Acting Academic and Research Director
Professor Syed Kamall is currently the Acting Academic and Research Director at the IEA and Professor of International Relations and Politics at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He formerly worked in IT and as a strategy, public affairs and diversity consultant.
From May 2005 to June 2019, he was a Conservative MEP for London. In the European Parliament, he was leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists political group of MEPs from 19 countries, and worked to promote open trade, tech start-ups and better financial regulation. As the most senior elected British MEP, he acted as an interlocutor between UK and EU negotiators.
In London, he regularly met and worked with local community projects tackling poverty and social exclusion. He is currently setting up a microfinance project to offer online loans to entrepreneurs from poorer communities. He is also in discussions to set up a local charities network to help inspire and incubate more local community charities.