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Professor Berglof appointed as Director of the Institute of Global Affairs

Erik Berglof medThe School is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Erik Berglof (pictured) as the inaugural Director of the Institute of Global Affairs (IGA). Erik joins the School as a Professor in Practice in the Department of Economics. He has had a distinguished career as an economist, most recently as the Chief Economist and Special Adviser to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Prior to joining EBRD, Professor Berglof was Director of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE), Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The IGA was established last year and already includes a number of constituent Centres - IDEAS, the Middle East Centre, the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre and the recently-approved Centres for the United States, and South Asia. Professor Berglof, who will take up his post on 1 February 2015, will help to realise the School’s high ambitions for the IGA across the full breadth of its research, public engagement and teaching mission.

On the appointment, the School’s Director Professor Craig Calhoun said:

"It is a major coup for LSE to secure the appointment of Professor Berglof to this important leadership position. Erik is a leading figure in his field, and an innovator in bringing the high quality knowledge from academic research to bear on policy and political issues. The School is fortunate to be able to draw on his experience in academia and transnational institutions for the success of the IGA."

6 January 2015