Peter Sutherland

Peter Sutherland SC, KCMG

After graduating in civil law, Peter Sutherland was called to the Bar where he practised for twelve years. At the age of 34, he became the youngest Attorney General of Ireland. He served under two governments and was then appointed to the European Commission in 1985, being responsible for competition policy and, later, also for education.

He was the youngest ever European Commissioner when appointed and served in the first Delors Commission.

Mr Sutherland was Chairman of BP plc from 1997 to December 2009, Chairman of the London School of Economics (2008-2015) and Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (1995-2015).

Mr Sutherland is currently the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for International Migration.

He is President of St. Benet's Hall, University of Oxford and is a Professor in Practice at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Board Mandates

Mr Sutherland serves on the board of Directors of Allianz, Koc Holding A.S. and BW Group Limited and is a member of the Advisory Board of Eli Lilly. He is also associated with the following organisations:

• The Federal Trust, President 
• European Policy Centre Advisory Council, President
• The Royal Irish Academy, Member
•Trilateral Commission, Honorary Chairman
• President of the International Catholic Migration Commission

He is Consultor for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See and Governor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

Mr Sutherland has been Chairman of Allied Irish Banks, Director General of The World Trade Organisation and Vice-Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists.


Mr Sutherland received an honorary knighthood (UK 2004), the Gold Medal of the European Parliament (1988),The David Rockefeller International Leadership Award (1998), the Grand Cross of Civil Merit (Spain 1989), the Grand Cross of King Leopold II (Belgium 1989), the New Zealand Commemorative Medal (1990), Chevalier de la L├ęgion d'Honneur (France 1993) Commandeur du Wissam (Morocco 1994), the Order of Rio Branco (Brazil 1996) and the Order of the Polar Star (Sweden 2014). He was also presented with the Robert Schuman Medal for his work for European Integration. Furthermore, he received the European Person of the Year Award (1988), the Irish People of the Year Award (1989), the Consumer for World Trade Annual Award (1994) for distinguished service, and the Dean's Medal (1996) from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. 

He has received sixteen honorary doctorates from universities in Europe and America.

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