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Author, Journalist and Social Entrepreneur

New York, NY, USA

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Matthew Bishop’s Biography

Matthew Bishop is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. In 2018, with John McArthur, he co-founded “17 Rooms,” a Brookings Institution and Rockefeller initiative to convene global leaders and promote collaboration to accelerate progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He is also a founder and board member of the Social Progress Imperative, which publishes the Social Progress Index, and a co-founder of the #givingtuesday campaign. Previously, Matthew was managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, where he built and led a global institute focused on assembling global leaders to find solutions for some of the world's biggest challenges. This followed a 25-year career as a writer, editor, and conference curator at The Economist.

Matthew’s research focuses on the SDGs and systems change, particularly how the private sector can use its influence and capital to further social progress. His book “Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World” (2008), written with Michael Green, offers a road map toward a new understanding of philanthropy, one in which entrepreneurs and innovators play a critical role in solving the most challenging issues facing the world. Other works include the 2011 book “The Road from Ruin”, also co-authored with Green, which puts forth an agenda to reform capitalism in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and “Economics A to Z,” the official Economist introduction to economics.

Matthew holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and was on the faculty of London Business School. He was also honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

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Social entrepreneurs band together for a seat at the COVID-19 response table

“But this community was very early onto the idea — which I think has become obvious to everyone now — that the systemic, structural shortfalls in society are massive Achilles’ heels,” said Matthew Bishop, who authored a Catalyst 2030 report compiling recommendations from social entrepreneurs on how to emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis.

Matthew Bishop’s Background

Brookings Institution
Nonresident Sr. Fellow | Global Economy and Development
Washington, DC, USA
Brookings experts conduct high-quality, independent research and produce innovative policy solutions for the nation and world. Brookings is ranked as one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks.
The Rockefeller Foundation
Fmr. Managing Director, Bellagio & Fellows Program
Jan 2018 - 2020
New York, NY, USA
The Rockefeller Foundation advances new frontiers of science, data, policy, and innovation to solve global challenges related to health, food, power, and economic mobility.
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Matthew Bishop’s Gallery

Previous Advisory Roles

United Nations International Year of Microcredit logo United Nations International Year of Microcredit logo
United Nations International Year of Microcredit
Advisory Council
New York, NY, USA
The United Nations Economic and Social Council proclaimed the year 2005 as the International Year of Microcredit to call for building inclusive financial sectors and strengthening the powerful, but often untapped, entrepreneurial spirit existing in communities around the world.


Co-founder, advisor
2012 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Entering its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fuelled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Host, Philanthrocapitalism
New York, NY, USA
Launched in 2011, Philanthrocapitalism is a series featuring the generation of leaders who reshape the way we think, live, work, and give. Philanthrocapitalism allows for unique deeper insights into some of the most important trends of our time.


Economics: An A-Z Guide logo Economics: An A-Z Guide logo
Economics: An A-Z Guide
London, UK
Economics: A-Z aims to explain economics and its most important ideas and to demystify the most important economic terms and concepts. It focuses on the economics that affects jobs and prices and trade, that raises voices in boardrooms and bars and among politicians and pundits, in short, the economics that touches and shapes everyday life.
Philanthropy 2.0: The Golden Age
Jan 2021
Seattle, WA, USA
In this article written for the Chandler Foundation, Matthew Bishop reflects on the book he co-authored with Michael Green, Philanthrocapitalism (2008). He discusses the key ideas in the book and also challenges social investors to take their giving to the next level, while also lamenting that the new Golden Age of philanthropy has yet to arrive.
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Awards & Endorsements

World Economic Forum
Young Global Leader
New York, NY, USA
Matthew Bishop was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a community with the vision, courage and influence to drive positive change in the world.

Speaking Engagements

2020 17 Rooms Global Flagship Meeting
Sep 2020
Matthew Bishop, Co-founder of the 17 Rooms Initiative and Brookings Institute fellow, served as a moderator for the talk titled "Responsible Consumption and Production".
Social Value Investing with Howard W. Buffett and Matthew Bishop
Feb 2020
New York, NY, USA
Matthew Bishop joins professor and author Howard W. Buffett to discuss how Social Value Investing presents a new way to approach some of society’s most difficult issues. They will discuss how solutions can be found through new partnerships in the public, private, and philanthropic sectors.The event is sponsored by the Gabelli Center for Global Security at Fordham University.
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Matthew Bishop’s Education

University of Oxford
BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics
1983 - 1986