Emran Mian to become Director of the SMF in August

The Social Market Foundation has appointed Emran Mian to take over as Director when Ian Mulheirn leaves the think tank in August.

Mian, currently the Director at the Cabinet Office responsible for working with Government’s network of Non Executives, has a decade of experience at the top of Government, previously leading on the Browne Review of Higher Education Funding and developing growth strategy at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.  He has also published two books – a novel and a non-fiction book – and is a Trustee of the Action for Children and Ambitious about Autism charities.

Commenting on Emran Mian’s appointment, Mary Ann Sieghart, Chair of the Social Market Foundation said:

We are delighted that Emran Mian will be joining the SMF at a crucial time for public policy in the UK. As all parties grapple with how to remodel Government to achieve more with less, Emran’s experience and insights gained at a senior level in Whitehall will prove invaluable in shaping the SMF’s interventions and leading national debate.

His penetrating intellect and non-partisan approach will enable him to build on Ian Mulheirn’s excellent work in cementing the SMF’s reputation for rigorous, bold and non-partisan policy proposals.

Emran Mian said:

With less than two years to go before a general election, the policy debate is about to heat up. As an independent and impartial think tank, the SMF has an absolutely vital role to play in influencing debate and policy on the big choices facing the UK.

The SMF has a great team and a growing reputation for incisive research and high-profile events. I’m thrilled to be bringing together my ten years of experience in government and as many years of writing to lead the organisation through the exciting time ahead.

Emran Mian will take up the post of Director in August 2013, when the SMF’s current Director Ian Mulheirn will leave the think tank to start a new job heading up part of the micoreconomics work at Oxford Economics.

Notes to Editors

  • Emran Mian joined the civil service after completing a PhD in law in 2002. He has led strategic policy reviews on criminal justice; citizenship, higher education funding and growth.
  • Emran Mian’s books Send in the Idiots and The Banker’s Daughter are published by Bloomsbury and Harvill Secker respectively. The Banker’s Daughter will be published in paperback this August.
  • Ian Mulheirn has led the SMF since 2008 where he has published research on welfare reform, macroeconomics and public service reform. Under Ian’s leadership the think tank was named UK Think Tank of the Year and Economic and Financial Think Tank of the Year by Prospect Magazine.
  • The SMF develops innovative ideas across a broad range of economic and social policy, champions policy ideas which marry markets with social justice and takes a pro-market rather than free-market approach.



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