Ed Balls appointed as Visiting Professor
Posted on 20/10/2015
The Rt Hon Ed Balls, former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families and Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury, has been appointed Visiting Professor to the Policy Institute at King’s College London.
Mr Balls joins the Policy Institute as a Visiting Professor for the 2015-16 academic year, adding to an impressive and diverse range of experts and former practitioners from the worlds of Westminster, Whitehall and beyond.
Bringing unrivalled experience and knowledge of government, economics and politics to King’s, he will be a member of the team teaching the Institute of Contemporary British History’s innovative new ‘The Treasury and Economic History since 1945’ postgraduate module in partnership with HM Treasury.
Commenting on his appointment as Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute at King’s, Ed Balls said:
‘I am impressed by the drive and vision that the leadership team at King's have for the Policy Institute. It is filling an important gap and I am honoured to play my part in helping them succeed.’
Welcoming Ed Balls’ appointment, Dr Jon Davis, Director of Partnerships and The Strand Group at the Policy Institute at King's, and lead academic on ‘The Treasury and Economic History since 1945’ said:
'Ed Balls is a globally renowned figure, central for the past quarter of a century to economic governance in the UK and beyond. We are delighted that he has agreed to join us and help build our burgeoning teaching of government history.’
Professor Richard Roberts, Professor of Contemporary Financial History and Director of the Institute of Contemporary British History at King’s said:
'I welcome this exciting appointment and look forward to Ed's expert and insightful contributions to the course and the College’.
Born in Norwich in 1967, Mr Balls studied economics and philosophy at Keble College, Oxford, and economics and politics (MPA) at the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. He was a teaching fellow in the Department of Economics, Harvard (1989-90) and a leader writer and columnist at the Financial Times (1990-94) where he was the Wincott Young Financial Journalist of the Year.
Ed was recruited from his position at the Financial Times by Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown as an economic adviser. Following Labour’s general election victory in 1997, Mr Balls became Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury, playing a lead role in developing policies including the independence of the Bank of England, the New Deal jobs programme, the five economic tests for Britain joining the Euro, Sure Start, tax credits and the national minimum wage.
Ed Balls became MP for Normanton in 2005, and served as Education Secretary in Gordon Brown’s Labour government from 2007-2010, following a year as UK Minister for Financial Services.
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