At LIS, we're building a new university to prepare students to tackle the most important and complex problems.
A Shared vision
The LIS team are 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.Undergraduate Programme
As a society, we face challenges that are complex, multifaceted, and require urgent action.
We don't know what the world of work will look like in 2050 but we do know that we will need brilliant problem-solvers who can tackle these issues in new ways. We will teach our students the knowledge, skills, and frameworks they need to create the change they want to see.
Building the right team
The course is not the only thing that’s interdisciplinary at LIS...meet the team!
Ed Fidoe, Chief Executive
Ed co-founded School 21 after leaving McKinsey in 2010.
Ed has advised several education institutions including Cambridge University, LSE, and Teach First. Prior to joining McKinsey, Ed ran a theatre production company. Board trustee for Ashoka UK.
Professor Carl Gombrich
Director of Teaching and Learning
Carl (former UCL professor) leads on curriculum design, teaching, and learning.
Carl was a professor of Interdisciplinary Education at UCL and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Chair of the Board
Co-founded several digital start-ups including Bookatable. Prior to this, Chris worked in Executive Education. An Advisory Board Member at youth charity Big Change, a mentor at Seedcamp and Singularity University SU Labs, and part of the Founders Network.Find out more
Board Trustee at Big Education MAT and co-founder of Funding Circle.
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.
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.
Director of Admissions and Student Support
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.
Dr Michael Englard
Director of Widening Participation
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.
Director of Marketing
Co-founded Two Degrees (e-commerce shoe business) and member of the founding team that launched Oppo Brothers, the healthy dessert company.
Director of Finance and Operations
Former strategy consultant - supported a range of social impact organisations, including leading Universities.
Marielle van der Meer
Director of Careers and Networks
Marielle has over 15 years of experience in international HE across sectors and continents and a relentless passion for transforming education.Find out more