Tim Lankester

Sir Tim Lankester, KCB (born 15 April 1942)[1] was President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, England[2]

Lankester was educated at Monkton Combe School.

After Voluntary Service Overseas in British Honduras (1960–61), he went up to St John's College, Cambridge (BA Economics, MA, Honorary Fellow), before completing an MA at Yale University.

He worked for the World Bank, first in Washington, D.C., then in New Delhi (1970–73). From 1973 until 1995, he worked in the British Civil Service. He was Permanent Secretary at the Overseas Development Administration from 1989 until 1994. He left the British Civil Service after a brief spell in the Department for Education.

Lankester sits on the board of the Aga Khan Foundation and the MBI Al Jaber Foundation [3] in the United Kingdom.

He was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in 1994.

He was Director and Principal of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London from 1996 until 2000 [4] and made an Honorary Fellow in 2002.[5]

He became President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 2001 and retired in 2009.[1]

Lankaster is Chairman of the Council of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine[6] and a member of the joint advisory board of the Georgetown University School of Foreign in Qatar.[7]

Lankester is the Chair of the Wells Maltings Trust, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk.[8]


  • Lankester, T. (2013). The politics and economics of Britain's foreign aid: the Pergau Dam affair. London, Routledge.[9]
  • Lankester, T. (2005). International Aid Experience, prospects and the moral case. Cultura. 2, 131-153.[10]
  • Lankester, T. (2004). 'Asian drama': the pursuit of modernisation in India and Indonesia. Asian Affairs : Journal of the Royal Central Asian Society. 35, 291-304.[11]
  • Lankester, T. (1993). Twenty five years of development: a perspective from the Overseas development administration. Norwich, University of East Anglia. School of Development Studies.[12]

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Preceded by
Keith Thomas
President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Richard Carwardine

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