Fobzu Patrons

Sir Michael Atiyah FRS

Professor (Honorary), Department of Maths, University of Edinburgh

Professor Michael Atiyah is a British mathematician who has grown up in Sudan and Egypt. He has held professorships at Princeton and Oxford, and became a fellow of Trinity College Cambridge. He has received several awards for his outstanding contribution to mathematics. 

William Dalrymple

Writer and Historian

William Dalrymple is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society. He is also the founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival. In 2006, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters honoris causa from the University of St Andrews “for his services to literature and international relations, to broadcasting and understanding.”

Prof Khalil Hindi

President, Birzeit University

Professor Khalil Hindi is the current President of Birzeit University. He lived in Palestine during his childhood, until he moved to Lebanon to study at the American University of Beirut. He was previously a professor at Brunel University for the Department of Systems Engineering. He also occasionally writes on Arab and Palestinian affairs.

Prof David McLellan

Political Scientist

Professor David McLellan is currently a visiting Professor of Political Theory at Goldsmith’s College, before which he occupied a similar position at the University of Kent, for the Department of Politics and International Relations.

Rev Duncan Macpherson

Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Westminster

Reverend Duncan Macpherson was Trustee and Chair of FOBZU from 1984 to 2004. From 1967 to 2000 he taught in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at St Mary's College, (now St Mary's University, Twickenham) where he became a visiting Senior Research Fellow in 2011. A Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Westminster, he regularly leads pilgrimages to the Holy Land and is active in charities relating to Palestine.  His publications include The Pilgrim Preacher: Palestine, Pilgrimage and Preaching (forward by Naim Ateek, Melisende, 2004 and 2008).

Prof Steven Rose

Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Science, the Open University

Professor Steven Rose is a specialist in Biology and Neurobiology and started his professorship at the Open University. In 2002, he was awarded the Biochemical Society medal for excellence in public communication of science. He is one of the founding members of the British Committee for Universities of Palestine.

The Rt Hon Lord David Steel of Aikwood KT KTBE DL

Former Leader of the Liberal Party

David Steel, former leader of the Liberal Party, is now the Liberal Democrat‘s spokesman for foreign affairs in the House of Lords. He speaks regularly on democracy and human rights in developing countries.

Juliet Stevenson


Juliet Stevenson is widely known and respected for her extensive work on stage. She studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and started her stage career in the early 1980’s with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She won the Best Actress Dagger at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards.