Matthew Bishop

Matthew Bishop

Matthew Bishop is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for Sustainable Development, housed within the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. He is also a founder and board member of the Social Progress Imperative, which publishes the Social Progress Index. He was previously managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, following a 25-year career as a writer, editor, and conference curator at The Economist, including as the magazine’s Global Business Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Wall Street Editor, and Economics Correspondent.

His research focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and systems change, particularly the role of the private sector and multistakeholder coalitions in delivering social progress. His 2008 book “Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World,” written with Michael Green, was described by Michael Bloomberg as “the definitive guide to a new generation of philanthropists who understand innovation and risk-taking, and who will play a crucial part in solving the biggest problems facing the world.” His other books include “The Road from Ruin,” an agenda to reform capitalism in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, and “Economics A to Z,” the official Economist introduction to economics.

In 2018, with John McArthur, he cofounded “17 Rooms,” a Brookings/Rockefeller initiative to facilitate action-oriented expert collaboration around accelerating progress on the SDGs. He was the official report author for the G-8 Taskforce on Social Impact Investment in 2015 and was a member of the Advisors Group of the United Nations International Year of Microcredit in 2005. He also co-founded the #givingtuesday campaign.

Bishop is a graduate of Oxford University and was on the faculty of London Business School. He was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and chaired the WEF Global Agenda Council on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. He is a judge of the Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling.

  • Current Positions

    • Co-founder and Board Member, Social Progress Imperative
    • Co-founder, GivingTuesday
  • Past Positions

    • Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation (2017-2019)
    • Writer and Editor, The Economist (1991-2017)
    • Research Economist, London Business School, Centre for Business Strategy (1986-1991)
  • Education

    • BA Honours, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, Oxford University
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