Right Honourable Clare Short is the United Kingdom’s former Secretary of State for International Development. She was a Member of Parliament for more than 20 years until May 2010. In April 2016, she was elected Chair of the Cities Alliance Management Board. Prior to that she was the Senior Policy Advisor for the Cities Alliance from 2006. Ms. Short is also currently a trustee of Hope Projects (West Midlands) Ltd, Trade Out of Poverty, the Welfare Association, and Africa Humanitarian Action; and patron of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK.
She was the Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative EITI from 2011 to 2016. She is a former Opposition spokesperson on Overseas Development, Shadow Minister for Women, and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. Ms. Short was educated at the Universities of Keele and Leeds and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science.
Ms. Short’s current work is focused on the Palestinian/ Israeli conflict, the urbanisation of the poor and the need to prevent the spread of slums of despair, destitute asylum-seekers, humanitarian action in Africa and other issues.