BoatengLord Paul Boateng
Paul is a Labour Party politician, who was the MP for Brent South from 1987 to 2005, becoming the UK’s first black Cabinet Minister in May 2002, when he was appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. He was British High Commissioner to South Africa for 4 years and is credited with building a close relationship to South Africa’s ANC government. He continues to spend a third of his time in Africa promoting a range of philanthropic and emerging markets investment interests. He read law at the University of Bristol and began his career in civil rights, originally as a solicitor, later retraining as a barrister. He was President of the Debating Union at Bristol and an Observer Mace prize winner. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2010 and became Lord Boateng of Akyem and Wembley.