Baroness Valerie Amos

Director, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

BA in Sociology and MA in Cultural Studies. Former: Secretary of State for International Development, British Government; President, Privy Council; Leader, House of Lords; most recently, United Kingdom's High Commissioner to Australia. Currently, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Long-time campaigner and advocate on human rights, social justice and equality issues. Recipient of honours: honorary doctorates from 11 UK and one US university; Order of the Volta, Government of Ghana; honoured by the Government of Benin; recognized by the Smithsonian Museum for African Art for work on the continent.

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