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About LIS

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.

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LIS team
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Our Purpose

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

LIS - Ed Fidoe, Co-founder

The course is not the only thing that’s interdisciplinary at LIS...meet the team!

Ed Fidoe, Chief Executive

LIS - Ed Fidoe, Co-founder

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.

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LIS - Carl Gombrich, Lead Academic

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.

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LIS - Chris Persson, Co-founder

Chris Persson

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.

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LIS - Andrew Mullinger, Co-founder

Andrew Mullinger

Board member

Board Trustee at Big Education MAT and co-founder of Funding Circle.


Kenan Malick - LIS Board

Kenan Malik

Board member

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.

Mary Curnock-Cook

Board member

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.

LIS - Hannah Kohler, Head of Student Experience

Hannah Kohler

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

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.

LIS - Plum Turner, Head of Marketing

Plum Turner

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.

LIS - Jasper Joyce, Head of Strategy and Operations

Jasper Joyce

Director of Finance and Operations

Former strategy consultant - supported a range of social impact organisations, including leading Universities.

Marielle van der Meer LIS

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.

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