CID Speaker Series: The Drivers of International Development


Friday, October 20, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Bell Hall - 5th Floor Belfer Building

Andrew MitchellSpeaker: Rt Hon. Andrew Mitchell, British MP and Former Secretary of State for International Development

About the talk: In the Globalisation era there are no longer far off places about which we know little. Our generations have the ability to do something about the colossal discrepancies of opportunity and wealth which disfigure our world. How should we grasp this opportunity? What will have the most effect? How do we reform the Rules based international system? Does international justice matter? Why we should all be optimists?

About the Speaker: Rt Hon. Andrew Mitchell is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sutton Coldfield since 2001. He was the MP for Gedling from 1987 to 1997. He served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for International Development from 2010 to 2012.

Mitchell was elected President of the Cambridge Union in 1978. Before university, he served for several months as a United Nations military peacekeeper in Cyprus. He has extensive pre-government experience of the developing world, and is the founder of Project Umubano, a Conservative Party social action project in Rwanda and Sierra Leone in central and west Africa, launched in 2007.

Mitchell was returned as MP for Sutton Coldfield at the 2017 general election, with a reduced majority.