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Rory Brooks

Rory Brooks is co-founder of the international private equity group MML Capital Partners. Rory graduated from UMIST (now University of Manchester) in 1975. He funded the UK’s first chair in Enterprise at the University of Manchester in 2001.

In 2005 the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation became the principal benefactor of the Brooks World Poverty Institute, which was merged with the Institute for Development Policy and Management in 2015 to create the Global Development Initiative (GDI). The Foundation continues to support the GDI.

Rory is Chairman of the University of Manchester’s Global Leadership Board and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University in October 2010.

Rory is a previous Chairman of the Board of the Centre for Social Justice and has been an advisor to the Board of the Quintessentially Foundation since its inception in 2010. Rory was a member of the 2012 Government Task Force on Philanthropy in Higher Education, the “Pearce Report”, and was Chairman of the Giving Summit Action Group on Philanthropy in Education. In 2015, Rory was awarded the CASE Volunteer of the Year Award.

In November 2015, Rory received his CBE for charitable services through the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation and the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester.