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LSE announces its new honorary fellows

LSE welcomes five new honorary fellows this year.

Professor Kenneth Binmore is a fellow of the Centre for Philosophy at LSE and a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol. He has also held the Chair in both Mathematics and Economics at LSE.

Victor Dahdaleh has been a governor at LSE for eight years and is a member of the Campaign Committee.

The Hon Mr Justice Ribeiro read law at LSE (LLB 1971, LLM 1972) after being educated at La Salle College in Hong Kong. He is a Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal (2000 -).

Professor Saw Swee Hock gained a PhD in statistics at LSE in 1963. He is Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (2003-) and member of the board of trustees, National University of Singapore (2006-).

Ratan Tata has been chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, since 1991. In 2000 the Government of India honoured Mr Tata with one of its highest civilian awards, the Padma Bhushan.

Honorary fellowships are awarded each year to people who have attained distinction in the arts, science, or public life, or who have rendered outstanding services to the School or its concerns. These new awards mean the School now has some 145 honorary fellows.

The honorary fellowships will be presented at ceremonies in July 2007.


Contact: Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, 020 7955 7582 or email: j.a.higgin@lse.ac.uk|

Biography notes attached . Pictures available on request.

Professor Kenneth Binmore|
Victor Dahdaleh|
Justice R A V Ribeiro|
Professor Saw Swee Hock|
Ratan N Tata|

Professor Kenneth Binmore began his academic career as a pure mathematician and his mathematical textbooks are still in use. Whilst holding the Chair in Mathematics at LSE, he became interested in game theory and since then he has devoted himself to the subject and its applications in economics, biology, psychology, and philosophy.

He has held Chairs in Economics at LSE, the University of Michigan and University College London. He is now a visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol and a fellow of the Centre for Philosophy at LSE.

A wide range of applied work includes the design of major telecom auctions in many countries across the world. As a consequence of the £23.4 billion pounds raised by the telecom auction he organized in the UK, he was described by Newsweek magazine as the 'ruthless, poker-playing economist who destroyed the telecom industry'. Nowadays Professor Binmore devotes his time to applying game theory to the problem of the evolution of morality.

Victor Phillip Michael Dahdaleh is owner and chairman of Dadco and affiliated companies. Dadco Group is a privately-owned investment, manufacturing and trading group. Its founding company was established in 1915. Dadco has operations and investments in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa and Australia.

Victor Dahdaleh holds several positions within non-profit organisations. He is a governor at LSE, a leading donor to the School, and a member of LSE's Fundraising Campaign Committee. He is the honorary president and chairman of the Advisory Board for the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the School. He has been active in promoting the interests of the School externally in many places and contexts around the world, including persuading various foundations to give to the School to support specific programmes.

Victor Dahdaleh is president of the Canada-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce. He is a Board Trustee of the William J Clinton Presidential Foundation, and a trustee of the McGill University Trust, Canada. He is a Board member of the International Aluminium Institute (IAI). He is a fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh Award World Fellowship.

The Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Charitable Foundation grants scholarships to needy students at several universities. It supports a range of causes including the Heart and Lung Foundation at Imperial College, London, Cancer Research and other types of medical research. The Foundation has also contributed to a wide range of other causes such as the economic and social development of poorer countries.


The Hon Mr Justice Ribeiro is a Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal (2000 -). After being educated at La Salle College in Hong Kong, he read law at LSE (LLB 1971, LLM 1972) returning to Hong Kong to lecture at the Faculty of Law in the University of Hong Kong (1972-79). He taught jurisprudence, criminal law, labour law and civil procedure and published various legal articles.

He was called both to the English Bar at the Inner Temple and to the Hong Kong Bar in 1978 and practised at the Hong Kong Bar from 1979 to 1999, mainly in the fields of commercial and corporate law. He took silk in 1990 and became a Judge in the Hong Kong Court of First Instance in 1999. He was appointed a Justice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal and then proceeded to the Court of Final Appeal where he now sits, in 2000.

As Deputy Chairman of the Chief Justice's Working Party on Civil Justice Reform, he helped to author two reports which form the basis of an extensive programme of reform to the Hong Kong legal system presently being implemented. He is also President of the Alliance Française de Hong Kong (2000 -) and a member of the Board of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (2003 -). He has been made Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques. He is also an Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple. Mr Justice Ribeiro is married to Susan Swan - they met at LSE.

Professor Saw Swee Hock is Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (2003-) and member of the board of trustees, National University of Singapore (2006-). Educated at University of Malaya, Singapore (BA, MA) and London School of Economics (PhD) 1957-1963. Singapore Government department of statistics, statistician (1957-59), University of Malaya, lecturer in statistics (1963-65), lecturer in economics (1966-68), senior lecturer (1968-69); University of Hong Kong, professor of statistics (1969-71); National Statistical Commission of Singapore, chairman (1972-75); National University of Singapore, professor of statistics (1975-1991), senior consultant (1992-1999).

He has additional work experience in a number of UK and American universities including University of London, Cambridge, Princeton and Stanford, has advised on many boards including the Malaysian Family Planning Board and Advisory Panel of World Population Society and is a member of a number of societies including the Economic Society of Singapore and the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.

He has written 38 books, 25 chapters of books and 84 articles on subjects ranging from the demography of Singapore and Hong Kong to statistics in southeast Asia. Professor Saw is a citizen of Singapore and is married with three children.

Ratan N Tata has been chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, since 1991. He is also the chairman of major Tata companies including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Tea, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels, Tata Teleservices and Tata AutoComp. During his tenure, the Group's revenues have grown over six-fold to nearly Rs 97,000 crore ($21.9 billion).

Mr Tata joined the Tata Group in December 1962. After serving in various companies, he was appointed the director-in-charge of the National Radio and Electronics Company Limited (NELCO) in 1971. In 1981, he was named chairman of Tata Industries, the Group's other holding company. He is also chairman of two of the largest private sector promoted philanthropic trusts in India. Mr Tata is associated with various organisations in India and abroad, among others, India's Investment Commission, the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council, the International Advisory Council of Singapore's Economic Development Board, the Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of the New York Stock Exchange, the international advisory board of the Mitsubishi Corporation, the American International Group, JP Morgan Chase, and Rolls Royce. He also serves on the boards of Fiat SpA and Alcoa.

Mr Tata is president of the Court of the Indian Institute of Science and chairman of the Council of Management of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He is also a member of the Global Business Council on HIV/AIDS and the Programme Board of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's India AIDS Initiative. Mr Tata received a BSc in architecture with structural engineering from Cornell University in 1962.

He worked briefly with Jones and Emmons in Los Angeles, California before returning to India in late 1962. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business school in 1975. The Government of India honoured Mr Tata with one of its highest civilian awards, the Padma Bhushan, in 2000.

21 March 2007