Trustees, Governance & Financial Statements
Meet our Trustees and read their online biographies as well as learning more about the governance and finances of the Rhodes Trust.
Professor Sir John Bell GBE (Alberta & Magdalen 1975)
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.
Professor Dapo Akande
Professor of Public International Law, Blavatnik School of Government
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.
Mr Andrew Banks (Florida & St Edmund Hall 1976)
Co-Founder, ABRY Partners
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.
Mr Doug Beck (California & New College 1992)
Vice President, of Apple, Inc
Vice President, of Apple, Inc, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Leads Apple’s worldwide businesses in education, health, and public sector. Education: B.A from Yale, M,Phil, International Relations from Oxford, member of New College. Led Apple’s businesses in the Americas and Northeast Asia from 2014-2019, Previously, led Apple Northeast Asia from 2010 to 2014, while resident in Tokyo. Former SVP and Chief Strategy Officer of Charles Schwab (2005-2009). Former partner at McKinsey & Company in the US, China, and Southeast Asia (1994-2005). US Navy Reserve Captain, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran. Member of the US Secretary of State’s nonpartisan Foreign Affairs Policy Board, Executive Advisor to US Chief of Naval Operations and Special Operations community leadership. Member of the Board of Directors of the Center for a New American Security, Board of Advisors of Yale’s Jackson Institute on Global Affairs and Council on Foreign Relations. Served since 2020.
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.
Professor Charlotte Deane
Professor of Structural Bioinformatics, University of Oxford
Charlotte is Professor of Structural Bioinformatics - Department of Statistics, University of Oxford and Fellow, St Anne’s College, Oxford and Chief Scientist of Biologics AI – Exscientia. She is also the
Co-director and founder of the Systems Approaches to Biomedical Research Centre for Doctoral Training and leads the Oxford Protein Informatics Group. She served on SAGE, the UK Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and acted as UK Research and Innovation’s COVID-19 Response Director. She has held numerous senior roles at the University of Oxford including Head of the Department of Statistics and was previously the Deputy Executive Chair of the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Mr Mike Fitzpatrick AO (Western Australia & St John's 1975)
Chairman of Pacific Current Group
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.
Dame Helen Ghosh DCB
Master of Balliol
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 Glen James
Retired law partner of Slaughter and May
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.
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.
Mr Christopher G Oechsli
President and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies
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.
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.
Mr Bob Sternfels (California & Worcester 1992)
Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company
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.
Mr Fred Swaniker
Founder & CEO, African Leadership Group
Fred Swaniker is on a mission to bring better leadership to Africa and the world. He leads the
African Leadership Group - an ecosystem of organizations that aims to catalyse a new era of
ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders for Africa. Over the past 15 years, he has founded and led
African Leadership Academy, African Leadership University, African Leadership Network and The Room — a community of global leaders committed to unlocking opportunities for undiscovered
talent, starting in Africa. Collectively, these endeavours aim to transform Africa by developing 3
million African leaders by 2035.
Fred previously worked as a McKinsey consultant before earning an MBA from Stanford and
becoming an entrepreneur. He has been recognized as one of the top 15 emerging social entrepreneurs in the world by Echoing Green; as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; as a TED Fellow, and as an Aspen Institute Fellow. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Macalester College, Middlebury College and Nelson Mandela University. He sits on the boards of the Rhodes Trust and the Graca Machel Trust, and is a member of the International
Advisory Board of Waterloo University (Canada) and the Creating Shared Value Council at Nestle.
In 2019, Fred was recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the
Sir John Hood KNZM (New Zealand & Worcester 1976)
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.
Mr Dominic Barton (British Columbia & Brasenose 1984)
Chancellor, University of Waterloo
Canadian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. 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, AC (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.
Mr Nicholas Oppenheimer
Chairman of Oppenheimer Memorial Trust
Chairman of Oppenheimer Memorial Trust. Director of Anglo American plc and Chairman of De Beers S.A. until 2012. Education: Harrow School & Christ Church, Oxford. Doctorate in Technology, honoris causa, from Technikon Witwatersrand in South Africa (2003), Presidential Order of Honor from Botswana (2004) and Honorary Fellowship from the London Business School (2009). Served since 2015.
Professor Ngaire Woods CBE (New Zealand & Balliol 1987)
Professor of International Political Economy, University of Oxford
Professor of Global Economic Governance, University of Oxford. Founder and Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme and co-founder (with Robert O. Keohane) of the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship programme. Inaugural Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Member of the International Advisory Panel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, on the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. She is co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Values, Technology and Governance. She serves on the Advisory Group of the Center for Global Development (Washington DC). Education: University of Auckland, Balliol College, Oxford. Served since November 2009.
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: