2018 Speakers

William Hague

Lord Hague has been a prominent political leader for more than 20 years, serving as Leader of the Conservative Party and as Foreign Secretary. After announcing his intention to step down, he concluded his political career as First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons.

In four years as Foreign Secretary, Lord Hague dealt with a turbulent period encompassing wars in Libya and Syria, withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Ukraine crisis, the struggle against terrorism and relations with Europe. He expanded Britain’s diplomatic network and placed a renewed emphasis on export success.

He was also responsible for two of Britain’s intelligence agencies, and visited more countries than any Foreign Secretary in history. William also led the negotiating team that created coalition government in 2010.

His mix of international and domestic experience has given him a deep knowledge of the inside of politics and the reasons for growing instability in world affairs.

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