Visiting Professor at St. Mary's University, London
Prof Ian Linden is a visiting professor at St. Mary’s University, London. Previously, he was at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation as a Director of Policy (2010-2013) and a Senior Adviser (2013-2016). He is a the former director of the Social Action Programme, Faiths Act, and an associate professor in the Study of Religion at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London. He has published a number of books on religion in Africa and, recently, two major studies on faith and globalisation, “A New Map of the World and Global Catholicism”. He was, for fifteen years, director of the Catholic Institute for International Relations and was awarded the CMG for work for human rights in 2000. He is a member of the Christian-Muslim Forum of the UK. He worked in interfaith dialogue with Shi’a leaders in Iran, and has acted as a DfID (UK government Department for International Development) consultant on matters of Faith and Development.