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Gordon Baker, Issue Coordinator (Health)

Born 1971 in Winnipeg, Canada to South African mum and English dad; raised in Rio de Janeiro, Montreal and Phoenix, before arriving in England aged 13 and entering the English school system (Winchester College and Trinity, Cambridge) culminating in a 2:1 degree in Economics, specialising in Development Economics, in 1993.
Spent three years at Royal Bank of Canada (syndicated debt to multinationals + interbank relationships) and three more at UBS Warburg (corporate finance) before leaving the City. Worked in business development roles (raising funds, creating partnerships...) for a selection of internet companies and did some mainstream management consultancy projects (project analysis, financial modelling) from June 1999 to December 2000. Bought a house in North London in January 2001 and wore his fingers to the bone 'building' in early part of 2001. Spent the summer in Namibia researching for the update of Footprint Books 'Namibia Handbook', a thorough and highly recommended guide, which appeared in the bookstores in December 2001 (at 12.99). 

Gordon joint the Stakeholder Forum team in November 2001, coordinated the New York workshop on Health & Stakeholder Citizenship and is now coordinating the health issue strand of the IC.


Favorite Quotes: 

"The traveller may feel assured, he will meet with no difficulties or dangers, excepting in rare cases, nearly so bad as he beforehand anticipates. In a moral point of view, the effect ought to be, to teach him good-humoured patience, freedom from selfishness, the habit of acting for himself, and of making the best of every occurrence... Travelling ought also to teach him distrust; but at the same time he will discover, how many truly kind-hearted people there are, with whom he never before had, or ever again will have any further communication, who yet are ready to offer him the most disinterested assistance." - Charles Darwin

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