2019 International Criminal Justice Conference





David has been the Labour Member of Parliament for his home constituency of Tottenham since 2000.

Born in Tottenham in 1972, one of five children raised by a single mother. David was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994, practised as a barrister in England and the United States and became the first black Briton to study a Masters in Law at Harvard Law School, graduating in 1997.

David served as a Minister in the last Labour government, including as Culture Minister and Higher Education Minister, and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2008. As a Minister in the Department of Health he oversaw the introduction of four hour waiting times in A&E Departments and as Minister of State for Higher Education and Skills established the Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service.

David has led a high-profile campaign calling on Oxbridge to improve access for students from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds.

He is also the author of Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots, an analysis of the long-standing causes of the 2011 riots. David is a regular contributor to national newspapers and publications including The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, New Statesman and others, and appears regularly on television and radio.

David lives in Haringey with his wife and three children.



Adam Gelb has been working for a more just and effective criminal justice system throughout a 32-year career as a journalist, congressional aide, senior state government official, and nonprofit executive.He currently is founder, president and CEO of the Council on Criminal Justice, an invitational nonpartisan membership organization and think tank dedicated to advancing policy and practice grounded in facts, evidence and fundamental principles of justice.

From 2006-2018, Gelb led the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project, producing groundbreaking national research that documented the high cost and low public safety return of traditional sentencing and corrections policies and helping 35 states develop, adopt and implement increasingly comprehensive and impactful criminal and juvenile justice reforms.

Gelb’s first job out of the University of Virginia was as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, covering police and the drug war at its height in the late 1980s. After earning a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, he staffed the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee during negotiations and final passage of the landmark 1994 federal crime bill. From 1995 to 2000, as policy director for the lieutenant governor of Maryland, Gelb established several initiatives that focused enforcement and prevention efforts on at-risk people and neighborhoods. He served as executive director of the Georgia Sentencing Commission from 2001 to 2003 and, before joining Pew, as vice president for programs at the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse where he oversaw youth reentry and methamphetamine control programs.

Gelb speaks frequently with the media about national trends and state innovations and advises policy makers on formulation of practical, cost-effective policies.

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