Trustees & Governance
Meet our Trustees and read their online biographies.
Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford, since 2002. Student of Christ Church, Oxford, since 2002. Education: University of Alberta; Magdalen College, Oxford. Fellow, Magdalen College, 1990-2002. Founder, Oxford's Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (1993). Served 2002-2015 and since 2017.
Dapo Akande is Professor of Public International Law at the Blavatnik School of Government, a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC). Before moving to the Blavatnik School, he was Professor of Public International Law at Oxford Law Faculty and was, from 2012 to 2017, Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations. He has held visiting professorships at Yale Law School, the University of Miami School of Law and the Catolica Global Law School, Lisbon. He was the 2015 Sir Ninian Stephen Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne Law School’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law. Before taking up his position in Oxford in 2004, he held positions at the University of Nottingham and the University of Durham, and from 1994 to 1998, he taught part-time at the London School of Economics and at Christ's and Wolfson Colleges, Cambridge. Served since 2020.
Co-Founder, ABRY Partners. Education: University of Florida; St. Edmund Hall, Oxford; Harvard Law School. With ABRY Partners since founding in 1989, Chairman 1989-2012. President, Paradigm, since 1993. Founder, Johns Hopkins' Magic That Matters Foundation, 2011. With University of Florida's endowment investment company (UFICO), Chairman since 2012. Served since 2014.
Ms Neeti Bhalla (Kenya & Templeton 1998)
Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group since 2013. Previously a managing director at Goldman Sachs. Earlier in her career worked at the Central Bank of Kenya and the Nairobi Stock Exchange. Active participant in WE@Liberty, a women’s network and advocacy group at Liberty Mutual. Read for an MBA and MSc in Social Anthropology whilst at Oxford. She also has a BA in Economics from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Peterson Institute for International Economics; and as a member of the International Council of the Belfer Center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. Served since 2020.
Professor Elleke Boehmer (South Africa-at-Large and St John's 1985)
Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford
Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford, since 2007. Director, The Oxford Research in the Humanities (TORCH), since 2015. Governing Body Fellow, Wolfson College. Education: Rhodes University; St John’s College, Oxford. Hildred Carlile Professor of Literatures in English, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2004-7. General and Founding Editor, Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures Series, Oxford University Press, since 2004. Fellow of the English Academy, since 2005. Editorial Boards. Trustee, Charlie Perkins/Aurora Education Foundation, UK, since 2010. Man Booker International judge 2013-15. Honorary Doctorate, Linnaeus University, Sweden, 2009. Served since 2016.
Mike Fitzpatrick is Chairman of Pacific Current Group (formerly Treasury Group Limited), an incubator of fund management companies. He also holds a number of other non-executive directorships, including Infrastructure Capital Group, Carnegie Clean Energy Limited and Latam Autos Limited. He has over 40 years in the financial services sector. Committed to sustainability, Mike and his associated interests have made a range of sustainable investments in renewable energy generation and technology development, as well as energy efficiency and sustainability. In January 2019, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. Served since 2018.
Master of Balliol College from April 2018. Director-General of the National Trust, 2012-2018. Education: BA (Modern History), St Hugh's College, Oxford; MLitt (6th century Italian history), Hertford College, Oxford. Permanent Secretary, UK Home Office, 2011-2012. Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 2005-10. Chairman of the Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust since 1999. Before that, a variety of posts in local government finance, housing, urban regeneration, the Cabinet Office (including the Efficiency Unit and the Machinery of Government Secretariat), and HM Revenue and Customs. Served since 2011.
Mr Don Gogel (New Jersey & Balliol 1971)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Clayton Dubilier & Rice
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Clayton Dubilier & Rice, New York. Education: Harvard College; Balliol College, Oxford; Harvard Law School. With Clayton Dubilier & Rice, New York, since 1989; CEO since 1998. Chairman of the Global Steering Committee (now Development Committee), Rhodes Trust, since 2007. Managing Director, Kidder Peabody & Co, 1985-1988. Co-chairman, Cancer Research Institute, New York. Senior Vice-Chairman and Trustee, Mount Sinai Medical Center. Member, Dean’s Council, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. Served since 2010.
Recently retired from a legal career in corporate law. Partner of Slaughter and May from 1983 to 2012. Now active in several charitable organisations within the education sector. Education: New College, Oxford. Served since 2014.
Dr Tariro Makadzange (Zimbabwe & Balliol 1999)
An infectious disease physician scientist and Director of Biology at Gilead Sciences
An infectious disease physician scientist and Director of Biology at the multinational biopharmaceutical company, Gilead Sciences. She has held positions as an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital; Boston Faculty; Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT; Harvard Temporary Senior Lecturer; University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences Consultant; and a Physician at Parirenyatwa Hospital and Parirenyatwa Hospital Family Care Centre. Education: Completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College, her graduate studies at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and her medical training at Harvard Medical School. She did her clinical training in internal medicine at the University of Washington and fellowships in Infectious Disease and HIV at MGH. Served since 2016.
Ms Swati Mylavarapu (Florida & Wolfson 2005)
Founder of Incite.org, a values-based investor and co-founder of Arena
Founder of Incite.org, a values-based investor that provides catalytic capital and guidance for world positive start-ups, non-profits, and activists. Co-founder of the Arena, which trains the next generation of progressive candidates and campaign staff. Previously worked at Quid, Square, Google.org and as a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Graduated from Harvard with an AB in Development Studies, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was a Truman Scholar. At Oxford she earned an MPhil in Economic History. Received the George Parkin Service Award from the Rhodes Trust in 2018 in recognition of her contributions to the Rhodes community, including helping to start the Welcome Home events for recently gone down Scholars in the United States. She also served as Co-Convener of the 2019 Ventures Forum at Rhodes House. Served since 2020.
Academic research focuses on the literary and intellectual history of the British, American and French Enlightenments. She has written extensively about the historical writing and culture of the British Enlightenment, and about the development of sociological thinking in this period, particularly as it related to a new understanding of the role of women. Her books include Narratives of Enlightenment: Cosmopolitan History from Voltaire to Gibbon (1997) and Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2009). Key authors include William Robertson, Edward Gibbon, Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen and Thomas Robert Malthus. Co-edited and wrote the introduction to the 1750-1820 volume of The Oxford History of the Novel (2014) and co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Gibbon (2018). Also written about the cultural impact of Malthus and population theory in late Enlightenment period, including in the Yale edition of the 1803 Essay on the Principle of Population (2018). Served since 2019.
Professor Kate O'Regan
Inaugural director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford
Inaugural Director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, which opened at Mansfield College in October 2017. Education: University of Cape Town, earning a BA and LLB, and then a LLM from the University of Sydney. She served as one of the first judges of the Constitutional Court of South Africa from 1994 – 2009 and as an ad hoc judge of the Supreme Court of Namibia from 2010 - 2016. She is an honorary bencher of Lincoln’s Inn, an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy and the recipient of seven honorary degrees. She has also sat on the boards of many NGOs working in the fields of democracy, the rule of law, human rights and equality. Served since 2018.
President and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies (through 2020) and Chair, Atlantic Institute Governing Board. Education: AB, Occidental College; M.A. in Foreign Affairs and J.D., University of Virginia. 30 years in executive positions with The Atlantic Philanthropies and General Atlantic Group Ltd., the foundation’s international investment subsidiary; Counsel to former US Senator, Russell Feingold; Resident Law Lecturer, East China Law School (Shanghai); private law firm practice in US and Asia. Served since 2020.
Indian businessman and co-founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals. The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016. Education: earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calcutta. He is an alumnus of J. J. Ajmera High School and Bhawanipur Education Society College. Served since 2017.
United States Magistrate Judge. Education: University of North Carolina (Morehead Scholar); Magdalen College, Oxford; Stanford Law School. Extensive experience in management, education, and law. Secretary of Rhodes Scholarship US District 16 selection committee (Southern California and Arizona). Served since 2010.
Dr Peter Stamos (California & Worcester 1981)
Founder, Chief Executive Officer of Stamos Capital Partners
Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Stamos Capital Partners. Education: Stanford University; Harvard Law School; Worcester College, Oxford. CEO, Stamos Associates, Inc. (SAI), a Perot Systems Company. Chief of Staff and Chief Economist for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley. Consultant with McKinsey & Company. Teaching Fellow, Department of Economics, Harvard University. Chairman of the Investment Committee for Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, 2002-2010. Chairman of the Investment Advisory Board for Major League Baseball, 2007-2017. Served since 2018.
Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company based in San Francisco where he leads McKinsey’s client capabilities globally. Education: Stanford University; Worcester College, Oxford. Member of McKinsey’s Shareholders Council (board of directors) and their Operating Committee. Previously, Bob led the Operations Practice in the Americas and the global Private Equity Practice. Serves on the board of Quest Scholars and the advisory board of USA Water Polo and holds a private pilot license. Served since 2018.
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robertson Foundation. Director: WPP plc, Blackstone, Aurora Energy Research. Chairman: Study Group Limited, BMT Group Limited. Educated: University of Auckland; Worcester College, Oxford. President of Robertson Foundation Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford, 2004-2009. Vice-Chancellor, University of Auckland 1999-2004. Served as Chair of the Rhodes Trust since 2011 and as Chair Emeritus since 2019.
Mr Michael McCaffery (Pennsylvania & Merton 1975)
Board Chairman and Managing Director, Makena Capital
Board Chairman and Managing Director, Makena Capital Management. Education: Princeton University, Stanford University, Merton College, Oxford. President and CEO, Stanford Management Co., 2000-2006. Director, C3. Advisory boards of Nvidia, Accel Ventures and Silver Lake Partners. Served as a Trustee since 2007, and as Emeritus Trustee since 2019.
Mr John McCall MacBain O.C. (Québec & Wadham 1980)
Second Century Founder, Rhodes Trust; Founder and President, McCall MacBain Foundation and Pamoja Capital
Founder and President, McCall MacBain Foundation and Pamoja Capital. Second Century Founder of the Rhodes Trust and awarded the Oxford Sheldon Medal in 2017. Education: McGill University; Wadham College, Oxford; Harvard Business School. Founder, President and CEO, Trader Classified Media, 1987-2006. Chairman, European Climate Foundation, since 2008. Land and sea commercial pilot. Served as a Trustee since June 2010, and as Emeritus Trustee since 2018.
Chancellor, University of Waterloo, since 2018. Senior Advisor at Radical Ventures 2019. Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, 2009-2018. Education: University of British Columbia; Brasenose College, Oxford. McKinsey's Chairman for Asia, 2004-2009, based in Shanghai; led McKinsey’s office in Korea, 2000-2004. Member, Brookings Institution Foreign Policy Leadership Committee; Asian Development Bank Advisory Group on Human Resources Management. Chairman, International Advisory Committee to the President of South Korea on National Future and Vision. Served as a Trustee since 2010, and as Emeritus Trustee since 2019.
Mr John Wylie, AM (Queensland & Balliol 1983)
Managing Director and Head of Corporate Advisory for Lazard
President of the State Library of Victoria. Previously Managing Director and Head of Corporate Advisory for Lazard, Australia, since 2007. Education: University of Queensland; University of Oxford. Co-founder, Carnegie, Wylie & Company, 2000; acquired by Lazard in 2007. Investment banking experience in London, New York, Melbourne, since 1985. Chairman of Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust (chaired MCG Redevelopment Committee for 2006 Commonwealth Games) and Victorian Olympic Council’s Finance Committee. Member, Business Advisory Council, Said Business School, University of Oxford; Board, University of Queensland Endowment Fund; Finance Committee, Melbourne Grammar School. Served as a Trustee since 2010, and as Emeritus Trustee since 2019.
The Rhodes Scholarships were established under the will of Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902)
The terms of the will and its codicils were subsequently changed on four separate occasions: the Rhodes Estate Act of of 1916 (formally abolishing the German Scholarships during World War I), the Rhodes Trust Act of 1929 (which granted greater discretionary powers to the Trustees), the Rhodes Trust Act of 1946 (which formalised the incorporation of the Trustees), and the Rhodes Trust (Modification) Order of 1976 (which, at the initiative of the Trustees, opened the Scholarships to women for the first time).
Review the Annual Reports for the Rhodes Trust for the past five years below: