Meet the Faith Centre Team


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Chaplain and Professor in Practice

Revd Canon Prof James Walters

Jim is the founding director of the LSE Faith Centre and its Religion and Global Society Research Unit. He leads the team in the centre’s mission to promote religious literacy and interfaith leadership through student programmes and global engagement, along with research into the role of religion in world affairs. He is a Professor in Practice in the Department of International Relations and an affiliated faculty member at the Department for International Development. He has published a number of books including Baudrillard and Theology (2012), Religion and the Public Sphere: New Conversations (2018), A Christian Theology of Chaplaincy (2018), Religious Imaginations and Global Transitions (2018) and Loving Your Neighbour in an Age of Religious Conflict (2019). He was educated at Cambridge University and ordained priest in the Church of England in 2008 within which he is now a canon of Chichester Cathedral.

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


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Centre Manager, Faith Centre & Religion and Global Society Research Unit

Jessica Hazrati 

Jess is Faith Centre & Religion and Global Society Manager; she is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Faith Centre and its people and programmes.

Jess joined us in February 2023 after six years working at a UK based interfaith charity delivering community building projects and events celebrating faith communities in the UK. She has a BA in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics and an Mth in Theology, both from Heythrop College, UoL, and is particularly interested in political theology and how faith engages with social justice. She enjoys hosting spaces where religious diversity can be explored and used to build positive relationships and effect change.




Communications Officer, Faith Centre & Religion and Global Society Research Unit

Flora Rustamova

Flora joined us in August 2022 after five years working in research, communications, and editing. She has a BA in Religious Studies and Anthropology, and an MA in Religion and Global Politics, both from SOAS, and she is particularly interested in religious activism, homonationalism and Islamophobia, and religions in the ex-Soviet world. She is responsible for managing our website, social media, and the RGS blog.

Contact: 020 7955 5445



Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Global Religious Pluralities

Dr Chris Chaplin

Chris is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow working on the Global Religious Pluralities research project at the Religion and Global Society Unit. The project aims to produce new paradigms of thinking and engagement at the intersection of religion and critical global challenges.

Receiving his PhD from the University of Cambridge, Chris’ research straddles between the fields of anthropology and politics. He is particularly focused on exploring the convergence between global Islamic doctrines and local understandings of piety and faith, and how these come to inform civic values, concepts of religious and political belonging, and social activism within Southeast Asia. From a methodological and theoretical standpoint, he is interested in investigating how reflexive approaches to ethnography can provide a transformative space through which to create new dialogues between anthropological practice and religious doctrines.

He has authored a number of articles and op-eds on these topics, and most recently published the book Salafism and the State: Islamic Activism and National Identity in Indonesia (2021).

Prior to joining the LSE, Chris worked for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s Research Analysts Cadre. He has also worked for academic and non-governmental bodies including the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies and Amnesty International.


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Project Manager, Global Religious Pluralities

Cameron Howes

Cameron is the project manager of Global Religious Pluralities – a three year research initiative based in LSE Religion and Global Society that seeks to develop new insights and equip a generation of leaders with the tools to navigate critical global challenges in the sphere of religious pluralism, women’s leadership and climate change. He holds a BSc in Government and History and an MSc in Social Psychology from the LSE specialising in religious cognition and intergroup relations. Cameron takes a particular interest in educative programme design and is passionate about translating academic insights into non-academic settings.

Contact: 020 7955 5179 

 Research Officer, Global Religious Pluralities 

Dr Hanane Benadi

Hanane Benadi is an anthropologist working at the intersection of ethics, politics, religion, and climate change in the MENA region. She is currently the Research Officer on the Global Religious Pluralities Project for the climate change and interfaith relations strand.

Previously, she was an IASH-Alwaleed Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh where she explored the ways the intertwinement of humanitarianism and Islamic moral reasoning in Islamist activism on behalf of political prisoners in Egypt has transformed understandings of pain, suffering, and tribulation among young Islamists and the consequences of these transformations for future Islamist politics. Hanane received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester in 2017.


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Affiliate Consultant, Religion and Global Society

Dr Manmit Bhambra

Manmit is leading on the inaugural research project of the Religion and Global Society Research Unit, Strengthening Religious Cooperation in Global London. The project is exploring the impact of Covid-19 on interfaith relations and the potential of interfaith collaboration in these circumstances.

Educated at the LSE and the University of Oxford, Dr Manmit Bhambra holds an Oxford doctorate in Sociology. Her thesis explored how national identity is understood and experienced in multicultural contexts and the impact of this on minority groups in the United Kingdom. Manmit’s research interests are centred around identity politics and formation, ethnic, religious and national identities as well as the broader themes of race, inclusion and minority rights. She has recently worked on research projects with young people at the LSE’s European Institute and Middle East Centre.

Manmit works actively with youth organisations throughout the U.K. and is interested in issues facing young people today. She is also Lecturer in Global Politics at Imperial College London.



Research Officer, Global Religious Pluralities 

Dr Lindsay Simmonds

Lindsay is a Research Officer as part of the Global Religious Pluralities project; her particular remit is research into Women of Faith and Peacebuilding. She is also a Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS) where she has lectured, written and convened courses for over 20 years, focussing on women in Biblical narrative, the Talmud and Jewish Law.  

Lindsay is involved in several national and international interfaith projects, including co-chair of her local Jewish-Moslem Women’s Network Nisa-Nashim, a trustee for the Abraham Initiatives UK and Jewish Scholar-in-Residence for the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ). She is a member of the Senior Faith Leadership Programme which promotes respectful, deep and long-lasting friendship and collegiality between faith leaders in the Christian, Jewish and Moslem communities in the UK and  speaks regularly on peaceful shared society and conflict negotiation. 

Lindsay studied at Nishmat in Jerusalem, was a Bruria Scholar at Midreshet Lindenbaum, and is a graduate of the LSJS Susi Bradfield Women Educators’ Fellowships. She received her Master’s in Gender Studies and her PhD from the LSE’s Department of Gender. Her doctoral thesis is entitled, ‘Generating Piety: Agency in the Lives of British Orthodox Jewish Women’, which will be published next year. Her academic fields of interest are: gender theory, theories of agency, religious subjects, women of faith, cultural intelligibility and the location of knowledge. 


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Project Officer, Global Religious Pluralities

Kristian Noll

Kristian joined the Faith Centre as the Global Religious Pluralities Project Officer in September 2023. He holds a BA in political science and Norwegian from St Olaf College (Minnesota, USA) and completed his MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation at the LSE in August 2023. Prior to joining the LSE Faith Centre, Kristian worked in the German Bundestag as a participant in the International Parliamentary Stipend Program and as a parliamentary intern in the UK House of Commons. Kristian is interested in the intersection between faith and politics, particularly in relation to environmental and foreign policy.



Associate Chaplains

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



Catholic Chaplain

Fr Philip Miller

Fr Philip grew up in Kent, and then in St Albans, Herts, where he attended Nicholas Breakspear Catholic Secondary School. He studied Natural Sciences (Physics) at Cambridge as an undergraduate, and then for a PhD in radio-astronomy at the Cavendish Laboratory. He attended the Venerable English College, Rome, for his seminary formation, and was ordained in St Albans in September 1999. Since then he has served in parishes and hospital ministry in Westminster diocese, most recently as Parish Priest of St Augustine’s, Hoddesdon.


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Christian Chaplain

Janet Legro

Janet is a Christian pastor and spiritual director who joins us as a visiting Associate Chaplain for the 2023-2024 academic year. She will join Revd Canon Walters in leading the Thursday midday communion service and looks forward to participating in some of the programs of the Faith Centre. Janet is happy to meet with students or staff for conversation, pastoral care, or spiritual direction. Janet is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and has served in parishes, secondary schools, and universities in the United States. Janet received her Master of Divinity from Harvard University and served as Associate Minister in The Memorial Church at Harvard. Some of Janet's other work includes spiritual direction, retreat leadership and wilderness education. Janet's interest include contemplative practices, pilgrimage and interfaith dialogue. Janet and her husband, Jeff, are the parents of two grown daughters.



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Muslim Chaplain

Izabela Hanifah Was

My roles and objectives are to assist staff members and students with their spiritual needs and personal development by encouraging them to make meaningful use of their beliefs and attitudes, in order to cope with life's challenges, placing their well-being first while supporting them on their spiritual path in a society that is frequently secularised and very politicised. In addition, I can help you with private and delicate matters that might keep you from fully utilising the prospects that education has to offer. I work in a multifaith organisation when duties include cooperating and fostering better relationships amongst different beliefs.


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.


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.



John Casson

John Casson recently returned to the UK after four years as British Ambassador in Egypt. He spent two decades as a British diplomat and senior leader in Whitehall. He was David Cameron’s foreign policy lead in No10 from 2010 to 2014. In Egypt he was a high profile public figure, launching innovative initiatives in education, social enterprise and interfaith issues, and building a 1.5 million social media following. John’s career has also seen diplomatic postings in Brussels, Washington and Jordan, research at Cambridge University on African religion and politics, experience as a parliamentary researcher and a volunteer teacher in Kenya. He studied undergraduate History and postgraduate Theology at Cambridge. He is married to Kathryn, and his joys include poems, baseball, mountains and Christian discipleship. John was awarded a CMG in The Queen’s 2014 Birthday Honours.



The Rt Rev. and the Rt Hon. Lord Chartres KCVO

Lord Chartres was the 132nd Bishop of London from 1995 to 2017. He now sits in the House of Lords as a crossbench member and continues to serve as Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal. Lord Chartres is a respected voice on a range of issues including the environment, relations with the Orthodox Churches and interfaith relations, founding and serving as life president to St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.


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.



Professor Grace Davie

Grace Davie is Professor Emeritus in the Sociology of Religion at the University of Exeter. In 2000-01 she was the Kerstin-Hesselgren Professor at Uppsala, where she returned for extended visits in 2006-7, 2010 and 2012.  She has also held visiting appointments at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (1996) and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (1998 and 2003), in Paris, and is a member of the Academia Europaea.  


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.



Sohail Younus Nakhooda

Sohail Younus Nakhooda is Executive Director of Kalam Research & Media, UAE and is Private Secretary of the Ambassador of Libya to the UAE, Dr Aref Ali Nayed. At KRM he is a Co-Leader of the Islamic Analytic Theology project in association with the Sir John Templeton Foundation, coordinating research with leading scholars and academic and research institutions from around the world. An LSE alum, he was LSE Islamic Society President and is founder of the award-winning Islamica Magazine which he started during his time at the School.


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.



Tomiwa Owolade

Tomiwa Owolade is a writer and journalist. He has written for various publications, including the Times, the Sunday Times, the New Statesman and the Evening Standard. He is author of the book This is Not America.




Dr Mukulika Banerjee

Mukulika Banerjee is the inaugural Director of the LSE South Asia Centre and is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at LSE. Mukulika‘s new monograph Cultivating Democracy: Politics and citizenship in agrarian India ( OUP New York) was published in October 2021. Her last book Why India Votes? (Routledge 2014) examined the reasons why despite varying odds, India’s voter graph continues to rise, making India the largest electoral democracy in the world. Mukulika also prepared a BBC Radio 4 documentary on ‘Sacred Elections’ for the Indian national elections in 2009.She also edited Muslim Portraits: Everyday Lives in India (Indiana University Press, 2008), a volume of essays by renowned scholars, which presents 12 portraits of Muslims in contemporary India. A complete list of titles published is available here.