Speaker's Biography:

Tony Blair
Former Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Tony Blair served as prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 to June 2007. He was also the leader of Britain's Labour Party (1994-2007) and a member of Parliament for Sedgefield, England (1983-2007). Blair is the Quartet representative to the Middle East. He represents the United States, the United Nations, Russia and the European Union, working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community's effort to secure peace. He has launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative and the UK-focused Sports Foundation. The Faith Foundation promotes respect for the world's religions through education and multifaith action. The Africa Governance Initiative operates in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and South Sudan, and aims to help build the governments' capacity to tackle poverty and deliver programs that will improve ordinary people's lives, from public services and rural development to infrastructure and job creation.

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