Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program. Valerie Amos served as Secretary of State for International Development in the administration of UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair.  In 1997, she was elevated to the British House of Lords and appointed Leader in 2003.  Between 2009 and 2010, she served as UK High Commissioner to Australia.  In 2010, Baroness Amos was appointed the eighth United Nations Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. She has also held numerous other public sector roles including Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission and adviser to the Mandela Government on leadership and change management issues. Baroness Amos is co-founder and Patron of the Amos Bursary, which promotes higher education opportunities for young men of African and Caribbean heritage in the UK.

Ministerial Program Advisory Board Chair, Julio Frenk said of Baroness Amos, “Baroness Amos has a most distinguished track record of public leadership and we are delighted to have the opportunity of working with her.”