Member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border
Rory Stewart was Chief Executive of Turquoise Mountain Foundation, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to regenerate Afghanistan's traditional crafts and historic areas, creating jobs, skills and a renewed sense of national identity. Stewart worked at the British Embassy in Indonesia and then, in the wake of the Kosovo campaign, as the British Representative in Montenegro. In 2000, he took two years off and began walking from Turkey to Bangladesh. He covered 6,000 miles on foot alone across Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. In 2003, he became the coalition Deputy Governor of Maysan and Dhi Qar-two provinces in the Marsh Arab region of Southern Iraq. He has written for a range of publications including the New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times and Granta. In 2004, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire and became a Fellow of the Carr Centre at Harvard University. Stewart studied History and Philosophy at Dragon School, Eton and Balliol College, Oxford.