The next event in the AEJ UK’s series of ZOOM Meetings will be with Ed Balls, media personality, academic, former cabinet minister and shadow Chancellor, who will speak on “Global Britain” on Friday, March 26th from 14.00 TO 15.15 GMT.

Please reply to Charles Jenkins,

Ed Balls is a man of many parts.  Well known for his TV appearances as a documentary maker, past contestant in Strictly Come Dancing and the recent winner of Celebrity Best Home Cook, Ed Balls was a key figure in economic policy making in the UK for more than two decades to 2015. A youthful economic leader writer at the Financial Times, he became an adviser to the then shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown in 1994. Following Labour’s landslide election victory in 1997, Balls became Chief Economic Adviser to the Treasury between 1999 and 2004 and, after election to parliament in 2005, a Treasury minister.  During Gordon Brown’s premiership, he joined the cabinet as secretary of state for children, schools and families, later becoming shadow chancellor after Labour lost power in the 2010 general election. Balls narrowly lost his parliamentary seat in the 2015 general election and has since pursued a career in media and academia. He is a senior fellow at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Professor of Political Economy at King’s College, London.  

Balls recently co-authored “Finding Global Britain”, a vision of how the UK could turn a Brexiteer’s slogan into policies for “a pragmatic but ambitiously outward-looking and progressive country”.  Britain, he argued, was not doomed to economic decline. It could be a leader “but only in collaboration” and should be guided by “competence, humility and good ideas” in its international relations. 

The AEJ’s meeting with Ed Balls comes as Boris Johnson’s Conservative government is refining its own ideas of “Global Britain” ahead of June’s Group of Seven meeting in Cornwall and November’s UN COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

UK AEJ Chairman William Horsley will host the meeting. Participation is open to AEJ members and invited others only.  Please register as soon as possible with AEJ UK Secretary Charles Jenkins on

On the day, by 13.00 London time, you will receive an invitation to join the Zoom meeting by email. We hope you can join the event and ask that you join the meeting at least 10 minutes before the start time to avoid delays.

Best regards, 

William Horsley,   AEJ UK Chairman 

Charles Jenkins,    AEJ Secretary