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ONLINE CONFERENCE Understanding How Coronavirus Has Changed Our World: What’s coming next?


Rt Hon Douglas Alexander

Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Rt Hon Douglas Alexander is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, a Visiting Professor at King's College, London, Trustee of the Royal United Services Institute, a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation. He previously served at the highest level of politics in the UK; working as a Cabinet Minister in the Governments of both Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. As the UK's Governor to the World Bank, and the UK’s International Development Secretary, Alexander led over 2,500 staff based in 39 countries with a budget of $10.6 billion. He provided strategic direction to the UK Government's International Trade Policy, leading the UK Delegation at WTO Ministerial-level meetings. He also served as Minister of State for E-Commerce & Competitiveness, Minister of State for Cabinet Office, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, Minister for Europe, and Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Transport. Alexander also currently serves as a Senior Advisor to The Rise Fund, a $4bn global impact fund, Pinsent Masons, EY, and to U2 Frontman Bono advising on investment and development in Africa.  

Councillor Susan Aitken

Leader, Glasgow City Council

Susan Aitken became Leader of Glasgow City Council when the SNP became the largest party on the Council and formed a minority administration in May 2017. She was elected as a councillor for the Langside ward, where she lives, in 2012 and has been leader of the SNP group since 2014, having previously served as the group spokesperson on health and social care.

Before being elected, Susan worked in a variety of policy and research roles in the Scottish Parliament and the third sector, and as a freelance writer and editor specialising in health and social care policy. She grew up in Biggar in South Lanarkshire, moved to Glasgow aged 17 and is a graduate of both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.


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Brenda Smart, Sight Action,
Delegate at Understanding and Delivering Children's Rights Seminar

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