Peter Hain

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Peter Hain

Former British Cabinet Minister and government minister

Peter Hain MP

A dynamic speaker of experience, wit and substance on topics including
- The Perfect Storm: global energy, food and water insecurity combined with climate change
- International Developments
- Business engaging with government
- Corporate responsibility and community relations
- Renewable energy
- Conflict resolution and problem solving
- Personal, autobiographical: anti-apartheid protester to Cabinet Minister

British Government
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Peter Hain MP

A dynamic speaker of experience, wit and substance on topics including
- The Perfect Storm: global energy, food and water insecurity combined with climate change
- International Developments
- Business engaging with government
- Corporate responsibility and community relations
- Renewable energy
- Conflict resolution and problem solving
- Personal, autobiographical: anti-apartheid protester to Cabinet Minister

British Government
A British Cabinet Minister for six years and a government minister for six years 1997-10, including: Secretary of State for Work and Pensions; Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; Leader of the House of Commons; Africa Minister; Europe Minister; Energy Minister

International
International experience in diplomacy, negotiation and conflict resolution as British Foreign Office Minister 1999-2001 and then Europe Minister 2001-02, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 2005-07. Has spoken at and chaired meetings of the UN Security Council.
Experience of working with fellow Government Ministers in Africa, Gulf States, India, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, Europe and the USA.
Leader of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement 1969-1994, having spent childhood in South Africa before forced into exile.

Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
Northern Ireland 2005-07: negotiated an end to the ancient and bloody conflict as British Secretary of State, and produced an historic political settlement in May 2007.
European Treaty 2002-03: British Government representative in the Convention on the Future of Europe where negotiated agreement on a new Constitutional Treaty.
Africa 1999-2000: On personal terms with many African leaders, having worked to drive Africa's interests up the global agenda.
Middle East 1999-2001: as Minister of State in the Foreign Office active in support of US and British efforts to promote peace.
Blood Diamonds 2000-02: as Minister of State in the Foreign Office initiated and negotiated the UN international treaty banning the conflict-inducing trade in blood diamonds.
Gibraltar 2001-2: As Europe Minister led historic negotiations with the Spanish Government on a co-sovereignty deal which came close to agreement.
Cyprus 2001-02: as Europe Minister involved in negotiations to get agreement between Cyprus and Turkey on a new future for Greek and Turkish Cypriots within the European Union.
Sri Lanka 2000-01: as Minister of State in the Foreign Office gave British support to the then successful Norwegian efforts to promote peace.
Born 1950 in Nairobi and brought up in South Africa until his anti-apartheid parents were successively jailed, banned and then forced to leave for Britain in 1966, he later became a leader of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement.
Educated in Pretoria Boys High, Emanuel School (Battersea), he gained a first class honours degree in political science and economics at Queen Mary College (London University), and a Master of Philosophy at Sussex University
First elected British Member of Parliament for Neath 1991.
Peter has written 16 books including Mandela (Octopus, September 2010), Don't Play with Apartheid (1971), Sing the Beloved Country: the struggle for the new South Africa (1996).
Peter recently spoke at the 13th annual conference for Deloitte, London, February 2011 on Europe and Africa: A Changed Relationship.
Peter speaks regularly to business at events (including light-hearted after dinner).

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