Lucy Allais is a professor of Philosophy and Director of the Wits Centre for Ethics. She did her undergraduate degree at Wits, and has a Masters Degree and PhD (2001) from Oxford university, where she studied with a Rhodes Scholarship. In addition to working in the History of Philosophy (in which she is widely published and recognised), she has worked on a range of topics in ethics and applied ethics, including forgiveness, punishment, retributive and restorative justice, the ethics of giving to beggars, and issues in HIV and bioethics. She is on the editorial board of three international philosophy journals. Since 2008 she has held a joint appointment between Wits and Sussex Universities. In the last few years, places she has been invited to talk about her work include Princeton, Berlin, Florence, Amsterdam, Illinois, Dublin, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Miami, Stockholm, Tokyo, London, Oxford, Cambridge, China, Turku (Finland), Hawaii, and Reykjavik.