Paddy Ashdown

Paddy Ashdown

Soldier, Spy, Diplomat

@paddyashdown | TED talk

“I was a soldier at the end of the golden age of imperial soldiering; a spy at the end of the golden age of spying; a politician while politics was still a calling and an international peace-builder, backed by Western power, before Iraq and Afghanistan drained the West of both influence and morality.” -Paddy Ashdown

Lord Ashdown is a former member of the British Parliament and a diplomat with a lifelong commitment to international cooperation. Throughout his career, Paddy Ashdown has moved across the international stage. He served as a Royal Marine and an intelligence officer in MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service of the United Kingdom, before becoming a member of Parliament. In 1988 he became the first leader of the newly formed Liberal Democrat party. After leaving Parliament he served as the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

His TEDx Brussels talk in 2011 was spellbinding and outlined the three major global shifts that he saw coming, claiming that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. Paddy has agreed to come for a follow up talk.