A British politician, historian and adventurer, Rory Stewart OBE has a deep knowledge of history, a clear-sighted vision for the future of global security, and unparalleled experience of some of the world’s toughest war zones. As such, Rory has led a fascinatingly broad life of public service.
Rory Stewart is also founder and CEO of the non-profit organisation Turquoise Mountain Foundation, and is one of Harvard University’s youngest ever professors. Rory has received a number of awards and honorary degrees, including the Livingstone Gold medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the Royal Society of Literature.
Entering UK politics in 2010 as a Conservative MP, Rory Stewart became a government minister following the party’s winning majority in 2015. After Theresa May replaced David Cameron as Prime Minister following the Brexit vote, Rory was promoted to Minister of State for International Development. In this role, Rory worked closely with nations in South Asia, particularly Bangladesh, Nepal, and Myanmar. A further promotion to the Department for International Development soon followed in which Rory took over responsibility from the Foreign Office for Africa. Rory was the driving force behind a renewed Africa strategy and pushed more resources into the UK’s network there.
After a subsequent year as Minister for Prisons, Rory was promoted to cabinet as the Secretary of State for International Development. The role saw Rory serve as a governor of the World Bank. Rory also committed to double UK’s spending on climate change. Rory resigned his role following Theresa May’s resignation.
Rory Stewart was a dark horse in the subsequent leadership election. He made it through the second parliamentary ballot, surpassing more favoured candidates. After Johnson’s eventual success, Rory resigned from the Conservative party and sat as an independent MP.
In September 2020, Rory Stewart became a fellow at Yale University, where he now teaches politics and international relations.Rory has been described by the New York Times as “living one of the most remarkable lives on record.” Named by Esquire magazine as “one of the 100 most influential people of the 21st century”, Rory Stewart was the first man to walk across Afghanistan after the US-UK invasion and served as Deputy Governor of two Iraqi provinces at the age of 29. An award-winning writer and documentary maker, Rory Stewart has advised the US President and British Prime Minister on their Afghanistan and Middle East policy.
Rory Stewart shares with audiences his deep knowledge of history, a clear-sighted vision for the future of global security, and unparalleled experience of some of the world’s toughest war zones. As such, Rory has led a fascinatingly broad life of public service.
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