Well-placed to guide companies through the current geopolitical landscape, Douglas Alexander has extensive experience in foreign affairs and domestic politics. He is a strategic adviser to international law firm Pinsent Masons, and a senior adviser to U2 frontman Bono on development within and beyond Africa, with the aim of driving economic growth and technology investment.
A strategic adviser to international law firm Pinsent Masons, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University, a visiting professor at Kings College London and former prominent cabinet minister for the Labour party, Douglas Alexander’s background threads together academia, politics and strategy, enabling him to confidently speak on developments in domestic and international politics, legal strategy and the global economic environment.
An accomplished keynote speaker and political advisor, he is well-placed to guide companies through the current political climate, accommodating his expertise to a range of requests on the corporate circuit.
Douglas is a Member of the European Council of Foreign Relations and a member of the Privy Council. He has produced many highly acclaimed texts on British Foreign Policy and how we can make changes for the future. Douglas’s expertise in the field of change makes him an ideal speaker to advise businesses on how to navigate post-Brexit uncertainty.
He was formerly the Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, and, from 2011 to 2015. Douglas was an eminent minister in the cabinet and he held the roles of Shadow Foreign Secretary, Minister of State for Europe, Secretary of State for Scotland, for Transport and for International Development.
In his role as Secretary of State for International Development, Douglas led over 2500 staff based in 39 countries with a Budget of $10.6 billion - an experience that renders him competent to advise other businesses how to lead their teams.
After being appointed Secretary of State for Transport, Douglas led the UK’s response to the 2006 Transatlantic Aircraft Terror Plot, working with Police, Intelligence Agencies, the Airlines and the US Department of Homeland Security.
As Minister of State for Europe during the UK Presidency of the European Union, he directly contributed to successful negotiations on Accession of Turkey and agreement of the EU Budget.
Douglas’s extensive experience at a high level in areas such as international development, trade, and the EU, mean that he has a deep understanding of how current affairs affect businesses, ensuring that he is able to speak with authority on subjects which can help companies to map out their future during turbulent economic and political times.
A Senior Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School and a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute of King’s College, London, Douglas holds accolades from universities across the globe. He has a degree in law and practiced as a solicitor in Scotland having achieved an MA Hons (1st Class), LLB (Distinction), Dip.L.P, from the University of Edinburgh (1990-1994).
From 2007 to 2010, Douglas also served as the UK's Governor to the World Bank, working to negotiate successful reforms including additional representation for developing countries and decentralisation of bank operations.
Alongside his academic, legal and political commitments, Douglas is also a senior adviser to U2 frontman Bono on development and investment in and beyond Africa. He works to drive economic growth, together with technology investment.
He has addressed a range of large audiences at the likes of Harvard, Yale, Oxford, the London School of Economics, the World Economic Forum, the Royal United Services Institute, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the 2015 Deutsche Bank Summit.
Douglas’s experience in the fields of trade, strategy, politics and academia mean he is well placed to deliver an erudite speech on foreign and domestic politics, legal affairs and economic development in Europe and beyond.
His speaking topics include:
- Business trends and the geopolitical landscape
- Foreign affairs and domestic politics
- Europe and Brexit: future international development
- Political campaigns and communication