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More About David Howell


Lord David Howell, Baron Howell of Guilford, Member of House of Lords of the United Kingdom. The only Minister to have served in Heath, Thatcher and Cameron administrations, Lord Howell of Guildford has maintained a close engagement with government foreign policy, with energy policies and with the Commonwealth throughout. He served under Margaret Thatcher as her first Energy and Transport Secretary and has held numerous Government and public posts since – including Foreign and Commonwealth Minister of State in the 2010 Coalition Government. He was the President of the UK Energy Industries Council 2012- 15, President of the British Council of Energy Economics 2006- 15, has been chair of the Windsor Energy Group since 2005 and is co-Chair of Access for Women in Energy.

 Lord Howell is a former treasury economist. He was for ten years the Chair of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and one of the chief architects of UK-Japan relations. He was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Emperor of Japan in 2002. Lord Howell was Chair of the House of the newly formed Lords International Relations Committee 2017-2019, and currently sits on the Lords Constitutional Committee. He is also President of the Royal Commonwealth Society and actively engaged with the Commonwealth network’s 53 country membership on energy and trade issues. He is the UK member of the Commonwealth Governance Reform High Level Group. He advises Mitsubishi Electric, the Kuwait Investment Office and Japan Central Railway Ltd. – among other companies, and is a former adviser to UBS, Wood Mackenzie, Dow Chemical, Trafalgar House, Jardine Thompson and Merck, Sharp and Dohme. Lord Howell is the author of several books and he is a regular contributor to The Japan Times and other publications.

Lord Howell’s latest books are ‘Look Where We’re Going ‘(2019) ‘The Japan Affair Vol I’ (2020) The Japan Affair Vol II (2021). He is also the author of the earlier best-selling ‘The Edge of Now’ (2000) and ‘Old Links and New Ties’ (2013).

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