Douglas Alexander

Fall 2016 Resident Fellow

Former UK Cabinet Minister

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The Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander, a former top British Labour politician, served in leadership roles in the U.K. government between 2001 and 2015, including as Minister of State for Europe, as Secretary of State of International Development and as Shadow Foreign Secretary. Alexander also served as Labour Party leader Ed Miliband’s election strategist in last year’s general election in Britain.

Alexander currently serves as Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as a visiting professor at King's College, London. He is a member of the UK Privy Council and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. In November 2015, Alexander accepted a role with U2 frontman Bono as a senior advisor on how best to secure investment to tackle global poverty, particularly in Africa. He also works as a strategic advisor to an international law firm based in London.

Alexander was first elected a Member of Parliament from Scotland in 1997. He coordinated the Labour Party’s 2001 general election campaign for then-Prime Minister Tony Blair and in 2003, he became a Government Minister in the Cabinet Office. Alexander went on to hold several senior positions including Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, and Minister of State for Europe. In 2006 Alexander was appointed to the Cabinet by Tony Blair, becoming the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Secretary of State for Transport. In 2007 he became the Secretary of State for International Development and served as the UK’s Governor to the World Bank. Following the 2010 General Election Alexander served in Her Majesty’s Official Opposition and was appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary for the UK from 2011 – 2015. He also served as the Labour Party's Chair of General Election Strategy.