Dame Nemat (Minouche) Shafik Announced as LSE's 16th Director

The AFLSE welcomes the appointment of Dame Nemat (Minouche) Shafik as LSE's 16th Director and draws your attention to the following announcement.  Please join me in sending her our best wishes. We look forward to her active engagement of and interaction with the School's alumni and offer her our support to help the School achieve its goals.


Best regards,


Thomas E. Kern, President


It is my privilege and pleasure to announce the appointment of alumna Dame Nemat (Minouche) Shafik as LSE's 16th Director, taking up the post on 1 September 2017.
Minouche Shafik (MSc Economics 1986) is an exemplary leader of global standing who has worked in international organisations, government and academia in a career that has spanned research, policy and operational work.
She is currently Deputy Governor of the Bank of England where she is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee, the Financial Policy Committee, and the Board of the Prudential Regulatory Authority.  Prior to this role she served as Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development, and Vice-President of the World Bank.  She has taught at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University and published on a wide array of topics in economics and international development.
She brings exceptional breadth of experience and all of the skills and personal qualities that the LSE community highlighted during the consultation we conducted throughout the spring. We are delighted to be able to welcome her to LSE.
Minouche has longstanding connections to LSE, being an alumna and a frequent speaker and participant in events at the School.  She also holds a DPhil from Oxford University.
Minouche has told us:
“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead LSE.  The School’s long tradition of bringing the best of social science research and teaching to bear on the problems of the day is needed now more than ever.  I look forward to meeting everyone in person and to working together to make LSE even more excellent.”
Of course we will have ample opportunity to welcome the new Director in due course.  In the meantime, Professor Julia Black will continue to lead the School and, along with the School Management Committee, is focusing on a range of priorities to take us forward to a successful transition of leadership in 12 months’ time. I would also like to take this opportunity to fully endorse the work that our senior team is taking forward and thank them for their efforts.

Alan Elias (LLB 1977), Chair of LSE Council (acting)









Dame Minouche Shafik