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IPAT Patron Appointed SOAS Director

Posted July 6, 2015

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.