Peter Sutherland (Chairman of Goldman Sachs International)

Exclusive Breakfast Event in London


I am absolutely delighted to confirm that PETER D SUTHERLAND SC, one of Europe’s most distinguished businessmen, will be our Guest Speaker at the “Lawyers’ Business Development Club“.

Peter D Sutherland SC

PETER D SUTHERLAND SC  is the Chairman of Goldman Sachs International and is the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN for Migration.


Mr. Sutherland has kindly agreed to tell us about his personal career journey.


Date: Thursday, 25 September 2014

Time: 7.45 a.m. to 9.00 a.m.

Venue: Exclusive City of London venue

Peter D Sutherland SC:  Biography


Mr Peter Sutherland is Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (1995 – current).  He is Chairman of the London School of Economics and is currently UN Special Representative for Migration and Development.

Of Irish nationality he was born on 25 April 1946 and was educated at Gonzaga College, University College Dublin and the King’s Inns. Mr. Sutherland graduated in Civil Law.  He was also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America.  From 1969 to 1981 he practised at the Bar.  He is a Bencher of the Middle Temple, London and is an Honorary Bencher of the King’s Inns.  He was admitted to the Inner Bar in Ireland.

In addition to his Chairmanships listed above he also 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 has served on the Boards of thirteen major companies in Europe and the US. He is also associated with the following organisations:

  • The Federal Trust, President
  • The Royal Irish Academy, Member
  • Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation
  • Consultor for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See
  • Trilateral Commission Honorary Chairman (2010- )
  • Governor, National Institute of Economic and Social Research

Mr Sutherland has previously served as:

  • Attorney General of Ireland (1981-1984)
  • EC Commissioner responsible for Competition Policy (1985-1989)
  • Chairman of Allied Irish Banks (1989-1993)
  • Director General of The World Trade Organisation, formerly GATT (1993-1995)
  • Chairman of BP p.l.c. (1997 – 2009)
  • Vice-Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists (1997-2009)
  • Trilateral Commission (Europe) Chairman (2001-2010)
  • World Economic Forum Foundation Board Member (1995-2013)

His awards include an honorary Knighthood (UK 2004), the Gold Medal of the European Parliament (1988), the First European Law Prize (Paris 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 Legion d’Honneur (France 1993) Commandeur du Wissam (Morocco 1994) the Order of Rio Branco (Brazil 1996) and the Grand Cross of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique (Portugal 1998). 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, the Dean’s Medal (1996) from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and the Foundation Day Medal from University College Dublin (2004).

He has received fifteen honorary doctorates from universities in Europe and America. He was awarded an honorary fellowship of the London Business School, the Oxford University Institute of Economics and more recently St Benet’s Hall University of Oxford. He was Heffernan Visiting Fellow at Harvard University 1989 and has received Honorary Life Membership of The Royal Dublin Society (2013).

His publications include the book ‘Premier Janvier 1993 ce qui va changer en Europe’ (1989) and numerous articles in law journals. He Chaired the Committee that reported to the EEC Commission on the functioning of the Internal Market after 1992 (The Sutherland Report). He recently co-chaired a group of high-level trade experts to provide an analysis and recommendations in support of trade liberalisation and revitalisation (World Trade and the Doha Round, May 2011).

Mr Sutherland is married and has three children. His leisure interests include reading and sport.

Exclusive Invitation-Only Event


This will be an exclusive invitation-only event for previous Guests of the “Lawyers’ Business Development Club“.

However, if you would like to be added to the “List of Interested Parties“, please feel free to get in touch.  I will happily add your name to this list.  I will confirm later in the summer if we are in a position to offer you a place.


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Have a great evening.






Colin Carroll

Founder & Managing Director

“Lawyers’ Business Development Club”



Telephone:   07917 301 070







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