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The Rt.Hon. Lord Howe of Aberavon CH QC

Lord Howe was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from SOAS in 2003 in recognition of his distinguished public service, which had most recently included ten years (1991-2001) as Visitor of the School itself.

Prior to that he had served as a Cabinet Minister for all but the last three weeks of Margaret Thatcher's Government: as Chancellor of the Exchequer (1979-83), as Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary (1983-89), and finally as Deputy Prime Minister (1989-90). He entered the House of Lords in July 1992.

Born in Port Talbot, South Wales in 1926, Lord Howe was educated at Winchester and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Called to the Bar in 1952 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1965, he served in Edward Heath's Government as Solicitor General (1970-72) and Minister for Trade & Consumer Affairs (1972-74). He was responsible for the preparation and passage through Parliament of the principal legislation providing for Britain's membership of the EC and for the 1986 enlargement and 1992 Single Market Programme.

Lord Howe served as Chairman of the International Monetary Fund Interim Committee (1982-83) and attended eleven World Economic Summits (1979-89). International Advisory Boards on which he has served include those of J.P. Morgan, Stanford University, the Carlyle Partnership and Fuji (Mitzuho) Bank. He served as Chairman of the Framlington Russian Investment Fund (1994-2003) and on the Advisory Council of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine (1991-98).

As Foreign Secretary, Lord Howe was responsible for the negotiation with the People's Republic of China of the 1984 Joint Declaration on the future of Hong Kong and is now President of the Great Britain-China Centre.