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Rory Stewart

Foreign Affairs & Human Rights Expert

Foreign Affairs & Human Rights Expert

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Rory Stewart Biography

Once a British politician, infantry officer and diplomat, Rory Stewart is a Yale professor, senior advisor to the nonprofit organization GiveDirectly, and cohost of one of the UK’s most popular podcasts, "The Rest Is Politics," shaping discourse and action on global issues.

Entering UK politics as a Conservative MP in 2010, Stewart ascended to ministerial positions -- including Minister for Environment, Minister of State for International Development, Minister of State for Africa, and Minister of State for Prisons -- following his party's victory in 2015. Stewart ultimately parted ways with the Conservative party, opting to serve as an independent MP.

At Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Stewart holds the position of senior fellow, where he imparts knowledge on politics and international relations. He has written several books including, most recently, "How Not to Be a Politician: A Memoir," named a Best Book of 2023 by Financial Times and Kirkus Reviews, in which he candidly shares the trials, absurdities, and stark realities of political life.

As co-host of the popular podcast "The Rest is Politics," Stewart engages in civil discourse across the political spectrum, tackling weighty topics and offering insights into the inner workings of Westminster.

Earlier in his life, following a transformative two-year trek through the Middle East and South Asia, Stewart founded the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at restoring a section of the old city of Kabul, Afghanistan. Additionally, he served as director of Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

Stewart's life has been described by the New York Times as "one of the most remarkable lives on record." Named by Esquire magazine as "one of the 100 most influential people of the 21st century," his accolades include being the first person to traverse Afghanistan after the US-UK invasion and serving as Deputy Governor of two Iraqi provinces at the youthful age of 29. Fluent in 11 languages, Stewart is not only an accomplished writer and documentarian but has also advised both US Presidents and British Prime Ministers on Afghanistan and Middle East policy. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire by the British government for services in Iraq as well as a number of international medals, and prizes; he holds two honorary doctorates.

Rory Stewart Speaking Topics

  • The Global Human Rights Struggle

  • Art & Commerce: The Power of Art at Work in Old Kabul

  • The Places in Between: The Middle East I Know

  • Human Rights: The Rhetoric vs. The Reality

  • Middle East Expert

  • Conservative MP

Rory Stewart Videos

  • Rory Stewart: Time to end the war in Afghanistan
  • Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters
  • Beyond Borders Scotland Interviews 2013 - Rory Stewart MP ...

Rory Stewart Books

  • How Not to Be a Politician: A Memoir
    How Not to Be a Politician: A Memoir
  • Can Intervention Work? (Norton Global Ethics Series)
    Can Intervention Work? (Norton Global Ethics Series)
  • The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq
    The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq
  • Occupational Hazards: My Time Governing in Iraq
    Occupational Hazards: My Time Governing in Iraq
  • (THE PLACES IN BETWEEN)The Places in Between by Stewart, Rory(Author)Paperback{The Places in Between}on 08 May 2006
    (THE PLACES IN BETWEEN)The Places in Between by Stewart, Rory(Author)Paperback{The Places in Between}on 08 May 2006

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Rory Stewart is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Global Human Rights Struggle, Art & Commerce: The Power of Art at Work in Old Kabul, The Places in Between: The Middle East I Know, Human Rights: The Rhetoric vs. The Reality, Middle East Expert and Conservative MP. The estimated speaking fee range to book Rory Stewart for your event is available upon request. Rory Stewart generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jeremy Gilley, Bunker Roy, Alison Gopnik, Maajid Nawaz and Marco Tempest. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rory Stewart for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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