Paul is a Barrister of Gray’s Inn, having completed a four year term as British High Commissioner to South Africa (2005 – 2009), was elevated to the Peerage in June 2010. He has 30 years experience in public life in the law, politics and diplomacy. He was, until he stepped down to take the post of High Commissioner in 2005, a Member of Parliament (1987 – 2005), and he served as a Cabinet Minister, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury under Tony Blair. He was appointed to the Joint House of Lords House of Commons Standing Committee on the National Security Strategy in June 2014.
He has an extensive knowledge of Africa, where he spent much of his childhood, worked on African issues as a Vice Moderator of the World Council of Churches Programme to Combat Racism, and was active in the Anti Apartheid Movement. He was the then UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Special Representative to Africa, during the work of the Africa Commission 2004-2005. He gave the keynote address on public service delivery to President Obusanjo’s Annual Retreat in Nigeria (2004).
He gave the keynote address at the request of the State Government at the Kuramo Conference 2010 in Lagos, on lessons of the Global Financial Crisis and the Implications for Africa and the Global Economy. He was a UNECA resource person and panelist at the African Finance Ministers Meeting 2012 in Addis Ababa. He is a frequent writer, broadcaster, and public speaker in Europe, Africa and the US on the development, financial and governance aspects of globalisation. He is a Trustee of the International (Duke of Edinburgh’s) Youth Award, a Global Board member for Food for the Hungry, and the Planet Earth Institute – a charity promoting sustainable development through Higher Education, as well as Co-Chair of the Africa Intellectual Property Trust.
He is Moderator of the Africa Biblical Leadership Initiative, and works on a number of programmes promoting interfaith dialogue and good governance. He works with GAVI (the Global Alliance on Vaccine and Immunisation) as a Global Ambassador on vaccines in public health and children’s immunisation, and is on the Health Advisory Board of Gilead Sciences, a global leader in the production of low cost high quality generic HIV pharmaceuticals. He serves as an Advisor to PGI, a global security, research and risk management company, is Chair of Trustees Book Aid International and Christian Aid’s “In Their Lifetime Appeal”, as well as to a number of companies and not-for-profit organisations.
Lord Boateng was elected Chair of the English-Speaking Union in January 2015. He is a Non-Executive Director of Yoo Me Africa, and a Director of Akyem Law & Advisory Services Ltd, a company he founded to advise on the legal and regulatory aspects of emerging market business.