Peter Sutherland is chairman of Goldman Sachs International in London, a position he assumed in 1995, and serves as the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Migration & Development. Prior to joining the World Trade Organization (GATT) in 1993, he was with the firm for three years as an international advisor. Peter was chairman of BP plc from 1997 to December 2009. He is chairman of the London School of Economics.
Previously, Peter was attorney general of Ireland, a commissioner of the European Communities and then chairman of Allied Irish Banks. He then went on to be the director-general of GATT. Peter is honorary president of the European Policy Centre in Brussels and honorary chairman of the Trilateral Commission (Europe).
Peter is a Foundation Board member of the World Economic Forum. He is a Consultor for the Administration of the Finances of the Holy See. Peter is also president of The Federal Trust. He is a UNIDO goodwill ambassador and Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Migration and Development. In 2011, Peter co-chaired a trade experts group to provide analysis and recommendations in support of trade liberalization and revitalization on the nomination of the Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey and Indonesia.
Peter earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Law from University College Dublin. He is an honorary bencher of the King’s Inns. He has received fifteen honorary doctorates from universities in Europe and America. Peter has also received an honorary (KCMG) Knighthood from the United Kingdom and has been decorated by Spain, Belgium, France, Morocco, Brazil, Portugal and New Zealand. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory (Papal decoration) in 2008. He is an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School and the Oxford University Institute of Economics.