Planning Staff at the Foreign Office and UK's Special Representative in Afghanistan, before taking up a post in the European Union in 2002. Here he was responsible to Javier Solana and assisted with the implementation of European strategic, security and defence policy. A well known public intellectual, he is the author of two influential studies on the modern world: The Post-Modern State and the World Order (2000) and The Breaking of Nations: Order and Chaos in the Twenty-First Century (2003).

Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque was British Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna from 2012-2016. She was previously Director of Human Resources in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Previous overseas postings for the FCO included, Brussels (EU), Singapore, Caracas, Bogota and Washington D.C.

Professor Ibrahim Gambari is a scholar-diplomat, who is the Founder/Chairman of the Board of Directors of Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, a non- governmental think-tank on research and policy studies on challenges of conflict prevention and resolution as well as democratization and development in Africa. He served his country, Nigeria, as Director-General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs; Minister of Foreign Affairs and subsequently Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN. He also served as a delegate at the 2014 National Conference on the restructuring and promotion of national unity in Nigeria.

Tom McKane has long experience of dealing with security policy and military affairs. Until March 2014 he was the MOD’s Director-General for Security Policy, responsible for advising the Secretary of State on all aspects of the defence contribution to security policy, including multilateral and bilateral defence relations and nuclear policy. His earlier postings have included the Northern Ireland Office, the British Embassy in Riyadh and the Cabinet Office.

Munir Majid has an extensive knowledge of Southeast Asia, both politically and economically. He has been a journalist, investment banker and market regulator. He is currently chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia, chairman of the CIMB Asean Research Institute (CARI) and a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS.

Clovis Meath Baker was Director of Intelligence Production at GCHQ from 2010-13. Prior to this he filled senior Foreign Office roles dealing with the Middle East, Counter-Proliferation, and Iran, and regularly attended meetings of the National Security Council, the Joint Intelligence Committee, and COBR. Areas of recent expertise include the Middle East, Pakistan, Counter-Proliferation, Counter-Terrorism, and Cyber.

Julian Miller is Deputy National Security Adviser at the UK National Security Council. Since the Council was established in 2010 he have been providing support to the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the National Security Adviser on foreign and defence policy. He is also a Visiting Professor at LSE.

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.

Karen Pierce became Chief Operating Officer, Foreign & Commonwealth Office in February 2016. She previously served as British Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2015-2016 and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UK Mission to the UN and Other International Organisations from 2012 to March 2015.

Jonathan Powell was Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Blair and played a key role in reaching agreement with the IRA on a political settlement in Northern Ireland. During his 15 years in the Diplomatic Service he was closely involved in the Hong Kong negotiations with China and German Unification. He is Founder and CEO of InterMediate, an NGO devoted to conflict resolution.

Jamie Shea is NATO's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Emerging Security Challenges. His earlier positions in the International Staff include NATO Spokesman during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts and Director of Policy and Planning in the Private office of the Secretary General. Dr Shea is currently Visiting Professor in Diplomacy and International Strategy at LSE IDEAS.


These members of LSE IDEAS staff help to deliver the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy. 

Michael Cox is the Programme Director for the for the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS. Profossor Cox is Founding Co-Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations.

John Hughes leads the team of practitioners for the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS. John was a British career diplomat for 35 years serving mainly in the Americas, together with secondments to the Cabinet Office, BAE Systems, and Shell.

Luca Tardelli is the Course Tutor of the executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS. He is responsible for the teaching delivered in the executive MSc programme and oversees its organisation. Luca has been teaching in the programme since October 2013.

Nick Kitchen is Assistant Professorial Research Fellow in the United States Centre at LSE. He leads the LSE IDEAS Power Shifts Project together with Prof. Cox. Nick has been teaching in the programme since October 2015.

Craig Smith is the Executive Programme Manager of MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS. He is responsible for the overall organisation and administration of the executive programme.

Marta Kozielska is the Alumni Assistant for the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS.



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