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The Programme for African Leadership demands high standards from its applicants and those who are successful benefit from engaging with some of the world's finest academics, thinkers, leaders and practitioners.  The list of previous PfAL speakers below outlines the excellence on offer in terms of expertise and experience from across a wide range of disciplines:


Chrisanthi Avgerou is Professor of Information Systems at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her main interests concern the relationship of ICT to organizational change and the role of ICT in socio-economic development. She is chairperson of the IFIP Technical Committee 9 on Social Implications of Information Technology and she chaired the IFIP WG 9.4 group on computers in developing countries from 1996 till 2003. She is the Associate Editor of the Information Systems Research Journal and The Information Society Journal. She is Fellow of the British Computer Society and Fellow of the Association for Information Systems. She is currently organizing the 8th Human Choice and Computers conference.


Jo Beall joined the British Council and the Executive Board as Director Education and Society in July 2011. Jo was formerly Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Town with responsibility for academic matters, social responsiveness and the University’s external relations and internationalisation strategy. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Jo joined the academic staff of the LSE in the early 1990s, first in the Department of Social Policy and then the Development Studies Institute, which she directed between 2004 and 2007. During her academic career Jo published numerous books and articles in the areas of gender and social policy, urban social development, local governance, and cities under conditions of conflict and state fragility. Her work in the field of international development spans over twenty years and has taken her to Africa, Asia and Latin America, with significant periods of time spent researching in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and South Africa. Jo has worked with a wide range of national and multilateral organisations internationally, undertaking research, advisory and partnership work.


Charlie Beckett is the founding director of POLIS, the forum for research and debate in to international journalism and society in the Media and Communications Department. He is also a regular commentator on journalism and politics for the UK and International media.  He has presented for BBC Radio 4's Analysis programme. Before POLIS, Charlie Beckett was a programme editor at ITN's Channel 4 News editing coverage on 9/11, 7/7 and the RTS award-winning series of live News From Africa broadcasts before the G8 in 2005.  Charlie Beckett was a senior producer and programme editor at BBC News and Current Affairs for ten years making documentaries and news programmes at On The Record, Public Eye, Panorama, Breakfast News and News 24 as well as producing the BBC's 1992 Election Documentary and the obituary film for Harold Wilson.


Omar Ben Yedder is Group Publisher and Managing Director of IC Publications, whose titles include New African, African Business, African Banker and New African Woman.  He joined the Group in March 2003, having previously been an Associate Vice President in the Equity Finance Team at Merrill Lynch.  He holds an honours degree in Languages and Economics as well as a chartered management accountant qualification.


Dr Beyani joined the Department of Law at LSE in 1996 and lectures in international law and human rights. He studied law at the University of Oxford (D.Phil) and at the University of Zambia (UNZA) (LLB, LLM). He has taught international law, human rights, public law, and criminal law at Oxford and UNZA.  Dr Beyani was a member of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Union on the Formation of an African Union Government. He has served as an expert to the African Union on the issue of universal jurisdiction and was a member of the joint African Union and European Union ad hoc Expert Group on Universal Jurisdiction. He is currently a member of the UK Foreign Secretary's Advisory Group on Human Rights. He has practical legal and political experience in making national constitutions - he was a member of the official Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review of the Republic of Kenya that drafted and prepared the most recent Constitution of Kenya. He also has experience in treaty making, having drafted and negotiated the adoption of the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons 2009.


Chetan Bhatt joined LSE in April 2010 and is currently the Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights. He was previously Professor of Sociology and Head of Department at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London.  In addition to extensive work over many years on human rights, discrimination and social justice, Chetan Bhatt's research interests include modern social theory and philosophy, early German Romanticism, philosophical idealism, the religious right and religious conflict, nationalism, racism and ethnicity, and the geopolitical sociology of South Asia and the Middle East.


Alnoor Bhimani is Professor of Management Accounting and Head of the Department of Accounting at the London School of Economics.  He has previously taught at York University (Canada), the University of Western Ontario, London Business School, Bocconi University and University of Witwatersrand.  He possesses BSc degree (King’s College London), an MBA (Cornell University) where he was Fulbright Scholar and a PhD (LSE).  He is also a Certified Management Accountant (Canada).  He has an extensive list of scholarly publications - 15 books and over 100 articles - and serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals.   His edited books Management Accounting in the Digital Economy (OUP, 2003) and Management Accounting: Prospect and Retrospect (CIMA/Elsevier, 2009) are regarded as driving innovative thinking and research in financial management.  Prior editions of his new book Management and Cost Accounting (Pearson, 2012) with Horngren and Datar is a bestseller. His forthcoming book is Strategic Finance (Strategy Press).  Alnoor is presently carrying out research relating to financial management, corporate governance and management control and their links to globalisation, digitisation and information processes.  He has presented his research findings to policy makers, NGO and corporate executives and academic audiences internationally. 


Audrey Brown is a London-based presenter for the BBC World Service's flagship Network Africa programme. Recently, she completed a major series on race and reconciliation in South Africa for the BBC. In South Africa, Ms. Brown was part of a team of curators who created an important expression of post-apartheid societal values. Included in this expression is an acknowledgement of how far South Africa still needs to go in building post-apartheid equality. Ms. Brown has also worked as a journalist at household names such as Channel 4, Discovery Channel and MNET, Africa’s biggest satellite broadcaster. Ms. Brown has a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Wales (College at Cardiff) and a B.Journ (Hons) from Rhodes University in South Africa. She also has a diploma in film criticism and documentary film-making from Varan Institut, Cinema Direct in Paris.


Barbora Bukovska is a Senior Director for Law and Policy at ARTICLE 19, a leading international freedom of expression organization. In this capacity, she leads on development of ARTICLE 19 policies and provides legal oversight and support to all legal work of the organization. Barbora has an extensive experience working with various organisations on a range of human rights issues, including protection from discrimination, access to justice, deprivation of liberty, reproductive rights and community development, including litigation at the European Court of Human Rights. She graduated from the Law School of Charles University in Prague and has earned a doctorate degree in law in Slovakia and an LLM degree from Harvard Law School. In 1998 and 1999, she was a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Law School in New York. Barbora has published widely on human rights issues and is qualified to practice law in the state of New York and in the Czech Republic.


Belinda Calaguas is the Director of Policy and Campaigns at ActionAid. Before this, she was Head of Policy at WaterAid where she worked for eight years developing the organisation's advocacy work. She trained as a journalist in the Philippines and has been involved in various non-government organizations and networks as writer, organiser, trainer and programme manager working on urban poor, farmers and women's issues. She moved to Britain in 1993 and became the Coordinator of a borough-wide alliance of migrant and refugee community groups in London's Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Belinda is a member of the International Working Group of the Water Dialogues, a global multi-stakeholder review of private sector participation in water supply & sanitation in developing countries. She has an MSc from the London School of Economics.


Sylvia Chant graduated with a BA Honours in Geography from King’s College Cambridge (1981), and a PhD at University College London (1984), which focused on women and low-income housing in Querétaro, Mexico. She became a staff member in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE in 1988 direct from a joint post in Geography and Latin American Studies at the University of Liverpool (1987-1988). A specialist in gender and development (GAD), Professor Chant has carried out research in Mexico, Costa Rica, the Philippines and The Gambia, has held visiting professorships in Spain and Switzerland, and has undertaken consultancies for a wide range of development organisations including UNDP, UN-DESA/UNDAW, ILO, UNICEF, World Bank, ECLA, the Commonwealth Secretariat and UN-HABITAT. In 2011 Sylvia was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts |in recognition of her expertise and exploration of gender issues within geographical development.


Dr Ernestina Coast is a Senior Lecturer in Population Studies. Dr Coast's work focuses on the inter-relationship between social context and demographic behaviour, approached using a combination of demographic and ethnographic methods. Her recent research has been externally funded by the ESRC, Wellcome Trust and the Nuffield Foundation. She has acted as adviser to a number of organisations, including DFID, UNAIDS, Marie Stopes International and DANIDA, and has been a Visiting Scholar at the African Population and Health Research Centre. Dr Coast's external work includes: Co-chair of the Working Group on Anthropological Demography for the European Association of Population Studies; Research Associate with the Centre for Global Health Population, Poverty and Policy; editorial board member for Globalisation and Health; and, member of the ESRC's Postdoctoral Assessor College. Dr Coast's work focuses on relationships, including union formation, sexual behaviour and HIV/AIDS. Published work focuses on social demography in Kenya, Tanzania, India and the UK. She supervises PhD students with research projects in Indonesia, Thailand, Kenya, Malawi and Cambodia.


Stuart Corbridge is Professor of International Development and Pro-Director of the School. He has taught previously at Huddersfield, London (Royal Holloway College), Syracuse, Cambridge and Miami Universities. He is the author of Capitalist World Development (Macmillan, 1986), Debt and Development (Blackwell, 1993), Mastering Space (1995, Edward Arnold, with John Agnew), Reinventing India (2000/2003, Polity-Oxford University Press, with John Harriss), Jharkhand: Environment, Development, Ethnicity (2004, Oxford University Press, with Sarah Jewitt and Sanjay Kumar) and Seeing the State: Governance and Governmentality in Rural India (2005, Cambridge University Press, with Glyn Williams, Manoj Srivastava and René Véron). His research interests include the issues of governance and accountability, including right to information, history of development thinking and the (im)possibility of development studies as well as participation and empowerment in eastern India.


Prior to joining LSE, Paul De Grauwe was Professor of International Economics at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He was a member of the Belgian parliament from 1991 to 2003. He is honorary doctor of the University of Sankt Gallen (Switzerland), of the University of Turku (Finland), and the University of Genoa. He obtained his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University in 1974. He was a visiting professor at various universities- the University of Paris, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, Humboldt University Berlin, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Université Catholique de Louvain, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Milan, Tilburg University, the University of Kiel. He was also a visiting scholar at the IMF, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank.  He was a member of the Group of Economic Policy Analysis, advising President Barroso. He is also director of the money, macro and international finance research network of CESifo, University of Munich. He is a research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels.


Professor Tim Dyson has worked at LSE since 1980. He was educated in England and Canada and has held visiting positions at the Australian National University in Canberra, the International Institute of Population Sciences in Mumbai, and the American University of Beirut. In 1994-96 he was President of the British Society for Population Studies; in 1997 he addressed the Oxford Farming Conference; and in 2001 he was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.


Mr Amr El Henawy has had a distinguished career as an Egyptian diplomat serving in a variety of capacities in Africa, Europe and South America. Serving as Deputy Assistant Minister for Protocol (Egypt), Deputy Chief of Mission (Portugal), and more recently as Consul of the Arab Republic of Egypt in London. He has given close attention to recent developments, not only political but economic, in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.


Dr Fatima El-Issawi is a fellow at POLIS, the journalism and society think tank in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics (LSE). She is leading the research project on 'Arab revolutions: Media Revolutions' looking at the transformations in the Arab media industry under transitional political phases within the current uprisings. She has over 15 years of experience in covering the Middle East for international media outlets. She also works as an independent journalist, analyst and trainer in the Arab world.


Saul Estrin is a Professor of Management and Head of the Department of Management. He was formerly Adecco Professor of Business and Society at London Business School, its Deputy Dean and governor for several years. Saul has considerable practitioner experience. He is currently a Non-executive Director of Barings Emerging Markets and was previously a member of the Academic Panel of the postal regulator, Postcomm. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, European Union and OECD, DfID and NERA. He has taught executive programmes for a large number of major companies including BA, BT, Lloyds TSB, Marks and Spencer, Vauxhall, Powergen, Deutsche Bank, ING Barings, Swedbank and ABN-AMRO Bank.


Dr Faguet works at the frontier between economics and politics, blending quantitative and qualitative forms of evidence in an attempt to discover why some groups of people govern themselves well and others don't. Specific fields include political economy, comparative politics, development economics and public economics. Dr Faguet is interested in decentralization and local governance, the interactions between civil society and public sector effectiveness, how civic cooperation can degenerate into social conflict, and spatial patterns of politics and violence at the subnational level, especially in Latin America and South Asia. Dr Faguet is the current Chair of the Decentralization Task Force, part of Joseph Stiglitz' Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. Before coming to the LSE he worked for the World Bank in La Paz, Bolivia on health, education, early childhood development and the environment. He trained in both economics and political science at Princeton, Harvard and the LSE, where his dissertation won the William Robson Memorial Prize.


Dr Samuel Fankhauser is Co-Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, along with Dr Simon Dietz|, while Professor Judith Rees| is interim Director of the LSE. Sam is also a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change|, a government watchdog that monitors UK climate change policy, as well as the CCC's Adaptation Sub-Committee.   He is Acting Deputy Director of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)|, a joint research institute between LSE and the University of Leeds.  Sam has been involved in climate change economics and policy for over 20 years. He is a former Deputy Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and served on the 1995, 2001 and 2007 assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Sam studied economics at the University of Berne and LSE, and holds a PhD from University College London.


Susannah joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE as a post-doctoral researcher in September 2011.  Susannah has completed a PhD at the geography department at the University of Cambridge on the politics and governance of climate change in India. This research focused on the role of non-state and sub-national actors in emerging forms of climate governance.  Susannah has also worked in a range of organisations, including in the charity sector, the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, and a public sector consultancy.


Conor Gearty is Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics, where he has been since his move from Kings College London in 2002. He has directed LSE’s centre for the study of human rights between 2002 and 2009. Before LSE and Kings he was a university lecturer in law at Cambridge University where he was also a fellow of Emmanuel College Cambridge.  He received his LLB and PhD from Cambridge University after studying Law as an undergraduate at University College Dublin.  He also qualified as a solicitor in Ireland before leaving for England, where he has since qualified as a barrister. He is a founding member of the barristers’ chambers Matrix from where he practices law, specialising in public law and human rights.  He has appeared in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords.  He is also a fellow of the British Academy. Conor Gearty’s scholarship is mainly in the fields of human rights, terrorism and civil liberties. His most recent book is Debating Social Rights (with V Mantouvalou).  He has just completed a web-based book The Rights Future (see


Dr Stuart Gordon joined the department in September 2011.   Prior to this he was at the Royal Military Academy.  He co-authored the UK Government's Helmand Road Map – the UK's diplomatic and military strategy for Afghanistan – and was also the lead researcher of the Helmand Quick Impact Project Programme Evaluation and the 'Cross Government Working Group on Health and Conflict Report'.   He recently co-authored the strategy paper for the UK's Helmand Stabilisation plan for 2011 – 2014. He holds Research Fellowships at Chatham House (the International Security and Global Health Security Programmes) and is part of a research network, based in Tuft's University's Feinstein Centre that is exploring the use of development assistance in conflict environments (Afghanistan, Somalia and Pakistan).  He has spent much of the past 3 years managing and delivering policy oriented research for the UK Government (the MOD, Foreign Office and Stabilisation Unit) on Helmand and Afghan issues generally.   He has served as the Deputy Commander of the UK MOD's Military Stabilisation Support Group (in the rank of Lt Col).  During 2003, he was the Operations Director for the US/UK's Iraq Humanitarian Operations Centre in Baghdad with responsibility for restoring Iraq's public food distribution system. He has conducted field research/programme consultancy work in Afghanistan, Iraq, Nepal, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Cyprus, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. 


Dr Elliott Green originally joined the LSE Department of International Development in March 2001 as a PhD student and became a member of staff in January 2005. His PhD, which he completed in September 2005, examined state reconstruction and ethnic politics in central Uganda. He conducted field work in 2001 and 2002 and returned again in 2005 to conduct research for a joint USAID/UNICEF project on former abductees of the Lord's Resistance Army in Northern Uganda. He was previously Book Reviews Editor for the journal Nations and Nationalism| , where he remains as a member of the editorial board. Before coming to LSE Elliott completed degrees at Princeton University (BA) and the European Institute at the LSE (MSc) and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna.


David joined the LSE in the spring of 2009 following his completion of a PhD in Organizational Behaviour.  David has lived and worked in Austria, France, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.  Through his personal experience and research he seeks to understand how unity and societal progress can be made through effective, multicultural leadership techniques.  He has published academic research in the world's leading academic outlets and is a regular presenter at top international conferences.  He has consulted for such organizations as National Grid, Shell, Taiwan Central Personnel Administration, The Office of the Civil Service Commission in the Kingdom of Thailand, and Kongsberg International.  His work has appeared in major international media outlets and he is a contributor to Bloomsburg online as well as Bloomsburg television.


John Hills is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics. His research interests include the distribution of income and wealth, the welfare state, social security, pensions, housing and taxation. He led a review of fuel poverty for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (2011-2012), was Chair of the National Equality Panel (2008-2010), carried out a review of the aims of social housing for the Secretary of State for Communities in 2006-07 and was one of the three members of the UK Pensions Commission from 2003 to 2006. He was Co-Director of the LSE’s Welfare State Programme (1988-1997), and Senior Adviser to the Commission of Inquiry into Taxation, Zimbabwe (1984-86). He worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (1982-84), for the House of Commons Select Committee on the Treasury (1980-82), and at the Department of the Environment (1979-80).


Jude Howell is Professor of Development Studies at LSE and Director of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Non-Governmental Public Action Research Programme and was Director of the Centre for Civil Society from 2003 to 2010. Her research interests include civil society/state relations, politics of international development policy and practice, gender and political participation. Her country experience includes China, India and Mozambique. Jude has advised many agencies including UNIDO, EU, FCO, Christian Aid, Save the Children Fund, ILO and UNDP.


Dr Mo Ibrahim is a global expert in mobile communications with a distinguished academic and business career. More recently, he has played a leading advocacy role on African development and governance, through his Foundation and through participation in a range of global initiatives. In 1998 Dr Ibrahim founded Celtel International, one of Africa’s most successful mobile communications companies. In 2006, Dr Ibrahim established the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to support good governance and great leadership on the African continent. He is also Founding Chairman of Satya Capital Limited, an investment fund focused on Africa. Dr Ibrahim was listed by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He has received numerous honorary degrees and fellowships from a range of academic institutions. Dr Ibrahim is also the recipient of a number of awards including: The GSM Association’s Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement (2007) and the BNP Paribas Prize for Philanthropy (2008).


Michael Jacobs is Visiting Professor at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the LSE and in the Department of Political Science at UCL. He was a Special Adviser to the UK Prime Minister from 2004-10, with responsibility for energy, climate change and environment policy. As a member of the Council of Economic Advisers at the Treasury he originated the Stern Review on the economics of climate change and oversaw environmental tax and spending policy, alongside policy on health, public service reform and the third sector. At 10 Downing St he helped direct the changes to UK domestic energy and climate policy after 2006, including the 2008 Climate Change Act and the 2009 Low Carbon Transition Plan. He was closely involved in the negotiation of the 2008 European Union climate and energy package and the international climate negotiations leading up to and at Copenhagen. 


Craig Jeffrey is Professor of Development Geography at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford. His publications included Timepass: Youth, Class and the Politics of Waiting in India (Stanford University Press 2010), Degrees without Freedom? Education, Masculinities and Unemployment in North India (Stanford University Press 2008, with Professor Patricia Jeffery and Roger Jeffery)) and India Today: Economy, Society and Politics (Polity, 2012, with Stuart Corbridge and John Harriss). Professor Jeffrey currently holds a British Academy Fellowship to write a book on corruption in India.


Allison Kahn represents the Cherie Blair Foundation’s Mentoring Women in Business Programme, a pioneering initiative that aims to support women entrepreneurs in developing economies through online mentoring.  Before joining the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Allison was the Project Manager at PeaceVentures, where she worked on the inception and development of a social enterprise focused on building peace through business in the fashion sector.   She also spent many years working on outreach, development, and partnership-building as the Manager, OEVP at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and has also has experience with Amnesty International's International Secretariat in London, the Center for Victims of Torture, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, Montana Legal Services Association, and the American Youth Foundation.  She received a B.A. from Macalester College in International Studies and obtained a Master's in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.  Allison is originally from Montana.


Adrian Leftwich is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York. He works mainly in the field of the politics and economic development and has published widely in that area, with particular reference to developmental states, the politics of governance and the institutional complexities of combining development and democracy. From August 2006 he will be co-director of the DFID-funded research consortium on institutions for pro-poor growth.  Recent publications include States of Development (Polity Press 2000) and articles in New Political Economy and Democratization.


Dr Connson Chou Locke is Assistant Professor at the Department of Management, London School of Economics (LSE). She joined the LSE in 2008 after earning a Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviour from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches Leadership and Organizational Behaviour at the postgraduate level. Before entering academia, Dr. Locke worked for 16 years as an educator, manager, and management consultant in the United States and Asia Pacific. Most recently, she was Regional Training and Development Manager for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where she oversaw the learning and development of 250 consulting staff in 10 offices across Asia Pacific. Dr. Locke has extensive experience designing and teaching leadership development programmes and providing executive coaching.  Dr. Locke’s research focuses on leadership, power, and influence in organizations. Themes include leadership presence, adaptability, leading change, upward influence, and nonverbal communication. In addition to a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley, Dr. Locke also holds a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University where she graduated with honors. Dr. Locke has worked in countries across Europe and Asia Pacific as well as in the United States and Australia. She is fluent in English, speaks conversational Mandarin, and reads and speaks basic French.


Professor Thandika Mkandawire is former Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development and the first person to take on the new position of Chair in African Development at the London School of Economics (LSE). Prof. Mkandawire was formerly Director of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Research in Copenhagen and has taught at the Universities of Stockholm and Zimbabwe. He currently holds the Olof Palme Professor for Peace with the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm. 


H.E. Judge Monageng served as a High Court judge in the Kingdom of Swaziland, responsible for criminal and civil cases as well as constitutional matters before joining the International Criminal Court as a Commonwealth Expert. Prior to this, she served as a judge of the High Court of the Republic of the Gambia in the same capacity. She started her legal career as a Magistrate in Botswana. Judge Monageng was also a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, appointed by the African Union, between 2003 and 2009, and was appointed as the Commission’s Chairperson in November 2007. She has also chaired one of the special mechanisms of the Commission, the Follow-up Committee on torture, inhumane, degrading and other treatment. She also served as Deputy Chief Litigation officer in the United Nations Observer Mission to South Africa in 1994. Judge Monageng served as the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Botswana for many years. She possesses expertise in Women’s human rights issues, indigenous peoples ,communities and children among others. She is a member of the International Association of Women Judges and the International Commission of Jurists among others.


Dr Hakan Seckinelgin is a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Policy at the LSE. He is also an LSE research associate in the Civil Society Human Security Research Unit. Dr. Seckinelgin has been involved in research projects looking at the implications of expanding discussions of civil society within the international policy circles, management of non-governmental organisations, and policy interventions developed by these actors in specific issue areas. More specifically he has worked on the impact of international HIV/AIDS policies on the disease in sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia and South Africa) by questioning the agency of international actors and their knowledge claims in designing policies. He has published several co-edited books, number of chapters and articles in scholarly journals. 


Dr Purna Sen is the Director for the Programme for African Leadership at LSE. Previously Head of Human Rights at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Director for the Asia-Pacific Programme at Amnesty International and convenor of the MSc in Gender at Development at LSE, she has worked and published on issues of gender, human rights, violence against women and culture. She has worked with national and international organisations, including many NGOs and has worked in Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, the Pacific and the Middle East.


Clare Short was MP from 1983 to 2010 and Secretary of State for International Development from 1997 to May 2003. From 1996 until the 1997 General Election she was Opposition spokesperson on Overseas Development. In her career she was also Shadow Minister for Women, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport and Opposition spokesperson on Environment Protection, Social Security and Employment. In 2003, Ms Short resigned from the Government over the Iraq war and in 2006, she resigned the Labour whip. She stood down from Parliament in 2010, and is now active in various organisations working on slum upgrading in the developing world, transparency in oil, gas and mining, African-led humanitarian action, destitute asylum-seekers in Birmingham, Trade Justice for the developing world and for a just settlement of the Palestinian/ Israeli conflict. In March 2011 she was elected Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).


Parvindar Singh is Chief of Policy, Programme Management and Evaluation Unit of the Common Fund for Commodities based in Amsterdam.  He is responsible for overall strategic direction, priorities and policies in the areas of programme planning, monitoring, evaluation and result-based management. In addition the Unit monitors global commodity trends and issues and prepares periodic analytical studies. He is responsible for regional co-operation programmes and arrangements.  Having earlier worked for the Government of India for nearly twenty seven years, Mr Singh has had a long experience in public policy formulation and implementation, land use and land administration in rural and urban areas, and in examining various aspects of exports of agricultural products, design and implementation of agricultural development programmes and provision of essential commodities through the public distribution system. Mr Singh holds a degree in Engineering, Management and Economics.


Dr Emma Soane is a Lecturer in the Department of Management at the LSE. Emma is Programme Director, MSc Management and Academic Director, CEMS MSc International Management. She is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and a Chartered Scientist. Emma teaches leadership to LSE postgraduates and executives. She also contributes to the LSE TRIUM Global MBA programme, the LSE Global MSc Management, the Chevening Gurukul Programme, and the MBA and Executive MBA programmes at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Emma delivers executive education sessions for Duke Corporate Education (ranked global FT#1 in custom corporate education, 2011). Emma’s research interests are centred on leadership, personality, decision making, risk, and engagement with work. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of individual differences in the performance of work, and their implications for leading and managing in organisations. Emma has published a number of journal articles, book chapters and practitioner articles. She co-authored the book ‘Traders. Managing risks and decisions in financial markets.’


Dr Mark Thatcher read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College Oxford, and then qualified as a Barrister. Thereafter he took his doctorate at Nuffield College, Oxford. He spent five years researching and lecturing in Paris, before joining LSE in 1995. He has also been a Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Florence. His recent book, Internationalisation and Economic Institutions (Oxford University Press, 2007) won the 2008 Charles Levine Prize for best book in comparative policy and administration awarded by the SOG committee of the International Political Science Association.


Owen Tudor has been Head of the TUC’s European Union and International Relations Department since 2003. He is a substitute member of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) executive committee and of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) General Council and Executive Bureau. He is the Secretary of the TUC’s charitable international development arm, TUC Aid. He is a member of the Wilton Park Advisory Council (2010-). He represents the TUC on the Advisory Board for the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at Oxford University (2008-date). Since he joined the TUC in 1984, Mr Tudor has dealt with training policy, the arts, education, youth organisation, social security, disability, health and safety, industrial injury benefits and rehabilitation. He was one of the founders of the Robin Hood Tax campaign, and is particularly involved in the TUC’s work on union rights in Fiji, Iran and Swaziland.


New Zealander, educated Washington DC, New Zealand, Sussex University. Worked at Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, 1972-95, World Bank, 1984-88, Princeton Woodrow Wilson School 1989/90, MIT Sloan School 1992, Brown University 1996-2000. Fellow of Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 1992/93, Russell Sage Foundation 1997/98, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin 2000/01. Fieldwork in Pitcairn Is., Italy, India, Korea, Taiwan. Research on World Bank 1995-continuing. Author of Irrigation and Politics in South Korea (1982), Village Republics: The Economic Conditions of Collective Action in India (1988, 1994), Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asia's Industrialization (1990, 2003). Latter won American Political Science Association's award of Best Book in Political Economy, 1992. His main research interests are globalisation and trends in world poverty and income distribution, functioning of multilateral economic organisations, the US Empire and the developing countries as well as industrial and technology policies, especially in developing countries.


Mike Wooldridge is a World Affairs Correspondent at the BBC.  He started his career in journalism in the mid-1960s with a group of newspapers in East Anglia and in 1968 went to Uganda to do information work for the Uganda Co-operative Alliance, though Voluntary Service Overseas. On his return to Britain, he joined the BBC World Service in 1970 and later became the BBC East Africa Correspondent.  During his 7 years in this post he reported on the 1984-5 Ethiopian famine and on humanitarian crises, conflict and political and economic developments across much of Africa. He was BBC Southern Africa Correspondent at the time of Nelson Mandela's release from prison and the start of the transition away from white rule. He was also BBC Religious Affairs Correspondent and BBC South Asia Correspondent before taking up his present post in 2001. In that capacity, Mike has continued to report regularly at first hand from Africa.


Rajesh Venugopal joined the LSE Department of International Development in September 2011. His primary research interests are in the political sociology of development and violent conflict, particularly with reference to South Asia. He has researched and written on post-conflict reconstruction, nationalism, development aid, private sector development, and liberal peace-building. Before joining the LSE, Rajesh was a lecturer at the University of York, and completed a doctorate at the University of Oxford. 



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