Meet the Faith Centre Team


LSE Chaplain


Chaplain and Senior Lecturer in Practice

Revd Canon Dr James Walters


Jim directs the work of the LSE Faith Centre and oversees its interfaith and religious literacy programmes. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Practice at the LSE Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and a Senior Fellow of the LSE Institute of Public Affairs. Within the wider Church of England, Jim advises on the national direction of church schools and is an honorary canon of Chichester Cathedral. Jim is a regular contributor on the interface of theology, philosophy, and politics. In 2012 he published his theological engagement with the work of the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard and has more recently published on the theology of money.

As chaplain to the whole School, Jim is available to speak confidentially to any student or member of staff regardless of religious affiliation.

Contact: 020 7955 7965

Angharad Thain

Programmes Manager

Angharad Thain


Angharad works with the Chaplain to manage the LSE Faith Centre programmes including interfaith activities, dialogues and public events. She read History at Cambridge University and holds an Mphil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies, focusing on women in leadership in third party politics in the UK. She is passionate about the role of faith in transforming conflict and exploring how we can disagree well. Her wider interests include feminism, disarmament, identity and narrative.

Contact: 020 7955 7234

Esther Kershley

Research Officer for Religion and the Public Sphere 

Esther Kersley


Esther is the Research Officer for Religion and the Public Sphere. Prior to working at the LSE, Esther worked as a Research Officer at peace and security think tank Oxford Research Group. She has also worked for the NGO Transparency International and counter terrorism think tank Quilliam. Esther has an MSc in Conflict Studies from the LSE and a BA in Politics from SOAS.

Contact: 020 7955 7982

Farhia Abukar

Interfaith Development Officer

Farhia Abukar


Farhia works on promoting interfaith relations on campus, liaising with student faith societies and mapping intersectional issues within the student body in relation to faith and belief. She holds an MSc in International Development and BA in Political Economy from the University of Birmingham, focussing on post-conflict reconstruction in East Africa and multicultural narratives. Her interests include economic development and aid, international political economy and Islamic finance.

Contact: 020 7955 3633


Associate Chaplains

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Muslim Chaplain                                    

Shaykh Sulayman Van Ael

Shaykh Sulayman studied theology, Islamic Law and spiritual care in Jordan and Rotterdam. He taught at the University of Rotterdam as a host professor, and was a teacher at the Erasmus High School in Brussels where he was appointed head of the Islam teachers of Belgium by the Muslim executive. He is a motivational speaker and spiritual leader committed to building bridges between communities. His personal website is:


Rabbi Gavin Broder

Jewish Chaplain

Rabbi Gavin Broder

Gavin (nicknamed Rav Gav by popular student demand!) can be found giving regular lunch and learn sessions at the centre and on campus. He is available for one-on-one chats, learning, welfare support, or to just grab a coffee, orange juice or pint! (Often providing snacks.) He represents Jewish causes within universities and is there for students of all backgrounds and affiliations. Rav Gav works with the Jewish Society and UJS helping to support and run student events. 

Contact: 020 7388 1976 

Archpriest Alexander Fostiropoulos

Orthodox Chaplain

Fr. Alexander Fostiropoulos

Alexander is our Orthodox chaplain. He is a priest of the Deanery of Great Britain and Ireland, of the Archdiocese of Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe, within the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. He came to England in 1971 and trained as an architect in London. He was ordained by the late Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh in 1985, and has been at King's ever since. He is also a Chaplain to the LSE.

Contact: 020 7722 1663

Father Stephen Wang

Catholic Chaplain

Fr Stephen Wang

Fr Stephen is a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster. As Senior Chaplain he coordinates the work of Catholic university chaplaincy around the Diocese. He has worked in parish ministry and as Academic Dean and Lecturer in Philosophy at Allen Hall Seminary.

Contact: 020 7387 6370

Advisory Board

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Chair of the Advisory Board

Professor Kevin Featherstone

Kevin Featherstone is Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics at LSE. He is Head of the European Institute and Co-Chair of LSEE - Research on South-East Europe within the European Institute.

Ruhana Ali

Ruhana Ali

Ruhana Ali is the CEO of Nasiha Consulting ltd. She has previously worked as a Community Organiser with London Citizens and Academic Researcher for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. She holds an undergraduate degree in Social Policy, Criminal Justice & Psychology from LSE, where she served as Education and Welfare Officer after graduating.

David Beecken

David Beecken

David is the founder and Managing Director of Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company Healthcare Private Equity. Prior to this he was an investment banker specializing in the healthcare industry. Dave serves or has served on the board of directors of many organisations including Dentsply Sirona Inc. (Nasdaq "XRAY") and numerous BPOC portfolio companies. He holds degrees from the University of the South, an M.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an M.S. degree in economics from the London School of Economics.

Adrian Cohen

Adrian Cohen

Adrian Cohen is a partner in the finance practice of international law firm Clifford Chance LLP. In 2006 he helped to establish the London Jewish Forum, which he chairs, to engage with the Mayoralty of London. Adrian has first & second Law degrees from the LSE & QMUL and taught Commercial Law at LSE for two years.

Katie Harrison

Katie Harrison

Katie Harrison is Director of the ComRes Faith Research Centre – the first commercial centre of expertise in this country set up to help improve the quality of knowledge about religion and belief by providing robust and impartial evidence of current religious identity, belief, practice and behaviour. Katie has a long track record of leading communications  and external  relations  in  international  development  and  local  government,  and  of  working  on  faith-specific projects, and is also an Honorary Fellow of the Cadbury Centre at the University of Birmingham.

Rishi Madlani

Rishi Madlani

Rishi Madlani is the Director of Sustainable Energy at RBS. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from LSE and was elected General Secretary of the Students’ Union in 2005. He currently serves on the Court of Governors at LSE, and as a Councillor in the London Borough of Camden, representing Bloomsbury Ward.

David Powell

David Powell

David Powell is the chief euro-area economist at Bloomberg Intelligence. He holds a master’s degree from LSE and is the author of “The Trader's Guide to the Euro Area: Economic Indicators, the ECB and the Euro Crisis”, which was published by Wiley. He is also the Vice-Chair of the LSE London Alumni Group.