In Historic First Valerie Amos Appointed Master of University College, Oxford

Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program Advisory Board member, Baroness Valerie Amos has been appointed Master of University College, Oxford University. Baroness Amos will be the first female Master of University College, Oxford and the first black head of any Oxford college. Baroness Amos is currently the Director of University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, where she broke another glass ceiling as the first woman of African descent to be the director of an institute of higher education in Great Britain. She has previously served as U.K. Secretary of State for International Development, leader of the House of Lords, and United Nations Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Chief Executive of Britain’s Equal Opportunities Commission. Baroness Amos has served on the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Advisory Board since Spring 2019.