Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute and former UK Prime Minister
Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 and 2007, becoming the only Labour leader in the party’s 100-year history to win three consecutive elections. In doing so, he redefined modern, progressive politics. During his time in Downing Street Mr. Blair implemented an agenda of major domestic reform. Through record investment and restructuring, the education and healthcare sectors were transformed. Overall crime was reduced by a third, and the first ever national minimum wage was introduced. There was also transformational progress on human rights and equality. Mr. Blair helped bring peace to Northern Ireland, securing the historic Good Friday Agreement in 1998. As a passionate advocate of an interventionist foreign policy, he took military action in Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr Blair created the Department for International Development, tripled the UK’s foreign aid to Africa and introduced landmark legislation to tackle climate change. Over the last decade he has been focused on addressing critical global challenges, including helping governments across Africa, and working towards peace in the Middle East. In 2017, Mr. Blair’s various areas of work formally came together as one not-for-profit organization; the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. This organization focuses on helping nations deliver effective governance for their people, tackling extremism to promote peaceful co-existence, working to deliver long-term regional peace and security in the Middle East and on developing the policy answers to the challenges posed by the rise of populism and insecurity in the West. Mr. Blair is at the forefront of today’s most challenging debates, such as how technology will impact the workforce, tackling issues of inequality in societies across the globe, and in particular, on Brexit. Mr. Blair’s unparalleled international experience gives him a unique perspective on global events and the political insight to offer solutions to the critical challenges of our time.