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Matthew Lawrence

Director of Programmes, Tony Blair Faith Foundation


Matthew joined the Foundation in 2013 and is responsible for the delivery, assessment and funding of the Foundation’s programmes internationally. Additionally, Matthew is responsible for liaison and negotiation with governments, local partners and international bodies on replication and sustainability, as well as determining the Foundation’s strategy.

Most recently, Matthew’s particular focus has been on developing the Foundation’s work in several key areas including in Nigeria, Lebanon, Kenya, Indonesia and Palestine, and among Syrian refugee populations. He has also been involved with the establishing of the new Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund and launching the Foundation’s online resource on religion and conflict, Religion & Geopolitics.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Matthew spent 15 years in the Investment Banking industry - most recently as a Director at Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan Cazenove - advising UK and overseas companies on capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions, as well as on regulatory, stakeholder, communication and governance issues. He has had a long involvement with several education, health and faith based charities and initiatives.