Jonathan Powell

Jonathan Powell is a Managing Director and Senior Adviser at Morgan Stanley in London, and a negotiator and Senior Adviser on different conflicts across Europe and Asia for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. He also works with Tigris Financial Group, Tony Blair Associates, Save The Children, and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. Mr. Powell was Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and was responsible for coordinating all political and non-political work in No.10 Downing Street. He was the principal negotiator on Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007, and was instrumental in bringing about a lasting peace in that troubled province. He played a key role in the formulation of the Blair government’s foreign policy and political strategies.

In April 2008, Mr. Powell published Great Hatred, Little Room: Making Peace in Northern Ireland, a firsthand account of the ten years of negotiation that led to the Northern Ireland peace settlement. He has conducted a lecture tour on the lessons learned from the Northern Ireland peace process.

Before joining Tony Blair, Mr. Powell was a British diplomat for sixteen years and played a central role in the negotiations with China on the return of Hong Kong, the CDE arms control negotiations in Stockholm, and the CSCE human rights negotiations with the Soviet Union in Vienna, among others. He began his career as a journalist with the BBC and Granada TV.