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Ed Balls is a Senior Fellow at The Harvard Kennedy School, Visiting Professor at King’s College London and former Chairman of Norwich City Football Club.
He was UK Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and served in the UK Cabinet as Secretary for Children, Schools and Families. He was the UK Minister for Financial Services and the Chief Economic Adviser to the UK Treasury during which time he was Chair of the IMFC Deputies and UK G20 Deputy. While Shadow Chancellor he was co-Chair with Larry Summers of the Center for American Progress Inclusive Prosperity Commission.
He was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics, Harvard University and a leader, writer and columnist at the Financial Times. He has also written for the Guardian, New Statesman and Tribune and co-authored a number of books, papers, articles and pamphlets including the Sunday Times bestseller Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics. He studied economics at Keble College, Oxford and the Kennedy School of Government (MPA) where he was a Kennedy Scholar.
Ed was dubbed ‘The People’s Champion’ after the extraordinary public response to his dance performances in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. His memorable performance of Gangnam style with partner Katya Jones was nominated for the 2017’s Virgin’s Must-See Moment BAFTA award.
Since then, he has presented Ed Balls’ Dream Dinner Party for BBC Radio 4, Have I Got News For You (BBC One) and Ed Balls on Musical Theatre (BBC Radio 2). In 2018 he journeyed to America for Travels in Trumpland with Ed Balls (BBC Two). In 2019 his series What Britain Buys and Sells in a Day (BBC Two) saw Ed exploring the science and systems that enable Britain to import and export goods around the world on an unprecedented scale. This year Ed’s most recent series Travels in Euroland with Ed Balls was broadcast on BBC Two, seeing Ed head to Europe to discover how the divisions exposed by the rise of populism are reflected across the EU.
Ed lives in London and Castleford with his wife, Yvette Cooper MP, and their three children. Ed’s interests include learning the piano, cooking and marathon running. He has run the London Marathon three times, raising over 160,000 for WhizzKidz, a disabled Children’s charity and Action for Stammering Children. His new found hobby is dancing, having competed on the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Ed is a Patron of the British Stammering Association and a member of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation Board.
Ed Balls is available for after dinner and conference speaking.
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The conference was a great success, and Ed was the perfect way to round off the day. He really captured the light-hearted, relaxed feel of the evening, and had the audience enraptured the whole way through. He did a fab job and was incredibly well received.
Ed was even better than we had hoped he would be. Engaging, open, honest, funny and very interesting. Please pass on our thanks to him.
Good match for conference attendees – good mixture of “serious funny” and “silly funny” stories. Managed to involve top table attendees which makes them feel special. Would definitely recommend for similar conferences. His approach of 70% humour and insight and 30% broad/high level politics was a great mix for our crowd, so much so that groups of tables wanted to mingle with him after the speeches.
Thank you for the hugely valuable part you played in our Leaders’ Forum. This was a new format for us that relied on enthusiastic, insightful and articulate speakers and you passed with flying colours! We have had very positive feedback and I greatly appreciate all the time and thought you put in to our event.
I just wanted pass on our sincere thanks for Ed participating in our event, I think we can definitely say he was received very well by our audience and we are really grateful for the additional time Ed spent with everyone before and after his session. I know a lot of speakers would not have invested this additional time. I will be delighted to recommend him for other speaking opportunities.
On behalf of all of us at Jefferies I would like to thank you for your excellent speech last night at The Ned and for being so generous with your time afterwards. You managed to get the tone exactly right for the occasion. We have received lots of complimentary messages from people who were there and I think you have won a number of new fans. It was a huge pleasure to meet you.
Ed was fantastic without doubt one of the best they’ve had over the years. He was charming, funny, polite and accommodating. His speech hit exactly the right note, he even managed to bring soft drinks into it. He touched on strictly and politics. He did a Q& A which went on for ages and had some random questions all of which he answered without hesitation. He posed for lots of photos, the women in the room absolutely loved him and he had a lot of Strictly posed photos. She asked if she could get him a car at the end and he said no don’t worry I’ll hop on the tube. They were so impressed with him.
Ed was a great speaker. Very down to earth, charming, engaging, knowledgeable and he delivered a great speech. He is definitely up there with the nicest speakers I’ve had the pleasure to work with, an absolute joy!