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Jack McConnell is Scotland’s youngest First Minister, serving from 2001 to 2007. During this time, he refreshed Scotland’s international image, created the Fresh Talent Initiative, and established Scotland’s International Development policy, including the unique co-operation agreement with Malawi.

Starting his career as a Mathematics teacher, he later became a member of the Scottish Constitutional Convention and General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party. He served as Scotland’s Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs from 2000 to 2001 and he was Minister for Finance from 1999 to 2000. From 1999 to 2001 he was a Member of Scottish Parliament for Motherwell and Wishaw.

Jack McConnell was the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Peacebuilding from 2008 to 2010, and Education Adviser to the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative in Malawi and Rwanda. He was appointed to the House of Lords on 28th June 2010, as Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale. His parliamentary interests include peacebuilding, international development, and opportunities and support for vulnerable young people. He also Chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

Lord McConnell is currently involved as an Ambassador, Patron and Board Member of several international and UK-based NGOs. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Icebreakers, holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stirling, and is a Consultant and Guest Lecturer in organisations and institutions in several countries.