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LIS is building a new university that prepares students to tackle the most important and complex problems.

LIS is building a new university that prepares students to tackle the most important and complex problems.

A team of polymaths

The LIS team is a unique combination of leading academics; entrepreneurs who have built transformational businesses; and educationalists who have deep expertise in the science of learning, and experience of establishing new institutions. LIS and its interdisciplinary degree is a product of these powerful collaborations.

The Team


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Anastasia Barnes

Admissions and WP Associate

Anastasia Barnes, Admissions and WP Associate

Anastasia holds a BSc (hons) in French and Mathematics from the University of Leeds. She was her undergraduate cohort’s course representative, active in ensuring inclusivity, accessibility, and wellbeing support for students. Anastasia has worked in several care and pastoral roles over the years and is currently completing a master’s degree in Psychology.

Dr Amelia Peterson


Amelia - Faculty - LIS

Amelia is a social scientist with a background in policy and consulting. Amelia studies education reforms and their relationship to social, geographic and labour market inequalities. Prior to LIS, Amelia was an LSE Fellow in Social Policy. She has also taught and supervised students at the University of Bristol and at Harvard, where she received her PhD.

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Andrew Mullinger

Board member

Andrew Mullinger - LIS

Andrew grew Funding Circle (UK Fintech unicorn) from an idea into the largest and fastest-growing small business loan marketplace in the world. Andrew helped build out and lead the company's operations before focusing on risk management. He is now a trustee at Big Education MAT and AskIf.

Dr Ash Brockwell


Dr. Ash Brockwell LIS

Ash is an artist, writer, and consultant. Ash holds a masters degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from the University of Oxford and a second masters in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Kent. He holds a PhD in Education for Sustainability from Wageningen University and Research Centre in The Netherlands. 

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Dr Bronwyn Tarr


Bronwyn - Faculty - LIS

Bronwyn is a human behavioural scientist interested in the evolution of social behaviours, particularly music and dance. Bronwyn completed her DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford, where she has continued her research in evolutionary anthropology and psychology.

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Prof. Carl Gombrich

Academic Lead and Director of Teaching & Learning

LIS - Carl Gombrich - Lead Academic

Carl leads on curriculum design, teaching, and learning. Carl was a Professorial Teaching Fellow of Interdisciplinary Education at UCL and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Chris Persson


Chris has co-founded several digital start-ups including Bookatable. Prior to this, he worked for BTS, the executive education consultancy group. Chris is an Advisory Board Member at youth charity Big Change, a mentor at Seedcamp and Singularity University SU Labs, and part of the Founders Network.

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Diana Alvarez

Marketing Manager

Diana Alvarez Marketing Manager LIS

Diana holds a BA in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington DC, and a Masters in Food Tourism from the Basque Culinary Center in San Sebastian, Spain. Diana has worked in marketing, advertising and branding for some of the worlds largest brands, and has joined LIS as a fervent believer in the value of interdisciplinary education.

Dr Ebrahim Patel


Ebrahim - LIS - Faculty

Ebrahim is an applied mathematician who holds an MMath and PhD from the University of Manchester, both in Mathematics. He is especially interested in the mathematics of complex systems and human behaviour. Ebrahim co-founded The Bees, an award-winning writing group which promotes the understanding and enjoyment of mathematical techniques.

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Ed Fidoe

Chief Executive

Ed co-founded School 21, an innovative 4 - 18 school in Stratford, East London (achieved Outstanding Ofsted in 2014). He has advised leaders at Cambridge University, the London School of Economics along with schools exploring new ways of teaching. Prior to founding School 21 Ed worked at McKinsey & Co and ran a theatre production company. 

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Hannah Kohler

Strategy & Special Projects

LIS - Hannah Kohler

Hannah is an award-winning author of The Outside Lands. Formerly at Channel 4, Hannah worked in television for several years, and prior to this was at McKinsey. Hannah holds a degree in American Literature from Cambridge, and an MBA from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Hayley Dawson

Faculty Manager

Hayley Ellis- LIS

After graduating from her BA (hons) in War Studies from the University of Kent, Hayley completed a MA in Human Rights and Global Ethics at the University of Leicester. Over the past seven years Hayley has held a variety of positions in HE Professional Services across several institutions, bringing a breadth of experience to LIS.

Imogen Pemberton

Head of Admissions and Widening Participation

Diana Alvarez- LIS

Imogen holds a Theology degree from the University of Bristol. After graduating, Imogen joined Teach First as a religious studies teacher. She then joined the founding team of The Student View, working on improving media literacy amongst young people. More recently, Imogen worked at Causeway Education where she focused on closing the access gap in Higher Education.

Isaiah Wellington-Lynn


Isaiah - LIS - Curriculum Adviser

Isaiah is a designer who holds a BSc in Anthropology from UCL and was a visiting undergraduate to Harvard. He has further academic interests in computer science - and everything in between. Isaiah is passionate about positive mental health, inclusive design, social mobility, and education, and has worked with a range of organisations including Airbnb and J.P. Morgan.

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Dr James Carney


Before coming to LIS, James worked in various academic positions across the UK and Ireland. He is currently concluding an appointment as a Wellcome Trust Fellow at Brunel University London, where he used methods from machine learning and experimental psychology to establish the therapeutic impact of fiction on anxiety and depression.

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Jasper Joyce

Director of New Products

Jasper Joyce - LIS

Jasper is a former strategy consultant who has supported a range of social impact organisations across several sectors (e.g. education, healthcare, social care). He has worked with a number of new and established higher education initiatives, including advising some of the world's leading universities. Jasper holds a BA from Cambridge University.

Kenan Malik

Board member

Kenan Malick - LIS Board

Kenan Malik is a distinguished writer, lecturer, and broadcaster writing on science and politics. Kenan has written and presented a number of radio and TV documentaries (Radio 4 and Channel 4) and is a columnist for the Observer.

Kestral Gaian

Head of Digital

Kestral Gaian- Digital Products & Experiences Manager

Kestral is an interdisciplinary technologist, creative, and mental health advodate with a passion for creating experiences that bring people together to learn and grow. She holds degrees in technology, education, and healthcare, and has had a professional career spanning the corporate, start-up, and the third sectors.

Kiran Momi

Student Engagement Officer

Kiran Momi- LIS

Kiran holds a BA in English Literature from Royal Holloway, University of London, and is currently doing an MA in Policy Studies in Education at UCL. During her time at RHUL, she worked with a number of social impact organisations including VSO and SolidariTee. Kiran has joined LIS with an interest in ensuring access to education for minorities and marginalised groups.

Kristen Stockdale


Kristen holds a BA in Philosophy from UCL and an MSc from LSE's department of Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific Method. During her studies, Kristen volunteered regularly at The Children's Hospital School (based at Great Ormond Street, University College London Hospital, and the Macmillan Cancer Centre).

María Angélica Madero


Maria is an artist, curator, and translator who has exhibited in numerous cities including Los Angeles, London, and Vienna. She has an MA in Art (Sculpture) from the Slade School of Fine Art, a further MA in Philosophy and Critical Theory from Kingston, and is currently doing a Phd in Philosophy and Art from EGS Switzerland.

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Marielle van der Meer

Director of Student Experience, Careers and Partnerships

Marielle van der Meer - LIS

Marielle has over 15 years of experience in international HE across sectors and continents and a relentless passion for transforming education. Prior to joining LIS, Marielle helped launch and grow Minerva Schools at KGI (USA) and the African Leadership University (Mauritius & Rwanda).

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Mary Curnock-Cook

Board member

Mary Curnock Cook - LIS

From 2010-2017, Mary was Chief Executive of UCAS. Earlier in her career, Mary held executive and non-executive positions in the education, hospitality, food and biotech sectors.

Dr Mattia Gallotti


Mattia is an academic philosopher with a background in the social sciences. After reading economics and philosophy at Bocconi University and the London School of Economics, Mattia completed a PhD at the University of Exeter. Before joining LIS, Mattia lectured on the philosophy of the social sciences at LSE and led on the academic management of The Human Mind Project.

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Dr Michael Englard


Dr Michael Englard - LIS - Registrar

Following a longstanding interest in Access and Widening Participation, Michael co-founded Causeway Education. Michael also served as a Director of Studies at The University of Cambridge. Michael holds a bachelor's degree, masters degree, and PhD - all in English literature - also from the University of Cambridge.

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Nepor Ngobeh


Nepor Ngobeh - LIS - Design

Nepor holds a degree in Multimedia Technology and Design from Brunel University. While at university, she completed her placement year as a graphic designer at a design agency where she worked mainly on creative for Disney Benelux. Before joining LIS, Nepor worked for a magazine publisher.

Plum Turner

Director of Marketing & Recruitment

Plum Turner - LIS

After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, Plum worked in financial PR before joining the founding team that helped launch and grow Oppo Brothers, the healthy dessert company. Before joining LIS, Plum left Oppo to co-found and run her own sustainable shoe business, Two Degrees.

Dr Priya Lall


Priya - Faculty - LIS

Priya is a social epidemiologist whose work has promoted social justice causes in developing countries. Some of these causes include access to healthcare for marginalised groups and the provision of water and sanitation. Priya has previously lectured on research methods, health, and environmental change and is keen to challenge and share insights with other learners.

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Tim Davey

Curriculum Design

LIS - Tim Davey - Curriculum Design

Tim holds a degree in Theoretical Physics from Imperial College. He co-founded his first venture backed business at 19, becoming one of the youngest founders ever accepted into the y-combinator programme. Tim was Imperial’s Entrepreneur in Residence between 2017-2018 and is an active member of the Big Change & Privacy International advisory boards.

Toni Schroeder

Student Experience Coordinator

Toni Schroeder, Student Experience Coordinator

Toni was a part of the second graduating class at Minerva where she studied Economics and Cognition. She also worked for the Student Experience team at Minerva for several years. Since then, Toni has pursued a master in Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics. Toni is interested in applying the science behind behaviour to the design of educational experiences.

Waqās Ahmed


Waqas - Faculty - LIS

Waqās is founder of the DaVinci Network, author of The Polymath (Wiley 2019) and creator of the Polymath Festival. His research interests centre around human diversity and performance. He holds a BSc in Economics (SOAS) and postgraduate degrees in International History (LSE) and Neuroscience (King's College London). His main professional careers have been in diplomatic journalism and visual art.

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The Undergraduate BASc Degree

Our interdisciplinary undergraduate degree, taught by a diverse and outstanding team of academics, entrepreneurs and educationalists, starts with a complex problem and then teaches students the fundamental theories and models from across academia, empowering them to make new connections and find new solutions.

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