Chris Patten

Chris Patten



  • Dealing with the Chinese
  • The Future of Europe
  • European Politics and Economics
  • World Affairs
  • Leadership
  • Crisis Management

What he offers

Using the lessons learned in Hong Kong Lord Patten is able to offer audiences tremendous insights into dealing with the Chinese. As a recent EU Commissioner he also has a wealth of expertise in European as well as global politics and economics. He is ideally qualified to advise organisations keen to expand in Europe.

How he presents

Lord Patten is an eloquent speaker with a wealth of experience as a diplomat on the world stage, this together with his expansive knowledge of international relations, provides an excellent source for his witty and erudite presentations on the current worldview.

Lord Patten of Barnes was appointed Governor of Hong Kong in April 1992, a position he held until 1997, overseeing the return of Hong Kong to China. He was Chairman of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland set up under the Good Friday Peace Agreement, which reported in 1999. In September 1999 he was appointed European Commissioner for External Relations, a post he held until November 2004. On leaving office in Brussels he was made a life peer and took his seat in the House of Lords in January 2005. In 2006 he was appointed Co-Chair of the UK-India Round Table. He was Chairman of the BBC Trust from 2011-2014.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, and Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He was appointed Chancellor of Newcastle University in 1999, and elected Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 2003.


  • What Next?: Surviving the Twenty-First Century (2008)
  • Cousins and Strangers: America, Britain, and Europe in a New Century (2006)
  • Not Quite the Diplomat: Home Truths about World Affairs (2005)
  • The European Dream (2004)
  • East and West: China, Power, and the Future of Asia (1998)
  • Tory Case (1983)


“Chris delivered well above expectations. The content fitted absolutely with our mission and the audience felt very positive.”

Presentation Languages: English

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