School of Global Studies

Global Studies Impact advisory board

The Advisory Board aims to broaden the reach of our research and to gain insight from those working in related fields

Our research addresses pressing issues of contemporary relevance in global health, development, security and conflict, migration and gender, as well as environmental issues such as climate change, and economic issues like trade and finance. The advisory board consists of members from Government departments, NGOs and the private sector working on these issues.

Meeting twice yearly, the Board provides external advice and insight on the impact strategy of the school.

Aldineber Alzate

Aldi AlzateMexico, Central America and the Caribbean Lead, International Strategy Directorate
Department for International Trade

Aldi currently works at the International Strategy Directorate of the Department for International Trade (DIT), as the lead for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Prior to working at DIT, he was a Policy Advisor at the Department for Transport, working on the High-Speed Rail (HS2) project. He has also been a consultant with the Government of Colombia, focusing on migration and poverty reduction policies, as well as having held roles with various NGOs in London.  Aldi has a MSc in Political Economy of Development from SOAS, and a BA in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of Sussex.

Yvan Biot

Director of Programmes, Farm Africa

Yvan is responsible for programme design, delivery and impact assessment and supervises the operations of Farm Africa's country offices in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. Formerly Senior Scientist - Climate Change and Environment at the Department for International Development.

Sylvia Bluck

Sylvia BluckDepartment for International Development (DFID)

Sylvia has 20 years of development experience in working on law, justice, human rights and anti-corruption. She’s currently leading DFID’s policy and programme work tackling the UK end of international anti-corruption and part of a cross-government team working on the forthcoming International Anti-Corruption Summit. In previous DFID roles, she’s led the human rights policy team; worked on security and justice and managed governance programmes on access to justice and public sector reform in DFID India. In life before DFID, she led law and human rights work at the Commonwealth Secretariat and the British Council and worked as a lawyer in the strangely similar jurisdictions of the UK and the Solomon Islands.

Lisa Doyle

Lisa DoyleExecutive Director of Advocacy, The Refugee Council

Lisa joined the Refugee Council in 2005, and she is now responsible for leading its campaigning, media, parliamentary, policy and research work. As a researcher, Lisa has undertaken research on a variety of issues that affect refugees and asylum seekers which has been used to advocate for policy change. Most recently, she co-authored England’s Forgotten Refugees which documented the experiences of newly recognised refugees.

Lisa previously held positions at the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA), where she conducted research concerning widening participation. Before joining LSDA, she was a lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Sussex. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Reading.

Tom George

Tom GeorgeAmericas Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Tom works in the Americas Directorate at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he is currently preparing for a posting to Mexico. He has previously been posted with the FCO to New Delhi, India, and has worked on a range of issues across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and South Asia, with a particular focus on energy and resource security, climate change, security policy, multilateral organisations and commercial diplomacy. Prior to joining the FCO he worked in consultancy in the metals and mining industry. He recently completed a Masters in Geopolitics and Grand Strategy at the University of Sussex.

Charles Gore

Charles GoreIndependent;  Honorary Professor of Economics, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Charles was team leader and principal author of the United Nation’s Conference on Trade and Development ’s (UNCTAD) Least Developed Countries Report from 2000 to 2008, and from 2008 to 2012 he was the Special Coordinator for Cross-Sectoral Issues in UNCTAD, directing research and policy analysis on Africa and least developed countries. In the 1980s, he worked as a consultant on the development problems of landlocked countries, particularly in southern Africa.

In the 1990s he co-managed a multi-country UNCTAD research project on lessons of East Asian development for Africa, and a multi-country ILO research project on the global application of the concept of social exclusion.

Originally trained in economic geography, he worked as a Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Swansea from 1976 to 1991. He is an Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Glasgow and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. His current research focuses on the history of development and the idea of global goals.

John Holmes

John HolmesAssistant Director, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Chief of Staff to the Directors of:

  • Science, Research and Innovation (Jenny Dibden);
  • International Science and Innovation (Sharon Ellis);
  • UK Research and Innovation Programme Directorate (Anne Dixon) and
  • UK Research and Innovation Strategy (Rebecca Endean)

With 17 years of experience of developing and delivering government policy on public engagement with science, energy and international climate change.  Experienced in working with Whitehall and international partners, academics and through multi-lateral organisations including the EU and UN

Mike Lewis

Mike LewisSenior Adviser (EU iTrace programme), Conflict Armament Research

Independent research consultant and Senior Adviser to the European Union’s iTrace programme, a global illicit weapons documentation programme implemented by Conflict Armament Research. Previously a member of the UN Panel of Experts on Sudan, humanitarian and conflict policy adviser for Oxfam GB, military/security/police researcher for Amnesty International, and policy lead on tax and development finance for the international NGO federation ActionAid. Since 2006 has specialised in research and investigation in armed conflicts and vulnerable economies, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, for intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Tracy McveighTracy Mcveigh

Editor – global development
The Guardian and the Observer

Educated at the University of Glasgow and a journalist for some 20 years working first in education, then as a foreign news editor before taking up her current role as Global Development Editor at the Guardian and The Observer.

Matthew PrestonMatthew Preston

Research Analyst, Multilateral Research Group
Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Matthew Preston joined FCO Research Analysts in 2003. He provides policy-relevant research, analysis and advice on a range of global issues and international organisations, particularly the United Nations.

Enrique Restoy

Head: Knowledge, The International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Enrique Restoy

Enrique is currently Head: Knowledge at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, where he previously acted as Senior Technical Advisor: Human Rights. He has held senior positions in Anti-Slavery International and the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and as a Researcher for West Africa in Amnesty International. Enrique is the author of numerous publications on human rights and gender research and programming in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. He is a member of the Human Rights and M&E Expert Group of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and sits on the Advisory Board of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). Enrique holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Sussex.

Mark RobinsonMark Robinson

Executive Director, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI

Mark, a former staff member of IDS and alumnus of Sussex, is responsible for leading the EITI International Secretariat based in Oslo, Norway. As Executive Director he provides strategic and intellectual leadership for EITI's global network of 51 member countries in pursuit of improved extractives governance.  

Jill Russell

Principal Associate, Director of the U.K. Office, Abt Associates

Jill RussellJill Russell, a leader in managing complex international development programs for numerous donors across the globe, is director of Abt Associates’ U.K. office. In this role, Russell serves Abt’s growing list of clients in the region, including the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID).

Previously, Russell served as the associate director at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, where she led a multi-disciplinary team in research, monitoring and evaluation in areas such as HIV, health and human rights. She also served as the head of new business development at the organization, where she led the Alliance’s business development strategy. In addition, she has 20 years of experience working with donors, including DFID, USAID, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  

Russell holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Kansas, a Masters in Health Service Administration from the George Washington University, and a Masters in Science in International Executive Management from the U.K.’s Lancaster University Management School.

Sheelagh StewartSheelagh Stewart

Chief Adviser, Societies in Crisis, British Council

Conflict, rule of law and security expert.  Extensive experience in development and foreign policy across civil society, academic, UK government and UN.  Head of UK Government Stabilisation Unit (tri-departmental government unit reporting to FCO, DFID and MoD) 2009-12.  Key contributor to government policy on fragile states, governance and stability.  Interested in soft power, relationship between equality and effective foreign policy.