The Rt Hon Paul Martin was Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006 and Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002. He was named the inaugural chair of the Finance Ministers’ G20 in 1999.

Mr Martin chairs the $200m British-Norwegian poverty alleviation and sustainable development fund for the 10-nation Congo Basin Rainforest. He sits on the Advisory Council of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa, sponsored by the African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank.

In Canada, he is responsible for the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, and he founded, with his son David, the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund.

Before entering politics, Mr Martin had a distinguished career in the private sector as a business executive at Power Corporation of Canada and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CSL Group Inc.

Mr Martin studied philosophy and history at St Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1966.