Ngaire Woods at 2011 Going Down Dinner, Rhodes HouseRhodes Trustee Ngaire Woods (New Zealand & Balliol 1987) has been appointed the inaugural Dean of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government.

Professor Woods – Rhodes Scholar at Balliol, Junior Research Fellow at New College, and Fellow of University College since 1993 - is Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme at University College. She has been a Rhodes Trustee since 2009.

Her appointment as inaugural Dean of the Blavatnik School has been announced by the University today following an extensive international search.

Today’s announcement describes Ngaire Woods as ‘a recognized world authority on international relations, global economic governance, the challenges of globalization, and the role of international institutions.

'Regularly called upon by governments and global institutions to offer her expertise, she has held advisory roles in the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, the Commonwealth, the European Parliament, the African Development Bank, and the British government under three successive Prime Ministers. She helped to lead the creation of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and, before her appointment as Dean, served as the School’s Academic Director.’

The Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Patten of Barnes, said: 'I have worked closely with Ngaire for a number of years on global economic governance issues and she is exactly the right person to lead this visionary school.' 

Professor Joseph Nye (New Jersey & Exeter 1958), former Harvard Kennedy School Dean, has commented: ‘Ngaire Woods is an ideal choice to become the first Dean of Oxford's exciting new Blavatnik School of Government. She is a renowned scholar of global governance whose vision has been crucial in creating the School, and whose inspiring leadership will now assure its success.’

Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Government in Singapore, said: ‘Professor Ngaire Woods will be an excellent Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government.  She has made important intellectual contributions to the theory and practice of global governance, she is globally networked and she straddles comfortably the worlds of policy and practice. Much of her work has focused on how global markets and institutions can better serve the needs of people in developing countries, and many governments have turned to her for advice.’

Amongst those welcoming the Blavatnik School of Government on its announcement in September 2010 was Nelson Mandela, whose message read: 'Oxford has a special place in my heart because of our historic partnership with the Rhodes Trust that gave birth to The Mandela Rhodes Foundation and its mission to build exceptional leadership in Africa. I am therefore delighted about the establishment of the new School of Government at Oxford, which will help train future leaders from all parts of the world. I wish it every success. N.R. Mandela'

For the announcement of Ngaire Woods's appointment, click here.

For more information about the Blavatnik School of Government, click here.

For a News story on the involvement of Rhodes Scholars in the launch of the Blavatnik School, click here.