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Worldwide Week at Harvard | Contemporary Europe Study Group

A Conversation with Douglas Alexander – Are We Destined to a Decade of Populism?


October 24, 2018
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
October 24, 2018
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

As the UK’s Minister for Europe, and currently as a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, Alexander offers a depth of experience and understanding of the changing political landscapes in Europe and the USA; the growth of populism, the rise of Trump and the impact of Brexit. Alexander also serves as a Senior Advisor to EY, Pinsent Masons, and the Rise Fund; a new $2bn global impact fund, and to U2 Frontman Bono; advising on investment and development in Africa. With a unique perspective on the global economy, Alexander provides audiences with explanations and actionable ideas on key issues impacting business and our world today.

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Douglas Alexander offers a depth of experience and understanding of the changing political landscapes in Europe and the United States. In this presentation, he will share his thoughts on the growth of populism, the rise of Trump, the impact of Brexit and democratic politics. With a unique perspective on the global economy, Alexander will discuss key issues impacting business and our world today and present actionable ideas for solutions.

The Right Honorable Douglas Alexander is a British Labour Party politician, who served in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom under Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Alexander held numerous senior U.K. Ministerial positions (2001-10), including as Minister for Europe, Secretary of State for International Development and the U.K.'s Governor of the World Bank. He subsequently served in Labour leader Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1997 to 2015, representing Scottish constituencies. In November 2015, Douglas was appointed senior advisor to singer-songwriter Bono. In this capacity, he has been advising Bono on how best to secure investment to tackle global poverty, particularly in Africa. Alexander also serves as a senior advisor to EY, Pinsent Masons, and the Rise Fund, a new global impact fund.

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