Former British PM takes on World Economic Forum role

Gordon Brown will advise organisation after accepting offer to chair new policy board
Former British PM takes on World Economic Forum role
Former British PM Gordon Brown. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 23 Apr 2011 10:10 AM

Gordon Brown, the former British Prime Minister, is to advise the World Economic Forum, having accepted an invitation to chair a new policy and initiatives coordination board.

It will be an informal group bringing together heads of international organizations and government representatives to analyse, assess and coordinate the prioritization, development and impact of multistakeholder initiatives within the global system.

“With the challenges the world faces, it is vital that all stakeholders are engaged in solving them. The World Economic Forum is uniquely placed to bring those stakeholders together and support the global agenda,” Brown said.

Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, said: “Gordon Brown will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the World Economic Forum. His counsel will help ensure that the Forum remains rigorous and focused – true to its commitment to improve the state of the world.”

Gordon Brown was the UK’s Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 to 2007.

While PM, Brown played a key role in coordinating the international response to the financial crisis, hosting the April 2009 London Summit under the United Kingdom’s chairing of the G20.

As Chancellor, Gordon Brown delivered an agreement at the Gleneagles Summit in 2005 to support the world’s poorest countries and tackle climate change, and negotiated debt relief for the world’s poorest nations.

Brown's role will not be remunerated, but the World Economic Forum will support the staff he needs to undertake his work with us.

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