Prof Stephen Chan OBE is Professor of World Politics at SOAS where he was also Foundation Dean of Law and Social Sciences. He has recently also been the George Soros Chair of Public Policy at the Central European University, and Konrad Adenauer Foundation Chair of Academic Excellence at Bir Zeit University. He won the 2010 International Studies Association prize, 'Eminent Scholar in Global Development’. A former international civil servant, still involved on a pro bono basis in African and Middle Eastern diplomacy, he helped pioneer modern election observation at the 1980 Zimbabwe independence elections. He chairs the Kwok Meil Wah Foundation, a philanthropic group and, as a recognised martial arts master, teaches on a pro bono basis in several African locations. He has published 35 scholarly books, five volumes of poetry – with his work continuing to be anthologised, and three novels.