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Global Policy Institute


Drawing on a range of expertise brought by members from government, higher education, and the health and social care sectors, the Queen Mary Global Policy Institute Advisory Board meets three times a year and is responsible for supporting the strategic mission and direction of the Institute.

GPI Advisory Board Members

Professor Jo Beall

Jo Beall is Director Education and Society and a member of the Executive Board at the British Council. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Jo’s past roles include Professor of Development Studies at the LSE and Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Town. She is a specialist in international education, international development, and cities in fragile and conflict situations, and a regular speaker at major conferences in these fields. Her work has taken her to Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with extensive periods of research in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and South Africa. She has written numerous books and articles on a wide range of topics including governance and civil society, women and development, and cities and fragile states. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Open University.

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon is Principal of Somerville College Oxford. Jan Royall has had a distinguished career in politics, notably becoming Chief Whip in the Lords, appointed to the Privy Council and in 2008 became Leader of the Lords and a member of the cabinet. Prior to that she was a senior adviser in the European Commission before heading its office in Wales. In 2004 she was appointed to the Lords as Baroness Royall of Blaisdon and in 2005 became a Government Spokesperson for Health, International Development, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Jan is a trustee, patron and active supporter of many charities and organizations including City Year, Forest of Dean and Hereford Crossroads, Artspace, Paladin National Stalking Advisory Service, the ASHA Centre and Step up to Serve. She is chair of the People’s History Museum, Pro Chancellor of the University of Bath and Vice President of the Party of European Socialists. Jan works with governments, political parties and NGOs in many countries on democracy building, leadership, nurturing civil society and women’s empowerment.

Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford, OBE

Lord Patel joined the House of Lords in 2006. His areas of policy interests are: Communities and families; Crime, civil law, justice and rights; Education; Health services and medicine; Illegal drug use; Mental health; Parliament, government and politics; Social services. Lord Patel is a qualified Social Worker, he worked in inner city Bradford and then established a number of Third Sector agencies working with those misusing drugs and those with mental health problems; later moving to academia working with a number of universities. On 19 March 2018, Lord Patel of Bradford was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care as the Chair of Social Work England. Social Work England will be the new regulator for all child, family and adult social workers in England. He is Vice Patron of the Royal Society for Public Health and the Institute of Healthcare Management; and Patron/Chairman of a number of not for profit organisations working in the health, education, social care and criminal justice sectors.

Professor Paola Subacchi (Chair)

Paola Subacchi is the former director of international economics research at Chatham House. She is an expert on the functioning and governance of the international financial and monetary systems, and advises governments, international organizations, non-profits, and corporations. Areas of expertise in International Monetary System; Global Financial Imbalances; International Capital Flows; International Financial Centres; Ageing and Pensions. She is a media commentator with the BBC, Project Syndicate, the Financial Times, and writes a regular column for Foreign Policy and Huffington Post Italy. She is the author of The People’s Money: How China is building a global currency (Columbia University Press, 2017).  Paola is also a visiting professor at the University of Bologna, a non-executive director of the FTSE-listed company Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Plc, a governor of St Marylebone School in London and an advisory member of Wilton Park (FCO). An Italian national, she studied at Università Bocconi in Milan and at the University of Oxford. In 2016 she was awarded the honour Cavaliere della Stella d’Italia.

Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr Visweswaran Navaratnam

Visweswaran Navaratnam is a pharmacologist and an educator. He received a research grant from the World Health Organization in 1990-1991 and from the National Institutes of Health in 1990-1991. His academic career ranges from being a tutor in professor clinical pharmacology at the University Bath followed by an appointment as a lecturer and then associate Professor at the School Pharmacy, University Sains Malaysia, Minden. He was the Foundation Director for the National Center Drug Research, University Sains Malaysia. Professor Navaratnam is Advisor to the Ministry Higher Education, Putrajaya, Malaysia, since 2007 as well as representative for the Asia Drugs Neglected Diseases Initiative, Geneva, since 2005. He is also the Director of UMSLink, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, since 2008.

Martin Uden

Martin Uden is a former British diplomat. He served as Ambassador in Seoul from 2008-2011, having had two previous postings in the Embassy there. He was previously Consul-General in San Francisco, and had postings to Bonn, Ottawa and Lagos. While on leave from the Foreign Office, he worked for the UN in New York as Coordinator of the Panel of Experts on sanctions against the DPRK from 2012-14. After leaving the Foreign Office, he worked for HSBC in Hong Kong from 2015-17. He now works for his alma mater, Queen Mary University of London, as International Partnerships Adviser. In addition, he is the Executive Chairman of the British Korean Society, a trustee of the United Society Partners in the Gospel and a Governor of his local school. He is the author of Times Past in Korea (2003), an anthology of foreign writings on Korea, based on his collection of antiquarian books, and of a historical introduction to Korea: Caught in Time (1997).

Professor Dr Jan Wouters

Jan Wouters is Full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance, and founding Director of the Institute for International Law and of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, an interdisciplinary research centre with the status of both a Jean Monnet and KU Leuven Centre of Excellence, at KU Leuven. He is also President of KU Leuven’s Council for International Policy. He studied law and philosophy at Antwerp University, obtained an LL.M. at Yale University and was Visiting Researcher at Harvard University. As Visiting Professor at Sciences Po (Paris), Luiss University (Rome) and the College of Europe (Bruges) he teaches EU external relations law. As Adjunct Professor at Columbia University he teaches comparative EU-US perspectives on international human rights law. He is a Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts and practises law as Of Counsel at Linklaters, Brussels. Jan Wouters is Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Intergovernmental Organizations, Deputy Director of the Revue Belge de Droit International, and an editorial board member in ten other international journals. He has published widely on international and EU law, international organizations, global governance and financial law. Apart from his participation in international scientific networks, he advises various international organizations and governments, trains international officials and is often asked to comment international events in the media.