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Matthew Bishop

Managing Director

The Rockefeller Foundation

New York, NY, USA

Matthew Bishop


Matthew Bishop joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2018 to lead the Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Italy, and build a new global institute focused on convening people around tackling some of the world's biggest challenges. Previously 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.

Matthew is a sought-after expert and speaker on the big trends and innovations shaping global business and politics, often found on stage at Davos and other leading gatherings. He is best-known for his work on "philanthrocapitalism", a word he coined in The Economist to describe how businesses and philanthropists can make a big positive difference in the world. He is a leading thinker on how to reform capitalism to better serve society, and was on the G8 Taskforce on Impact Investing.

He has interviewed many well-known leaders, from Elon Musk, Bill and Melinda Gates, Muhammad Yunus and Arianna Huffington to George Soros, Warren Buffett, Bill Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, Bono and Angelina Jolie. He is interviewed frequently on NPR, BBC and PBS and other media outlets.

Matthew has several influential books to his name, including Economics A to Z and (both with Michael Green) 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 increasingly influential new measure of how well a society serves its citizens. He also co-founded the #GivingTuesday movement, which harnesses social media to celebrate giving and drive more effective charity.

Matthew was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he was on the faculty of London Business School.

Matthew Bishop’s Newsfeed

Financial Times
Special Edition: Bloomberg’s big day, impact bonds, the ‘other’ SDGs

Matthew Bishop of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center was mentioned in a Financial Times article regarding his new report titled "Getting to the Global Goals: A Radical Yet Realistic Route to 2030."

The Fourth Sector Group wants to transform the future of business

Matthew Bishop, a managing director on the global policy and advocacy team at The Rockefeller Foundation, brought leaders working on a range of initiatives to support for-benefit enterprises together at Rockefeller’s Bellagio Center in February. "A number of trends, and a wide range of initiatives from Conscious Capitalism to the Global Impact Investing Network to benefit corporations are linked to the vision of the Fourth Sector Group, even if not explicitly", Bishop said.

Matthew Bishop’s Background

Managing Director
Jan 2018 - Present
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.
Co-founder, board member
2012 - Present
The Social Progress Index (SPI) measures the extent to which countries provide for the social and environmental needs of their citizens. In combination with GDP it allows a much more rounded assessment of how well a country is performing.
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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.


May 2020
New York, NY, USA
In this article, Matthew Bishop discusses the appearance of ‘trust bubbles’ during the Covid-19 pandemic. A ‘trust bubble’ is a period wherein trust in institutions, namely government, can surge to record high levels of trust, only to fall later. This period is a chance, he says, to promote a new normal through egalitarian policies that sustain trust in and amongst populations.
New York, NY, USA
Philanthrocapitalism is a book Matthew co-wrote with Michael Green. It is an examination of how today's leading philanthropists are revolutionizing the field, using new methods to have a vastly greater impact on the world.
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Young Global Leader
New York, NY, USA
Matthew Bishop was honored as a young global leader by the World Economic Forum.

Matthew Bishop’s Education

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