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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,...
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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What Works 2022

Matthew Bishop will be a featured speaker at the 2022 What Works global summit to discuss pathways to creating a sustainable and inclusive society.

Sorenson Impact Center
Leading Author, Social Impact Innovator Matthew Bishop Joins Sorenson Impact

Matthew Bishop joins the Sorenson Impact Center as a Senior Fellow at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, where he will give his expertise to initiatives including research and serving as a chair for a global impact leadership network.

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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

Board Positions

Catalyst 2030 Awards
Co-Chair of the Awards Committee
The Catalyst 2030 Awards recognizes community leaders who are committed to and support Sustainable Development Goals while also seeking to inspire collaboration across sectors to reach these objectives.

Previous Advisory Roles

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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.

Philanthropy

Driving Change
Editorial Consultant
New York, NY, USA
Driving Change seeks to inspire a return to creating a change for good in the world through acts of service and giving back to surrounding communities.
#GivingTuesday
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.

Media

Driving Change Podcast
Host
As part of the Driving Change Podcast, Matthew Bishop interviews public policy leaders about their activities and how their work impacts the greater global community.
Newswire.fm
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.

Interviews

Understanding American Health + Wealth
Sep 2020
Matthew Bishop and other expert thought leaders discuss the key issues facing people regarding their health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic, climate crises and political tensions.
AVPN Fireside Chat Series | Matthew Bishop Reflects on Philanthrocapitalism
Jun 2020
In this interview, Matthew Bishop discusses his book, 'Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World,' and how the philanthrocapitalism movement has evolved.

Publications

Rebuilding Trust: What It Will Take
Publication Editor & Author
2021
Matthew Bishop edited and curated this publication for Edelman Trust Institute, which also includes one of his own articles titled "Rebuilding Trust: What It Will Take," in which he examines how the pandemic changed the way people trusted one another and how people can work to rebuild relationships and trust in a post-pandemic 2022.
Driving Change: Matthew Bishop's Latest Articles
Author
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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.

Academic Appointments

London School of Economics
Visiting Fellow, The Marshall Institute
Apr 2022 - Present
London, UK
The London School of Economics is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. Its research and teaching include the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance.
Sorenson Impact Center
Senior Fellow
Jan 2022 - Present
The Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business brings together the world's leading mind in impact to realize shared visions of humanity's future.

Speaking Engagements

Catalysing Change Week
Moderator
May 2022
Matthew served as a moderator for "Becoming Net Positive: in conversation with Paul Polman" as part of the 2022 Catalysing Change Week virtual event.
2020 17 Rooms Global Flagship Meeting
Moderator
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".
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Matthew Bishop’s Education

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