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Matthew Lawrence

Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Director of Programmes

Matthew Lawrence is Director of Programmes at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. He joined the Foundation in 2013 and is responsible for the delivery, assessment and funding of the Foundation's programmes. Lawrence is responsible, alongside the rest of the executive team, for determining the Foundation's strategy. Prior to joining the Foundation he 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. Lawrence has had a long involvement with several education, health and faith based charities and initiatives.

Contributions

Foundation Update

Dealing with Violent Extremism: Mainstreaming Understanding of Religion

A pervasive lack of knowledge and understanding about the role of religion in the modern world is increasingly putting Western policy makers at a disadvantage in a world dominated by religious narratives. A clear choice lies ahead. Mainstream this understanding in order to convene the consensus and strategy needed to prevent and counter violent religious extremism, or repeatedly face groups such as ISIS and its possible successors and the huge financial burden of militarily defeating them, write Matthew Lawrence and William Neal for our Global Perspectives Series.

07 May 2015

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