SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

CISD Members


Dr Dan Plesch

Academic Members

Professor Dan Plesch
Director of CISD
Dan Plesch

Applied International Relations, weapons of mass destruction, diplomacy, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, the role of international non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and the Nazis.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4841
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  • Room: 4417
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment
Dr Ashley Cox
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Ashley Cox has recently completed his PhD viva at the University of Leicester studying the Wilsonian influences on conflicts in American history.

Dr Harald Heubaum
Senior Lecturer in Global Energy and Climate Policy
Harald Haubaum

Energy and climate policy in Europe, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region; institutional change and innovation in global energy, climate and financial governance; climate and sustainable finance; ESG standards and financial performance; decarbonisation of transport; public policy

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4362
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  • Room: 4431
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment
Dr Catriona Drew
Lecturer in International Law
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Public International Law; international legal history (particularly self-determination of peoples), and legal theory

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4482
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  • Room: S332
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 17:15 - 18:45

Professor Michael W. Charney
Mike Charney
The history of Buddhist societies in South and Southeast Asia and of culture, technology, and warfare in colonial Africa and Asia
  • Tel: 020 7898 4612
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  • Room: 322
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 17:00 -19:00
Dr Vino Kanapathipillai
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)
Convenor, Global Advocacy
Vino Kanapathipillai

International security, multinational enterprises, international public policy, international political economy, global governance.

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  • Room: 4406
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays 10 - 12 (Term 2)

Dr Hanns Bjoern Kendel
Senior Lecturer
Hanns Bjoern Kendel

Security, South Asia, International Law, Political and Legal Philosophy

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  • Room: 4406
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Tuesday 4-5pm, Wednesday 4-5pm
Dr J. Simon Rofe
Reader in Diplomatic and International Studies
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Dr J Simon Rofe is the inaugural director of CISD's Global Diplomacy Masters distance learning programme.  Prior to joining SOAS he was Distance Learning Director at the University of Leicester managing a suite of four International Relations Programmes.

Dr Pallavi Roy
Senior Lecturer in International Economics
Pallavi Roy

Pallavi is a Senior lecturer in International Economics at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4833
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  • Room: 235
  • Academic Support Hours: Email for appointment
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 2018/19
Dr Yanan Song
Lecturer in Diplomacy and Public Policy
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Dr Yanan Song is a Lecturer in Diplomacy and Public Policy at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD). Prior to joining SOAS she was a Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics at University of Exeter. She had her PhD degree in Politics at Durham University, and completed her MSc in International Public Policy at University College London (UCL).

Dr Tobias Franz
Lecturer in International Economics
Tobias Franz

Political economy of institutions, elite politics and development, late industrialisation policies, productivity growth, regional economics, local economic development, developmentalist and post-development debates. Regional focus on Latin America with a special emphasis on Colombia.

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4312
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  • Room: 283
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 11:00am-1:00pm
Professor Thomas Weiss
Research Professor
Thomas Weiss

Prof Thomas G. Weiss joined the Centre in 2012 as Research Professor working with Dr Plesch on their project looking at the implications of the alliance of United Nations during WW2 and prior to the UN Charter for Twenty First Century policy.

Global Fellows

Research Associates

Professor Amitav Acharya
Senior Fellow
Amitac Acharya

Amitav Acharya is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Distinguished Professor at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC.

Dr Richard Al-Qaq
Research Associate
Richard Al Qaq

Richard Kareem Al-Qaq holds a PhD in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Between 2002 and 2007, Dr. Al-Qaq taught post-graduate International Politics at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Mr John Ashton CBE
Professorial Research Associate
John Ashton

John Ashton is an independent commentator and adviser on the politics of climate change. He is also well known for the role he has played in climate diplomacy.

Mr Martin Butcher
Research Associate
Martin Butcher

Martin Butcher is a policy advisor on arms and conflict for Oxfam.

Ms Marissa Conway
Research Associate
Marissa Conway

Marissa Conway is the Co-Founder of the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy and in 2019 was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for her work. She is currently earning her PhD in Politics at the University of Bristol and is a member of the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy initiative.


Professor David Fisk
Research Associate
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David Fisk is holder of the Laing O’Rourke Chair in Systems Engineering and Innovation at Imperial College. He previously held the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair at Imperial College London in Engineering for Sustainable Development. At Imperial he is Director of the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation and is a co-director of the BP Urban Energy Systems Program. He is a Past President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and serves as a Non-Executive Member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.

Mr Andrew Gilmour
Senior Fellow
Andrew Gilmour

Andrew Gilmour has recently stepped down from the United Nations after 30 years. He was the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights from 2016 to 2019.

Ms Isabel Hilton OBE
Research Associate
Isabel Hilton

Isabel Hilton is a London based writer and broadcaster. She is founder and editor of chinadialogue, an independent, non-profit organization based in London, Beijing and San Francisco.

Dr Orzala Nemat
Research Associate
Orzala Nemat Orzala Nemat

Dr. Orzala Nemat, an internationally known Afghan scholar & think tank leader. She is an expert in political ethnography, holding a PhD in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and MSc in Development Planning from the University College London (UCL).

Mr David Rowe
Research Associate
David Rowe

David Rowe is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Research, Western Sydney University and Honorary Professor, University of Bath. He is a sociologist of media and popular culture, with a particular interest in journalism, sport and leisure. David’s work encompasses the subject of sport and diplomacy, especially in East Asia and Australasia. His work has been translated into several languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Italian, Spanish and Turkish.

Dr Zidane Meriboute
Research Associate
Zidane Meriboute

Currently, Zidane holds the position of Senior Consultant within the ICRC Unit in charge of the contacts with the religious leaders in Africa.

His research interests are: Islamism, Sufism and Evangelism in Africa; The nature of modern Islamic States.

Mr Paul Schulte
Research Associate
Paul Schulte

Paul Schulte is a nonresident senior associate in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program and at Carnegie Europe, as well as being a Research Associate in the Disarmament and Globalisation Program at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

Dr Peter Slinn
Research Associate
Peter Slinn

Currently, Peter is Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame (London Law Centre), and joint General Editor of the Law Reports of the Commonwealth, (Butterworths LexisNexis) the 100th volume of which was published in 2009. He is Vice-President of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association, Chair of the Editorial Board of the Commonwealth Judicial Journal and a member of the executive committee of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association.

Dr Ayesha Siddiqa
Research Associate
Ayesha Siddiqa

Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa is an expert on civil-military relations in South Asia. She has worked extensively on Pakistan military - its politics, decision-making and arms procurement. In the past few years her work has focused on understanding the drivers of radicalism and militancy in Punjab and Sindh that led her to explore the ideological and philosophical linkages between South Asia and the Middle East with an emphasis on transfer of knowledge since the late 18th century.  


Dr Mba Chidi Nmaju
Teaching Fellow
Mba Chidi Nmaju

Mba Chidi Nmaju is a Teaching fellow at the Centre for international studies and diplomacy, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Dr Nmaju has published several peer reviewed articles on international law and African conflicts.

Mr Jose Gigante
Tutor - Sport and Diplomacy
Jose Gigante

Jose Gigante works in sports consulting and has worked at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Academy of Sport (WAoS).

Ms Felicia Jackson
Teaching Fellow - Global Energy and Climate Policy
Felicia Jackson

Global finance, sustainability and climate change; energy and climate policy and governance; energy transition; systemic change; climate risk, financial resilience; the economics of climate change; data for climate and sustainable finance.

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  • Room: 4433
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment

Dr Yonit Manor-Percival
Tutor - Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives
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Dr. Percival specialises in the interface between law, society and corporations within the framework of the global political economy, with a focus on the People’s Republic of China (PRC). She completed her PhD research in international investment protection law at Queen Mary University of London. Her thesis employs a multidisciplinary approach, including critical and post-colonial theory, political economy and legal analysis, to unpack the PRC ‘harmonious world’ paradigm. The thesis examines this paradigm through the lens of the global and China’s own bilateral investment treaties program, considering the way it both challenges as well as reinforces the global neoliberal order.

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  • Room: S225
  • Academic Support Hours: Friday 15:00 - 15:30

Dr Hisham Sabbagh
Teaching Fellow - Diplomatic Practice
Hisham Sabbagh

Dr Hisham Sabbagh’s research focuses on International Mediation, Foreign Policy Analysis,
the Politics and Security of the Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy towards the Middle East.

Dr Vino Kanapathipillai
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)
Convenor, Global Advocacy
Vino Kanapathipillai

International security, multinational enterprises, international public policy, international political economy, global governance.

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  • Room: 4406
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays 10 - 12 (Term 2)
Dr Zoha Waseem
Teaching Fellow
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Teaching Fellow – International Security

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  • Room: 4433
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 4 PM – 5 PM, or by appointment

Online Learning Tutors

Dr Vino Kanapathipillai
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)
Convenor, Global Advocacy
Vino Kanapathipillai

International security, multinational enterprises, international public policy, international political economy, global governance.

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  • Room: 4406
  • Academic Support Hours: Fridays 10 - 12 (Term 2)

Mr Ewan Lawson
Ewan Lawson

Ewan is a former serving officer in the Royal Air Force with a highly varied experience but with a long term background in policing and security. He has worked extensively in Africa most recently in South Sudan, and maintains a practical interest in peace keeping and conflict resolution. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.

Dr Feja Lesniewska
Senior Teaching Fellow
Feja Lesniewska

Climate change and energy law, sustainable development, ecosystems law and governance (forests, land, water), smart energy technologies, cryptocurrencies and transnational environmental law.

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  • Room: 4406
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 14.00-16.00

Mr Gavin Price
Tutor - MA Global Diplomacy Online Learning
Associate Tutor, International Security module
Gavin Price

Faculty Associates

Dr Leslie Vinjamuri
Chair of the CISD International Relations Speaker Series
Leslie Vinjamuri

International Organisation; International Politics of International and Transitional Justice; Religion, Human Rights and International Relations Theory; International Diplomacy and the Use of Force; International Diplomacy and Transitional States.

Administrative Staff