Matthew Bishop is the former Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Italy, where he built and led a global institute focused on assembling global leaders to work toward solving some of the world's biggest challenges. Prior to Rockefeller, he was an award-winning writer and editor at The Economist for over 25 years, including a decade as the magazine's New York Bureau Chief.
Whether on stage at the World Economic Forum or at a leading global conference, Matthew is a highly sought-after thought leader and speaker on trends and innovations shaping global business and politics. He is a leading expert on how to reform capitalism to better serve all members of society and was on the G8 Taskforce on Impact Investing. Matthew is best-known for his work on "philanthrocapitalism", a word he coined in The Economist to describe how businesses and philanthropists can make a significant difference in the world.
Matthew is the co-author (along with Michael Green) of ‘Economics A to Z’ and ‘Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World and The Road from Ruin: A New Capitalism for a Big Society’. He co-founded the Social Progress Index, an influential index of how well a society serves its citizens, and the #GivingTuesday movement, which uses social media to celebrate giving and drive more effective charity. He also co-founded 17 Rooms, an initiative created to work toward meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
He has made frequent appearances on NPR, BBC, and PBS and other media outlets. He has also interviewed many well-known leaders, including Elon Musk, Bill and Melinda Gates, Muhammad Yunus, Arianna Huffington, George Soros, Warren Buffett, Bill Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, Bono and Angelina Jolie.
Matthew holds a BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and was a faculty member at London Business School. He was also honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.