Advisory board

Nick Cohen is a columnist for the Observer and New Statesman. He does occasional pieces for many other publications, including the London Evening Standard and New Humanist. Cruel Britannia, a collection of his journalism, was published by Verso in 1999, and Pretty Straight Guys, a history of Britain under Tony Blair, was published by Faber in 2003. What’s Left? the story of how the liberal-Left of the 20th century ended up supporting the far Right of the 21st was published by 4th Estate in February, 2007.

Tarek Heggy is a world expert in natural gas as well as a leading liberal Arab thinker. In 1998 he founded Tana Petroleum Middle East Co. and was previously Chairman of Shell International Petroleum Companies between 1988 and 1996. He has also written prolifically on the causes of modernity, democracy, tolerance, and women's rights in the Middle East, publishing over 20 books in Arabic, English and French. His works include Modern Management in the contemporary Arab Societies (Arabic, 2006), Margins on The Egyptian Mind (Arabic, 2004), and Culture, Civilization & Humanity (English, 2003). He is currently an advisory board member of a number of organisations, including the Institute for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, Washington D.C.

John Lloyd is a contributing editor at the Financial Times, where he has previously worked as labour editor, industrial editor, east Europe editor, Moscow bureau chief, and founding editor of FT Magazine. He has also been editor of Time Out and the New Statesman, and worked as a reporter and producer for LWT London Programme and Weekend World. He is on the editorial board of Prospect magazine and the board of the Moscow School of Political Studies, and has helped to establish the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. His books include Loss without Limit: The British Miners' Strike (1985), Rebirth of a Nation: An Anatomy of Russia (1998), and What the Media Are Doing to Our Politics (2004).

Rt Hon Dr Denis MacShane has been MP for Rotherham since May 1994. He was named a Minister at the Foreign Office by Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2001 and was deputy to the Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw and Minister for Europe from 2002-2005. He was the youngest ever president of the National Union of Journalists in 1978. In the 80s he worked for the international trade union movement, supporting democratic trade union development in Poland, South Africa, Brazil and South Korea. He has written several books, notably a biography of Francois Mitterrand, accounts of Solidarity, the Polish trade union and of the rise of independent black unions in South Africa, and a study of the labour movement and the cold war.

Robin Shepherd is a Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, specialising in Europe. He was previously the Moscow Bureau Chief at the Times, a Senior Transatlantic Fellow for the, German Marshall Fund of the United States, an Adjunct Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies and a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Robin is currently writing a book about European attitudes towards Israel.

Michael Ullman has been a fellow of St Catherine’s College, Oxford, since 2004. He has been involved in more than 40 different entrepreneurial businesses since 1971. Michael was an affiliate professor in entrepreneurship at INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France from 1987-2005. He helped the Entrepreneurship Department develop into one of the most vital and popular departments in the business school. He has an MA from St Catherines College and an MBA from INSEAD.