Dr Eva Thorne

Eva Thorne

Director of University Partnerships


Eva is the director of university partnerships.  In this role, she is responsible for developing the Institute engages with universities to strengthen and advance both project and policy work.

Prior to this, Eva directed policy and innovations for the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. In this role, she is responsible for leading a team that focuses on politically actionable research on Africa and the 4th industrial revolution, digitalisation strategies for inclusive economic growth, and innovative partnerships. Eva was Director of Policy and Research for Tony Blair Associates –Government Advisory (“TBA – GA”) .

Prior to joining TBA – GA, Eva served as a strategic advisor to Liberia’s National Oil Company (NOCAL), working through the Africa Governance Initiative.  While in Liberia, she worked with the centre of government (President, senior government ministers, and Chair, Board and CEO of NOCAL) on reform of the petroleum sector including: working on the country’s new petroleum legal framework; liaising with international development partners around technical assistance to the sector; national and international stakeholder consultations; and reforming NOCAL. 

Eva has worked with: African parliamentarians (through Revenue Watch Institute) on getting a better deal and revenue management; Malaysia’s Petronas, and; other African governments on issues of natural resource governance. Eva has also worked with other public sector institutions and NGOs in Asia and Latin America on governance and indigenous land rights issues.  

She has advised corporate clients on issues such as political risk and market entry, joint ventures and stakeholder consultations.  And she has worked on the ground with civil society groups in developing countries on social and environmental issues.

Eva has written for both academic and business publications on environmental reform, indigenous land rights, and political risk. She taught at Brandeis University, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Tufts University, all in the US.  Eva holds  a doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts.