1983-2015, Member of UK Parliament. 1997-2007, Chancellor of the Exchequer; 2007-10, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party; tenure coincided with the start of the global financial crisis; was first to initiate calls for global financial action while introducing a range of rescue measures in the UK. Since 2012, UN Special Envoy for Global Education; passionate advocate for global action to ensure education for all. Chair, Global Strategic Infrastructure Initiative, and Adviser, World Economic Forum. Inaugural Distinguished Global Leader in Residence, New York University. Founder, with his wife, Theirworld, a charity that engages young people, business leaders, health and education professionals and civil society to create a brighter future for every child.