Current role and distinctions
Pillay currently serves as the Vice-Chancellor & Rector of Liverpool Hope University in the United Kingdom, and is responsible for the organization, direction and management of the University and staff. This year he appeared in the Queens’s Birthday Honours list when he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for ‘services to Higher Education’, accepting the Honor ‘on behalf of the entire Hope community who have been so supportive’.
Statement on society and service
When making his statement to this year’s Global Assembly, he drew a striking parallel between the post WWII society, of which IofC was born, and the post-pandemic society we find ourselves in today: