The Rt. Hon. Lord Christopher Patten, Tuesday, February 2nd

Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, participates in a signing for his new book, “What Next? Surviving the 21st Century,” in Hong Kong, China, on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008. Patten may be “not quite the diplomat” as he once said. Yet he’s every bit the crowd-pleaser. He’s at a Hong Kong book-signing — his fifth in two days — for his latest title, “What Next? Surviving the 21st Century,” and he gamely poses for a crush of photographers and autograph seekers. Photographer: Paul Hilton/Bloomberg News


Reception and Remarks

  Non-Members, $50; Members, $15

  Private dinner 8-9:30PM. $250 Executive Members get first priority.

Lord Patten will share his considerable experience and insights at The Common Good on the emerging power of China and its relations with the rest of the world.


Lord Patten of Barnes is Chancellor of Oxford University and co-chair of the UK-India Round Table, a former European Commissioner for External Relations, the last Governor of Hong Kong, and a member of the UKParliament’s House of Lords.

Patten began his career in the Conservative Party, serving as a member of Parliament for Bath from 1979 to 1992. He was a minister in the Northern Ireland office and department of education and became minister for overseas development in 1986. He became secretary of state for the environment in 1989 and chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and chairman of the Conservative Party in 1990.

Lord Patten was appointed governor of Hong Kong in April 1992, a position he held until 1997, overseeing the return of Hong Kong to China. He was chairman of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland set up under the Good Friday Peace Agreement which reported in 1999. From 1999 to 2004 he was European Commissioner for External Relations, and in January 2005 he took his seat in the House of Lords. He was Chairman of the BBC Trust from 2011 to 2014.

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