Tony Blair

Executive Chairman of the Institute for Global Change and Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

“The biggest challenge for a leader is how to deliver. How to get things done. How to translate the grand vision into the practical reality. I learnt this first hand as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland… Once I got the right structures at the centre of Government, its effectiveness was transformed. I have taken these lessons into the Institute. Our mission is to equip leaders with what they need to build effective Governance and deliver open, inclusive and prosperous societies in a globalised world.”

Tony Blair is Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute. The Institute is a not-for-profit organisation. The Executive Chairman plays a hands-on role in the strategic development of the organisation, and actively engages with leaders, organisations and debates that he believes are critical to our mission. Tony Blair and the executive staff run the organisation, with 450+ people based in more than 20 countries across four continents. Tony Blair is the sole owner and Executive Chairman of the Institute, as set out in the Articles of Association, and he receives no remuneration for his work at TBI, to which he devotes at least 80% of his time.

Tony Blair greets teachers at the Prince of Wales school in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

“Like those who work for this institute, I am an optimist. The future can be peaceful. It can elevate many more people into prosperity and it can give rise to a new generation who are open-minded, tolerant and respectful of difference. To get there we must continue to invest in enabling active, empowering governments and presenting them with brilliant, workable ideas. Together with our partners, that is work we do and will continue to do.”

During his time in Downing Street Tony Blair implemented a major domestic reform agenda. Through record investment and reform, the UK’s education and healthcare sectors were transformed. The New Labour Government led by Tony implemented the largest hospital and school building since the creation of the UK’s welfare state.

Overall crime was reduced by a third, and the first ever national minimum wage was introduced. There was also transformational progress on human rights and equality and all of this took place during a period of record economic growth and levels of employment.

Three-time election winner

Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007, the only Labour leader in the party’s 100 year history to win three consecutive elections.

As Prime Minister, Tony Blair was also a central figure on the global stage. He helped bring peace to Northern Ireland, securing the historic Good Friday Agreement in 1998. He was a passionate advocate of an interventionist foreign policy. Tony created the Department for International Development, tripled the UK’s foreign aid to Africa, and introduced landmark legislation to tackle climate change.

Since leaving office Tony Blair has spent most of his time working on three areas: supporting governments to deliver effectively for their people, working for peace in the Middle East, and countering extremism. He established the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.  

Tony Blair speaks in front of the door to Number 10 Downing Street