The Programme Director will be Tom Simpson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, and Senior Research Fellow,Wadham College, University of Oxford. He works particularly on trust, and issues at the intersection of technology and security. Between degrees he was an officer with the Royal Marines Commandos for five years, serving in Northern Ireland; Baghdad, Iraq; and Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Dapo Akande is co-director of the programme and Professor of Public International Law at the Blavatnik School, Fellow at Exeter College, and co-director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict. He has acted as a consultant, counsel, expert and advisor on international law issues to governments, United Nations bodies, the African Union Commission, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, national courts (including the UK Supreme Court), and others.