SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

In conversation with Dr José Ramos-Horta

José Ramos-Horta

Date: 28 September 2016Time: 6:15 PM

Finishes: 28 September 2016Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

SOAS welcomes His Excellency Dr José Ramos-Horta (former President of Timor-Leste (East Timor) (2007-2012)) who will be in conversation with Baroness Valerie Amos (Director of SOAS)​.

Valerie will engage José in a Q&A discussion on topics relating to: 

  1. The struggle for East Timor's independence from Indonesia
  2.  State and peace building in Timor-Leste since independence
  3. Current affairs in Timor-Leste 
  4. The United Nations and prospects for reform
  5. Peace-building in Guinea-Bissau
  6. Benefits and burdens of the Nobel Peace Prize

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In conversation with Dr José Ramos-Horta

Dr José Ramos-Horta  

Dr José Ramos-Horta

His Excellency Dr José Ramos-Horta is the former President of Timor-Leste (East Timor) (2007-2012) and also served as Prime Minister (2006-2007), Foreign Minister (2002-2006) and Cabinet Member in the United Nations Transition Administration for East Timor (UNTAET) (2000-2002). He was co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996 in recognition for his work towards a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor. Dr Ramos-Horta lived in exile for 24 years following the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975 and represented the East Timor independence movement at the United Nations and around the world. Following independence in 1999, he was finally able to return to Timor-Leste and has played a pivotal role in peace-building and poverty reduction in the small, conflict-torn nation. Since leaving office, Dr Ramos-Horta has continued to work on a number of high-level peace-building and human rights projects around the world including as the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Guinea-Bissau (2012-2014), a Vice-Chairman of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council and a Co-Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism.

Valerie Amos (SOAS Director)

Valerie Amos

Valerie joined as Director of SOAS, University of London in September 2015.  From 2010, she served as Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN. She served in a number of roles in the public sector including in local government and as Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Valerie was an adviser to the Mandela Government on leadership, change, management and strategy issues between 1994 and 1998.  She was appointed a Labour Life Peer in 1997 and became a member of the Government in 1998.  She was a Foreign Office Minister, Secretary of State for International Development, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council.  She also served as UK High Commissioner to Australia before joining the UN.  In June 2016, she was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

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