Lord Paul Boateng
Lord Boateng became Chair of Book Aid International in April 2014. He has a long-standing commitment to development in Africa. As the UK Prime Minister’s Special Representative he was instrumental in Gordon Brown’s work to deliver the Africa Commission report in 2005, which included advocating increased support for Africa’s development. He was High Commissioner to South Africa from 2005-2009 and is today involved in a wide range of charitable and business organisations working to realise the potential of Africa.
Lord Boateng was born in London but spent much of his childhood in Ghana. He read law at the University of Bristol and began his career in civil rights. He was a member of UK Parliament from 1987-2005, Minister of State for the Home Office (1998-2001) and became the UK’s first black Cabinet Minister in May 2002, when he was appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury (2002-2005).