IPAT Patron Appointed SOAS Director

IPAT Patron Baroness Valerie Amos has been appointed
Director of SOAS, University of London.

Amos, who will take up the position in September, served as Undersecretary General
for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN from 2010.

She has a long and unrivalled career specialising in politics, diplomacy and international development.

“SOAS is a special institution with global recognition for its research and teaching on Asia,
Africa and the Middle East, bringing different perspectives to scholarship,” said Amos.

SOAS, University of London is the only higher education institution in Europe
specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.
Amos said it was “uniquely placed” to inform and shape current thinking about the
religious, political, cultural, security and economic challenges of our world.

“There is an interrelated set of issues which need to be addressed to manage growing complexity
and the contradictions of greater global connectivity and greater fragmentation,” said Amos.

“SOAS is a place where I can continue to grow and learn and use the
skills, knowledge and experience I have gained over the years.”

More information about the institution and its aims
can be found on the SOAS website.

Posted July 6, 2015

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