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Institute of Politics Winter 2014 Fellow Steve Hilton: Reforming the Conservative Party in the U.K.

University of Chicago Institute of Politics

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (CST)

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Steve is co-founder and CEO of Crowdpac.com, a new Silicon Valley technology start-up that will make it easier for people to find and support political candidates that match their passions and beliefs. He is also a visiting professor at Stanford University, teaching classes on innovation in government, and new solutions to poverty in America.

Before moving to California in 2012, Steve was Senior Advisor to British Prime Minister David Cameron. His responsibilities focused on the development and implementation of domestic policy, with a particular emphasis on: the promotion of enterprise and economic growth; public service reform; family policy; decentralisation, and government transparency and accountability.  Before the British General Election in 2010, Steve served as chief strategist for David Cameron throughout his five years as leader of the opposition and in his party leadership campaign. Steve is widely credited with developing the ideas associated with the modernisation of the British Conservative Party.

Prior to joining David Cameron's leadership campaign, Steve ran his own company, Good Business, a corporate responsibility consulting firm advising international and UK clients on ways to improve their impact on society. With his business partner Giles Gibbons, Steve also set up an award-winning London restaurant, The Good Cook, which aimed to showcase the 'Good Business' philosophy.  During this period, Steve spoke and broadcast internationally as an advocate of corporate responsibility, and wrote a book, Good Business - Your World Needs You, which set out the case for businesses to play a more direct and active role in advancing social progress.

Before starting his own business, Steve worked for international advertising agencies Saatchi & Saatchi and M&C Saatchi, during which time he led campaigns for clients in the private and non-profit sectors, as well as numerous political campaigns around the world - including for President Boris Yeltsin in Russia's first free elections.  After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Steve began his career as a researcher at Conservative Party headquarters in London, where he first met his wife Rachel Whetstone, now a senior executive at Google. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their two sons, Ben and Sonny.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (CST)


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