Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown
Previously, Brown served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 to 2007, making him the longest-serving Chancellor in modern history. His time as Chancellor was marked by major reform of Britain’s monetary and fiscal policy and sustained investment in health, education and overseas aid.
His time in government shaped his views on the importance of education as a fundamental right of every child in the world, and an engine of future global economic growth. Since the start of 2011, Brown has co-led the Global Campaign for Education’s High-Level Panel, and he is a passionate advocate for global action to ensure education for all.
Brown, who has been a Member of Parliament since 1983, has a PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh, and spent his early career working as a lecturer. Since leaving government, Brown has advised the World Economic Forum, chairing its Global Issues Group. He has also served as New York University’s inaugural Distinguished Global Leader in Residence, a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Board Member of the World Wide Web Foundation.
He is the author of several books, most recently Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalisation. He is the founder, with his wife, of PiggyBankKids, a charity that focuses on preventing difficulties in pregnancy and giving premature babies a healthy start in life. He is married to Sarah Brown, a charity campaigner, and the couple has two young sons.