LSE THANKYOU New Annual Fund chair appointed The School has recently welcomed Peter Jones CBE (BSc Statistics 1964) as chair of the Annual Fund. This role builds on Peter’s existing LSE connections as an alumnus, governor and scholarship donor to the School. Peter takes over the role from Sir Michael Lickiss (BSc Economics 1955). Mike’s leadership and continued support during the ten years that he spent as chair saw the revenue of the Annual Fund grow by over 600 per cent, which has enabled the Annual Fund to contribute towards a variety of projects that have benefited the LSE community. Despite the current financial challenges Peter is very keen to build on Mike’s success in encouraging regular giving to the Fund. He said: ‘When Howard Davies approached me about the role, I was delighted. I can think of no better way of contributing than to help build a strong Annual Fund. ‘We all know that university funding in the UK is going to get tighter and tighter as the government tries to get a grip on its budget. The Annual Fund is especially valuable because the funds generated are unrestricted and can therefore be spent in whatever way the School most needs. It benefits a wide range of activities and plays a vital role in helping to keep our position as the leading social sciences learning institution in the world.’
Final countdown for matched funding Over the past two financial years, the UK government’s Matched Funding scheme has enabled the School to match all gifts to the LSE Annual Fund at a ratio of 3:1, boosting Annual Fund income to over £1 million per year for two years in a row, and enabling the Annual Fund to extend its impact across LSE’s campus and community. The Matched Funding scheme is now in its third and final year, meaning that the current financial year, which ends on 31 July 2011, is the final opportunity for donations to the Annual Fund to benefit from the 3:1 match. Visit www.lse.ac.uk/annualfund or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about how matched funding can extend the impact of your Annual Fund gift.
New Middle East Centre LSE announced the launch of a new multidisciplinary research centre in May 2010. The Middle East Centre, which has been operational since October 2010, brings together research focusing on the history, political economy, society, environment, law and international relations of the modern Middle East. Its work places great emphasis on active and systematic collaboration with Middle Eastern universities, scholars, civil society and policy makers, and speaks to a global audience about the region’s strengths and challenges. The creation of the Centre was made possible by £9.2 million in initial support given to the School by the Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy and The Aman Trust, organisations which are both based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The inaugural director of the Centre is Professor Fawaz Gerges (pictured), who was appointed to the newly created post of Emirates Professor for Contemporary Middle East Studies in May 2010. The endowed chair was made possible as part of the initial support received towards the creation of the Centre. Professor Gerges, who has previously held academic positions at the universities of Oxford, Harvard, Columbia and Princeton and Sarah Lawrence College in New York, is an eminent Middle East scholar. His research interests include, amongst others, Arab politics, Muslim politics in the 20th century, and the international relations of the Middle East. Following the creation of the Centre, he is working alongside other prominent LSE scholars to engage intellectuals and experienced practitioners to analyse and report on the region’s economics, politics and culture. One of the Centre’s overriding
aims is to train a new generation of specialists drawn from within the region and from the rest of the world, enabling them to provide informed and balanced analysis of the nations of the Middle East and the region’s role in the international community. The Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy offers financial and technical support to projects that enrich the lives of people in the UAE. Abdulrahman Al Owais, managing director of the Foundation, commented: ‘We are delighted that the new Centre will solidify LSE’s academic relations with leading Middle Eastern universities, including those in the United Arab Emirates. Our Foundation supports knowledge creation through research and high level training for young professionals, which are key objectives of the new Middle East Centre.’ The Aman Trust is a philanthropic organisation operating in the fields of healthcare, education and food security throughout the Middle East and South Asia. It is headed by Arif Naqvi (BSc Economics 1982), CEO and founder of Abraaj Capital, one of the largest private equity firms operating in emerging markets, whose family endowed the Trust. He added: ‘As an LSE alumnus, I am delighted that LSE has made an institutional commitment to the Middle East.’ The Centre plans to host its first major public event in spring 2011 In the meantime, please visit lse.ac.uk/ middleeastcentre for further details.
Magazine for alumni of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Volume 22, Number 2, Winter 2010