Who's who

Global South Unit

Chris Alden

Professor Chris Alden

Director of the Global South Unit
Director of LSE IDEAS

Professor in International Relations, LSE
Email: j.c.alden@lse.ac.uk
Web: LSE Profile

Professor in International Relations, LSE; Director of LSE-IDEAS Africa Programme; and a former Programme Head, Global Powers and Africa, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). He is author/co-author of numerous books and reports, including The South and World Politics (Palgrave 2010), China and Latin America (CLSA 2009), China in Africa (Zed 2007), and co-editor of China Returns to Africa (Hurst 2008), Japan and South Africa (Ashgate 2003) as well as articles in internationally recognised journals. He has contributed to research, conferences and publications on the South African foreign policy since 1991, the changing role of China and Africa since 1992 and China and Latin America since 2007. He has conducted consultancies for the World Bank, the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, CLSA, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Standard Bank (SA) and Rand Merchant Bank (SA) amongst others.


Álvaro Méndez

Professor Alvaro Mendez

Director of the Global South Unit
Senior Research Fellow, LSE

Email: a.mendez@lse.ac.uk
Web: LSE Profile

Professor Alvaro Mendez is the Director of the Global South Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Senior Associate Fellow at LSE IDEAS. He is an Associate Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai. He teaches International Relations at the LSE, Sciences-Po Paris, and Peking University. Mendez is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books, including Colombian Agency and the Making of US Foreign Policy: Intervention by Invitation (2017); The China-Latin America Axis: Emerging Markets and their Role in an Increasingly Globalised World (2018); New Development Assistance: Emerging Economies and the New Landscape of Development Assistance (2020); and The Political Economy of China – Latin America Relations: The AIIB Membership (2020). He has published articles in journals such as Geopolitics, Global Policy, Sustainability, Journal of Business Research, The China Journal, Finance Research Letters, and Foreign Policy Analysis.



Rosalie Roechert

Project Coordinator, Global South Unit
Email: r.roechert@lse.ac.uk 

Rosalie Roechert is the Project Coordinator of the LSE Global South Unit. She is a student of “International Relations and Chinese” at LSE. She has previously worked for the German Foreign Office in Berlin and Germany’s Embassy in Colombia. She has also been a short-term consultant at the World Bank Group and a research assistant at the LSE Phelan US Centre.



Li Wen Ng

Research Engagement Officer, Global South Unit
Email: gsu@lse.ac.uk and l.ng5@lse.ac.uk

Li Wen Ng is the Research Engagement Officer of the LSE Global South Unit, and a Consultant at the UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development. She holds an MSc in Sustainable Development (with Distinction) from the University of Sussex and a BSc in Economics and Politics from the University of London.

Associate Fellows


Dr Sergio Chichava

Associate Fellow

Email: sergio.chichava@iese.ac.mz

Email: chichava@gmail.com

Dr Sérgio Chichava is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Social and Economic Studies (IESE) in Mozambique, where he leads a research programme on rising powers and development. His current work focuses on the international dimensions of the crisis in Cabo Delgado. Chichava has lectured in political sociology and Mozambican politics at Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo and has held fellowships at Oxford University and the LSE. He holds a PhD in political science from Bordeaux University, focusing on African politics. 



Professor Francisco Javier Forcadell 

Senior Associate Fellow

Email: franciscojavier.forcadell@urjc.es

Francisco Javier Forcadell is a Professor of Management in the Department of Business Administration at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) since 1999. He is also Senior Researcher at the Sustainable Banking Initiative at LSE IDEAS. Forcadell has occupied several positions as external consultant at the Spain’s Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitivity. Professor Forcadell is the author of numerous articles published in leading academic journals such as Long Range Planning, Research Policy, Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of World Business.



Dr Folashadé Soulé-Kohndou

Associate Fellow


Dr Folashadé Soulé is a Senior Research Associate at the Global Economic Governance programme (Blavatnik School of Government). Her research areas focuses on Africa-China relations, the study of agency in Africa’s international relations and the politics of South-South cooperation. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the London School of Economics, and a former Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow. Her research has been published in several peer-review journals among which African Affairs, International Affairs, Global Governance and Foro Internacional.


Advisory Board


Professor Enrique García

Enrique Garcia is a Visiting Professor in Practice at LSE IDEAS. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board at the LSE Global South Unit. Enrique was President and CEO of CAF – Development Bank of Latin America for 26 years, and held managerial positions at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In  Bolivia, he was the Minister of Planning and Coordination and member of the Board of the Central Bank. He is Chairman of the Council of International Relations for Latin America (RIAL) and the Trust for the Americas as well as member of several Boards internationally. He is the author of publications on development issues and multilateralism in international journals and books.



Dr Irene Mia

Dr Irene Mia is the Editor of the Armed Conflict Survey and a Senior Fellow for Latin America and Conflict, Security and Development at The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), leading the IISS research programme on Latin America security, governance and geo-economics, as well as directing the Conflict, Security and Development research programme. Previously, she held Director-level posts at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) as well as the Centre for Global Competitiveness and Performance at the World Economic Forum. 



Dr Susan Nicolai

Susan Nicolai is Senior Research Fellow in ODI's Equity and Social Policy Programme. She works with researchers across the institute to delve more deeply into questions around measurement, political economy and financing of development, and explore how lessons feed into post-2015 debates. Susan has previously worked with the UN SRSG on Children and Armed Conflict, Save the Children, UNICEF and UNESCO. Her own policy work and research has focused on basic services – particularly education. She has worked in a number of countries around the globe, particularly fragile states and crisis affected countries.



Andres Rugeles

Andres Rugeles is a visiting fellow at Oxford University, St Antony's College. He has had extensive experience in the field of foreign policy, as well as in multilateral banking and Latin American regional integration.

Previously, he served as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations in New York; Secretary of Transparency of Colombia; Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia; Chief of Cabinet and General Advisor of CAF – Development Bank of Latin America; Secretary General of CAF; Representative of CAF in Argentina; Chief of Cabinet of the Secretary General of the Andean Community; among others. He is an alumnus of LSE and was a member of the Editorial Committee of “Millennium: Journal of International Studies”.



Gaspard Estrada

Gaspard Estrada is a Political Scientist at Sciences Po. He was executive director of the Political Observatory of Latin America and the Caribbean (OPALC). In this capacity, he raised the impact and the influence of Sciences Po in the field of Latin American Studies. Besides his academic publications, he has written opinion pieces for The New York Times, Le Monde, El País and Project Syndicate.

Thanks to his work, Sciences Po received several Latin American presidents, including Lula da Silva, Alberto Fernández, Juan Manuel Santos. Gaspard created the Sciences Po’s Latin American Art Collection (Sebastião Salgado, Pablo Reinoso). From 2020 to 2023, he was co-chair of the High Level Working Group on Inequalities in the Americas of the UNDP, jointly with former ministers Jorge Castañeda and Carlos Ominami.