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Lord Stern of Brentford, President of the British Academy

Lord Stern of Brentford, President of the British Academy

Professor Nicholas Stern (Lord Stern of Brentford) became the 29th President of the British Academy in July 2013, in succession to Sir Adam Roberts. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Academy in 1993.

Lord Stern is a leading British economist and academic. Since 2007 he has been the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, and also Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught and researched at universities around the world including Oxford, Warwick, MIT, the Collège de France and the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, the People's University of China and the Indian Statistical Institute. He was knighted for services to economics in 2004 and made a cross-bench life peer as Baron Stern of Brentford in 2007.  He has been President of the British Academy since 2013 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2014.

He has made a major contribution to the economics of public policy and to development economics. As head of the Government Economic Service, he led the ground-breaking Stern Review on the economics of climate change, published in 2006, which has had great influence around the world. He has been Chief Economist of the EBRD and of the World Bank and has served as adviser to governments, businesses and NGOs in many countries and as Second Permanent Secretary of the UK Treasury. He is Deputy Chair of the Trustees of the British Museum.

As President, Lord Stern joins a roll that includes many major figures in the academic and public life of the UK, including the Earl of Balfour, Sir Isaiah Berlin and Baroness O'Neill. He is the first President from the LSE since Lord Robbins in 1962.