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Expert Panel

Our panel of experts is drawn from across the disciplines and professional industries to shed light on one or more aspects of decision-making in line with CGL's objectives.


Dr Diana Beech

Diana Beech is a Research Associate at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge.  Her doctoral research at Cambridge focused on the doctrinal confrontation between the church and state in Nazi Germany. After her Ph.D. she was a Commonwealth Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia, Canada before becoming a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Technical University of Berlin.  At the Faraday Institute Diana is examining European science policy from the perspective of values implicit in the new science framework Horizon 2020.  She is interested in the role of values in public decision-making in the context of policy formation.


Dr Alan Blackwell

Alan Blackwell is Reader in Interdisciplinary Design at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, a Fellow of Darwin College and Director of Crucible, a network for research in interdisciplinary design.  He holds qualifications in professional engineering, computing and experimental psychology and works regularly with social scientists and policy researchers, as well as on the design of next generation digital technologies.  He has over 15 years’ experience of designing industrial systems, electronic and software products and has taught and supervised students in Computing, Architecture, Psychology, Languages, Music and Engineering.  He constructs and applies models of human behaviour when interacting with technology and is interested in optimising design at the interface to enhance decision-making.


Professor Christopher Forsyth

Christopher Forsyth is Professor of Public Law and Private International Law at the University of Cambridge and chairs the Management Committee of the Centre of African Studies at Cambridge.  He is also a Bencher of the Inner Temple and regularly sits as a judge.  He is the author of over 100 publications including ten books on different aspects of public law and private international law.  His Administrative Law  is recognised as the definitive textbook on the subject throughout the common law world, contributing substantially over a distinguished career to our understanding of reasonable and lawful decision-making.


Professor Eddie Halpin

Eddie Halpin is Chair of the Geneva-based organisation HURIDOCS (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems), Professor for Peace Education at Leeds Metropolitan University and Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Information and Technology in Peace, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights.  He has worked as an expert for the European Parliament Scientific and Technical Options (STOA) Unit, the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN), the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, and has undertaken research funded by many organisations including the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.  He has a background in politics, community development and social informatics and is interested in the impact emerging technologies on decision-making and governance.


Professor Garton Kamchedzera

Garton Kamchedzera is Associate Professor of Law and former Dean of Law at Chancellor College, University of Malawi and a legal practitioner.  With a doctorate on the rights of the child from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in human rights from the University of Warwick, he has worked for UNICEF and served as an advisor to many international and bilateral organisations and development agencies.  He has been instrumental in promoting the adoption of a rights-based approach to development and the application of certain aspects of the private law of trusts to public law, which is of particular relevance to decision-making on the part of those with fiduciary duties.


Matthew King

Matthew King is a consultant in operational risk, compliance and internal audit.  After reading law at Durham, he worked for Slaughter and May in London and Hong Kong as a solicitor before joining HSBC, working in Hong Kong, Australia and USA before returning to London as Head of Group Compliance.  He became a Group General Manager in 2002 and held positions as Head of Group Audit and Head of Group Operational Risk before retiring in 2013.  He co-founded a charity dedicated to improving governance in Africa and brings to Cambridge Governance Labs extensive expertise in the financial services sector.


Oba Nsugbe QC, SAN

Oba Nsugbe is  Head of Pump Court Chambers and also sits as a Crown Court Recorder. He has a broad international practice with a particular interest in Africa. Oba provides high-level advice and representation for individuals, corporate clients and other organisations, including NGOs. Examples of ongoing litigation in which he is involved include the record settlement for damages awarded to a community in Africa arising from oil spills in the Shell – Bodo Community case; acting for families of victims for families in the landmark fatal accident and product liability claim presently brought against Dana Airlines in  the Federal High Court in Lagos, and acting for a UK Charity in a constitutional challenge to the Same Sex Prohibition Act in the Courts in Nigeria. 

In addition, he is a Visiting Professor of Law at City University,  acts as a Legal Assessor for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and is the former Chair of the British Nigeria Law Forum (BNLF).  In addition to being awarded the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, his overseas appointments have included being a member of the Body of Benchers in Nigeria, Chair of the G50 business group (“investing in Nigeria”) and a Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative.  Oba brings extensive experience of legal process at the interface between development and the rule of law.


Dr Simone Schnall

Simone Schnall is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, and Director of the Cambridge Embodied Cognition and Emotion Laboratory. Her research focuses on the role that emotions and feelings - including physical sensations - play in our judgements and decisions. In particular she is interested in how people make decisions and how they arrive at moral judgements. Simone currently serves as Associate Editor for Social Psychological and Personality Science and Consulting Editor for Perspectives on Psychological Science. Her research findings have been reported in the New York Times, Economist, New Scientist, Times Higher Education and many international news media.


Major General (Retd) Andrew Sharpe, CBE

Andrew Sharpe is an accomplished strategist, operational artist, military educationalist, scholar and lecturer with 34 years of military service and nine operational tours.  He has coordinated two independent think tanks as Director of the UK MoD’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre and as a member of the UK Chief of Defence Staff’s Strategic Advisory Panel.  He is pursuing a doctorate at Trinity College Cambridge, is a Senior Research Officer with CamSAI (the Cambridge Security Analysis Institute) and lectures at the Strategy and Security Institute, University of Exeter, at King’s College London and at several military Staff Colleges.  He brings an extensive knowledge of the theory and practice of military decision-making to Cambridge Governance Labs.


Dr Sharath Srinivasan

Sharath Srinivasan is the David and Elaine Potter Lecturer in Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge, the founding Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights, and a Fellow of King’s College. He has led programmes for a leading international relief agency in Sudan, and has advised a range of international organisations and government agencies on conflict prevention, peacebuilding and political development. He majored in human rights and public international law at the University of New South Wales and read for his MPhil and DPhil in Development Studies at Oxford University, where he was a Chevening, Clarendon and ORISHA scholar.



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