Syed Kamall was appointed Professor of Politics and International Relations in September 2019. From May 2005 to June 2019, he was a Member of the European Parliament for London. In the European Parliament, he was leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists pan-EU political group of MEPs from 19 countries, and worked to promote open trade, tech start-ups and proportionate financial regulation. As the most senior elected British MEP, he acted as an interlocutor between UK and EU negotiators.
Syed is also the Academic and Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, the UK’s leading classical liberal think tank, and regularly writes on political and economic issues. He formerly worked in IT and as a strategy, public affairs and diversity consultant. His previous academic research was in the area of international business, market entry and foreign direct investment (FDI), especialy in transition economies.
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.
In his rare moments of leisure, he spends time with his family and enjoys reading, travelling, cycling and playing cricket. He occasionally plays electric bass and sings in a blues band.
Syed teaches the Global Governance module of the Diplomacy and International Relations MA. He also supervises BSc Business Management, MA Diplomacy and International Relations and PhD dissertations.
Selected academic publications
Clegg, Jeremy & Kamall, Syed & Leung, Mary. (1996). European multinational activity in telecommunications services in the Peoples' Republic of China: Firm strategy and government policy. Management International Review. 36. pp. 111-137 [ABS Ranking 3*, SJR Ranking Q1]
Kamall, S.S.. (1996). Communicating in Multinational Organization. Management Learning. 27. 157-159. [ABS Ranking 3*, SJR Ranking Q1]
Kamall, Syed. (1996). The economics of change in East and Central Europe: Its impact on international business. International Business Review - INT BUS REV. 5. 231-232. [ABS Ranking 3*, SJR Ranking Q1]
Kamall, Syed (1996) Telecommunications Policy (Spicers European Union policy briefings) Cartermill International
Strange, Roger & Kamall, Syed & Tan, Hui. (1997). Operating as a Foreign Company in China: Introduction and Overview. Asia Pacific Business Review. 3. 1-19. [ABS Ranking 2*, SJR Ranking Q2]
Tan, Hui & Strange, Roger & Kamall, Syed. (1998). Operating as a foreign company in China: Introduction and Overview.
van Hoinaru, Raz & Dumitru Stolojan, Theodor & Kamall, Syed & Theurer, Michael & De Cambourg, Patrick & Boutellis-Taft, Olivier. (2017). Accountancy, Accountability and Practice. Accounting, Economics, and Law: A Convivium. 7. 10.1515/ael-2017-0009.