Valerie Amos is Director of SOAS, University of London since September 2015. From 2010, she served as Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN. She was an adviser to the Mandela Government on leadership, change, management and strategy issues (1994-1998). In 1997 she was appointed a Labour Life and became a member of the Government in 1998. She was a Foreign Office Minister, Secretary of State for International Development, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. She also served as UK High Commissioner to Australia before joining the UN.