Karin von Hippel

Dr Karin von Hippel

Director-General: Royal United Services Institute

MSt History (1987)

Dr Karin von Hippel is the Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI): the first woman, first non-Briton, and only the second civilian to hold the position.

Prior to her appointment at RUSI, she has variously served as Chief of Staff to General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter-ISIL, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and Senior Adviser in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the US Department of State. 

Karin took her first degree from Yale, and studied for an MSt in History at St Peter’s in 1987/8. Her PhD was awarded by the London School of Economics.