Mark Malloch-Brown is chairman at FTI Consulting and most recently vice chairman of the World Economic Forum, as well as a consultant to a number of international companies. Formerly he was minister of state in the UK Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and was a member of Gordon Brownís cabinet. He had previously served as deputy secretary-general and chief of staff of the UN under Kofi Annan. For six years he was administrator of the UNDP, leading the UNís development efforts around the world. Other positions have included: vice chairman of George Sorosís Investment Funds, as well as his Open Society Institute; vice president at the World Bank; and lead international partner in a political consulting firm. He began his career as a journalist with The Economist. Mark serves as chair of the Royal Africa Society and on a number of non-profit and advisory boards. He is a member of the House of Lords and was knighted in 2007.