of The Oxford Martin School


Professor Sir Charles Godfray was appointed Director of the Oxford Martin School on 1 February 2018.

Professor Godfray is a population biologist with broad interests in the environmental sciences and has published in fundamental and applied areas of ecology, evolution and epidemiology. He is interested in how the global food system will need to change and adapt to the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, and in particular in the concept of sustainable intensification, and the relationship between food production, ecosystem services and biodiversity. In 2017 he was knighted for services to scientific research and for scientific advice to government.

As well as leading the School, Professor Godfray is also a lead researcher of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food and the Oxford Martin Restatements project, a new approach to providing succinct summaries of scientific evidence around highly contentious topics.

Management Committee

The Oxford Martin School’s Management Committee has executive responsibility for managing the overall strategy of the School, including oversight of the School’s research funding and academic accountability of its research programmes. The current members are listed below.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council of the Oxford Martin School has been convened to ensure international focus and experience from a broad range of sectors is brought to bear on the School's strategy and research agenda. The Council provides valuable advice and ongoing support to the School, especially through the annual meeting in Oxford and other visits or events throughout the year.


  • Victor Chu, Chairman, First Eastern Investment Group
  • Vittorio Colao, Italy's Minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition
  • Shenggen Fan, Chair Professor, China Agricultural University
  • Orit Gadiesh, Chairman, Bain & Co
  • Ben Goldsmith, Chief Executive Officer, Menhaden Capital, and Founding Partner, WHEB Group
  • Mo Ibrahim, Founder, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • Pascal Lamy, Former Director-General, World Trade Organization
  • Amory Lovins, Co-founder, Chairman Emeritus & Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Trevor Manuel, Former Minister, Republic of South Africa
  • Lillian Martin, Oxford Martin School
  • Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Former Director-General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Nandan Nilekani, Former Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India; former CEO, Infosys
  • Joseph Nye, Professor & former Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization
  • Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; former Executive Director, UNAIDS
  • Martin Rees (Lord Rees of Ludlow), former President of the Royal Society, and Emeritus Fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge
  • Irene Tracey, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford, and Chair of the Advisory Council
  • Mark Shuttleworth, IT entrepreneur and Founder of the Ubuntu Project
  • Sir Martin Sorrell, Former Chief Executive, WPP
  • HRH Prince Talal Bin Muhammad, Prince of Jordan
  • Andrew Pitt, Global Head of Research at Citi
  • Ernesto Zedillo, Director, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; former President of Mexico


  • Charles Godfray, Director, Oxford Martin School
  • Sarah Whatmore, Head of Social Sciences Division, University of Oxford, and Chair of the Management Committee for the Oxford Martin School