Will Straw is a US-UK Fulbright Scholar completing the Program in Economic Policy Management (MPA '08) at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Prior to arriving in the United States last June, Will worked for Her Majesty's Treasury in London. Over four years, Will worked primarily on enterprise and growth issues including regulatory reform, employment law, climate change, and reforms to the UK pensions system. In 2005, Will was the Treasury's press office on financial services and international issues during the UK's Presidencies of both the G-7 and European Union. He also wrote articles for Gordon Brown and other ministers that were published in the Financial Times among other newspapers.
Will's undergraduate degree was at New College, Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Upon completing his degree in 2002, he was elected president of the Oxford University Student Union. In this position he campaigned successfully for the return of the maintenance grant for poorer students, unsuccessfully against the government's proposed increases in tuition fees, and partially successfully against large rent price hikes at Oxford.
In his spare time Will is campaigning to establish the “Individual Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) concept. This is a grassroots, bottom-up principle to support the top-down R2P concept adopted at the 2005 UN General Assembly. He is also vice-chair of governors at an elementary school in South London, where he grew up.