Baroness Catherine Ashton GCMG, PC
A discussion with Baroness Catherine Ashton, Irina Bokova, and Ambassador Arun K. Singh, moderated by Philadelphia Inquirer’s Trudy Rubin.
Baroness Catherine Ashton GCMG, PC served as the European Union’s first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy from 2009 to 2014. She now holds a number of portfolios in foreign and security policy. She is Global Europe Chair at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington D.C., a Senior Policy Advisor to Chatham House, and a consultant to the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. On behalf of the UN Security Council, she chaired the negotiations that ultimately resulted in the agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. She also worked with the Prime Ministers of Serbia and Kosovo leading to the Brussels agreement, for which they were all nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Previously, she was the first female E.U. Commissioner for Trade. Prior to becoming an E.U. Commissioner, she was a U.K. government minister in the House of Lords. She served in the Education and Justice departments, before being promoted to the Cabinet as Leader of the House of Lords