Marc Stears is the Director of the Sydney Policy Lab. He has worked at the very top of public life for over twenty years, advising leaders on strategic communications, persuasion, power and influence. Recent clients have included EY, GlaxoSmithKline,Shell, BP, Channel 4 television, Linklaters, Nike and IBM to partner and Board level. He is an Associate Fellow at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK and also teaches power and influence at the London Business School. From 2012 to 2015, he was chief speechwriter to one of the UK’s leading political parties. From 2015 to 2017, he was Chief Executive of one of the UK’s largest think tanks, before departing for Australia. In his public life he is a regular commentator in the media, appearing regularly on ABC and BBC television and radio. He has written two single- authored books from Oxford University Press and Princeton University Press, edited many more and frequently writes for major newspapers and magazines.